While some of the ‘heavy lifting’ has been completed on this 1961 Ford Thunderbird convertible, there’s still a fair portion to go. Luckily, that’s reflected in the price of the car where it’s listed for sale here on eBay. You can either buy it now for exactly $4,616.23, or take your chances in the no reserve auction where bidding starts at $3,561.63. No, I don’t know why the seller chose such odd dollar figures, but you can go to Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania and look the car over in person when you ask them.
A substantial portion of the original paint has been removed, and while some of what the work has exposed is good, there’s certainly some areas that will require some more work. The seller tells us that they have owned the car since 1988 and kept it stored inside. They also talk about having parted out dozens of cars and have saved the best sheet metal for this one. It looks like the only metal work you will have to do is some work on the trunk floor and in the area where the top lowers.
While there are some panels shown in the ad, I’m not sure if they included these fenders or not. Obviously you will need to do some fixing here, hopefully with metal rather than body filler. There are a pair of extra doors included. The seller has a lot of extra Thunderbird parts to sell as well, but they are not included with the auction.
Here’s some of the rust you’ll be working on in the top storage area. You’ll want to cut out the corrosion first.
And here’s the top that goes into that hole. This is what scared me the most when I was looking this car over. I watched how complex my uncle’s 1960 T-Bird convertible was when the top went down, and the idea of connecting all those electro-hydraulic items from scratch and making everything work scares me a little, although this one looks like a simpler system. Do you think this is a good price? Or would you look for a more put together project?