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Pretty In Pink: 1960 Thunderbird Convertible

1960 Ford Thunderbird

This Thunderbird was on display at the museum for years. The owner wants to sell it and is asking $9,000 for it, so it is listed on the California Automobile Museum’s website. It is complete and very original. It has a bit less than 100,000 miles on it. It runs, but the transmission leaks and the linkage is loose and makes it hard to get into the right gear. The brakes grab and the power windows don’t work. The convertible top isn’t even hooked up. But this Thunderbird is solid and this is one of those times I can say there is no rust, really! The paint code says pink, so if one were to restore it to original it would have to stay pink. The average sale price for a ’60 T-Bird is about $38,000 and even a condition 4 car is worth over $20,000. What do you think would be a fair price for this? With a bit of work this could be a driver if you don’t mind pink and going topless. What would you do with this pink bird? And let me know if anyone wants more detailed pictures or has any questions.


  1. Avatar photo Charles

    I like this, and I don’t care for pink cars, however pale pink seems to fit this car. I have a thing for cars that are original or at least mostly original. This car certainly fits into that category. The mechanical issues and electrical issues are far less of a concern than the issues found in a rusted out example.

    Of course, I can’t afford this car. Hopefully it will go to someone who will have it sorted out and continue to enjoy it in stock form.

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  2. Avatar photo Mark E

    The OB/GYN that delivered my sister had a 1960 T-bird convertible. My Mother always wanted one… ^_^

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    • Avatar photo JW454

      Wanted what? A pink T-Bird or your sister? lol I just had to.


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  3. Avatar photo Rex Kahrs Member

    Is it just me, or does this car seem kinda unkempt for a museum car?

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  4. Avatar photo Ceezy

    Fix the problem areas and drive and enjoy, from the pictures it doesn’t look too bad. Too bad it’s one of my least favorite birds.

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  5. Avatar photo Bruce E

    I’m with Rex. Something doesn’t sit right with me either…Paint over spray in the wheel houses, the fit of the front bumper, the nicks & dings..Not museum quality for sure. Maybe something they picked up to resell and make a few $$$ on to keep the museum open…

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    • Avatar photo David Member

      This Thunderbird was displayed for a number of years. Few of the cars in the museum are show cars. The mission of this and other museums is to educate, to show the history of automobiles, mostly as they were driven, like this Peerless or Jerry Brown’s Plymouth. Original cars show the story of automobiles in a way restored examples cannot. The museum does not pick up cars to resell. Some are donated, some are sold on consignment to support the museum which is totaly self supporting.

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  6. Avatar photo joeinthousandoaks

    I think its a nice looking unmolested car. Fix the windows and top, worth the mechanics, and drive it, if the price can be adjusted. It might be hard to find the missing fender skirts.

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  7. Avatar photo 64 bonneville

    How often can you come across a running and driving “square-bird” convertible with a $9K asking price? and they do financing! I saw this on their site some time back and it was a car donated to them to help with the costs of running the museum.

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  8. Avatar photo krash

    ….the ideal parade car…

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  9. Avatar photo David Member

    It sold for $8000

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