Superbly Crafted was the tagline of the 1971 Ford LTD brochures describing this large convertible. This one is for sale here on craigslist for only $2,650 in Newberg, Oregon. That seems like a real bargain at first glance, and it might be, but there are a few blemishes in the 46-year-old craftsmanship of those Ford engineers and assemblers. However, for that price, I think it’s worth a second look!
With classic Cragar mag wheels (unfortunately only two of them) and raised white letter tires, this LTD looks just a little bit sporty. The seller tells us that it was parked in a barn in 1991 and that they began to wake it up last fall when they purchased it. However, and I think this is a nice way to put it, “many components are still asleep,” so you’ll certainly have some work left to do.
Here’s that brochure I was talking about. The writers talk about how strongly and solidly the car is built. The convertible in the picture looks quite glamorous and I think this one could as well, in a little bit of time. There are two rusty spots on the rear floor of this car, but neither seem like too much trouble to fix properly. The seller also reports another spot in a rear quarter that is visible from the back side but not from the front–something to address right away!
This interior doesn’t look quite like the one in the brochure, though. Of course, it’s less expensive (even in pure numerical terms) than it was new, so perhaps it would be bad form to complain too much. The dash looks pretty nice, and some serious cleaning might save some of the interior components. While the glass back window is intact, you’ll need to replace the top as the fabric is completely shot.
Despite the backs of the seats looking nice, they are said to be brittle–points for seller honesty! What do you think? How about a quick makeover and enjoy the summer? That 400 V8 ought to at least get out of its own way, right? I’m in!