I always forget this generation of the Thunderbird existed. Even though the basic design remained the same for many years, this generation’s front and rear treatments looked surprisingly modern, and the tighter proportions worked well on the compact Fox platform. Seen here on eBay, this 1980 Thunderbird wears an interesting shade of pink (or peach?) and belonged to a woman who was an antique dealer and collector.
With only 60,000 miles, you would expect that the interior looked this good. Whatever the exterior color is called, I hope you like it since the scheme carries into the interior. While it does come with A/C, the belt isn’t hooked up so you know there’s more work involved than simply re-attaching it. The seller hints at some other interior work needed but doesn’t elaborate – do you see anything suspect in this photo?
Previous Thunderbirds were based on the Torino platform, making for a much larger (and heavier) car. Like so many vehicles from this era, slimming down and increasing MPGs was the name of the game. However, the 4.2L Windsor V8 seen here was not like the Thunderbirds of old, and likely turned more customers away than it attracted. Later on, a V6 was offered, but it didn’t matter much for the 8th generation’s sales.
One of my favorite features of this generation is the hideaway headlights. I loved them on the Lincolns as well, but like so many other “trick” features, they can become a nuisance with age. In this car’s case, the headlights slowly open back up after the car has been shut off, giving it a Christine-like vibe when parked in a dark garage. This Thunderbird supposedly had a transmission rebuild and a repaint not too long ago, but is the $1,800 asking price still too much?