Still a Big Bird: 1977 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau

As many of you may know, I have owned three 1978 Thunderbirds. I have owned a heavily optioned base model, a Diamond Jubilee, and currently, a Town Landau. The base model was the first new car that I purchased. I really wanted a Town Landau at the time, but settled for the base model. When Thunderbird was downsized in 1977, they only offered the base model initially, but during the model year came out with the Town Landau. Here is a 1977 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau 2 door hardtop coupe for sale here on Craigslist in Epping, New Hampshire. Thanks go out to Barn Find reader AMXBrian for finding this car and bringing to our attention.

The way to quickly distinguish a Town Landau from the regular model is by its brushed aluminum tiara band that wraps beginning just below the B-post opera window, over the roof to the opera window on the opposite side. Other exterior features of the Town Landau are a color-coordinated translucent hood ornament, accent stripes on hood, headlamp doors, upper bodyside, louvers, and trunk, wide color-keyed side molding, front cornering lamps, front and rear bumper guards and rub strips, color-keyed turbine spoke aluminum wheels, and dual remote sport mirrors. Some of these features were optional on the base model. While 1977 base model Thunderbirds only sold for $5,063, by bringing out the Town Landau at $7,990 this got Thunderbird back into the pricey territory which was $200 more than a standard 1976 Thunderbird.

About four years ago, the brake lines failed on this car and it was parked, the car running and driving fine until that point. The body is in great condition for a 42-year-old vehicle. There are no dents or dings. It appears the car may have been covered but there is no word of any rust on the vehicle.

Inside Town Landau included velour split bench seats with fold-down armrests, 18-ounce carpeting, high gloss wood tone paneling, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo search radio, tilt steering wheel, quartz day/date clock, power windows, power door locks, power driver’s seat, and more. This interior looks to be in pretty good condition except for a crack on the driver’s door armrest. Someone has done some cutting on the lower door panels to accommodate aftermarket speakers. The dash and seats appear to be in good condition.

While the seller says this car has a 351 cubic inch Cleveland engine, the 1977 Thunderbird Town Landau came with a standard 400 cubic inch engine. Maybe later in the year, the engine size was changed. The VIN code would be helpful in determining the engine. The seller also says this would be a great restoration project or you could hotrod or ratrod it. The car has 78,000 miles. The seller is asking $1,800 for this Thunderbird. For this price, its hard to find anything running these days, so the price may not be too bad. There were nearly a million 1977 to 1979 Thunderbirds produced, so any needed parts should be easy to find. Are you ready to take wings and fly in your own Big Bird?

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Comments

  1. DayDreamBeliever Member

    These cars are great at Demolition Derbies!

    Seems overpriced for that use, though *heh*. ;-)

  2. TJDasen2 Member

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen one without the two piece vinyl top. Looks nice.

  3. Boatman Member

    Look the frame over very closely. Rotted brake lines are a bad sign.

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  4. Miguel

    It is amazing how cheap the T-Birds are and how expensive the Mark Vs are, when they are virtually the same car.

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  5. David Rhoces

    my ol man had one …said it was the best the car her ever owned ….

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  6. Craig M Bryda Member

    I had a ’77 base model with a 302, it ran very good for a “OK” Used car that I bought from the Chevy dealer I worked for at the time. At first I really didn’t like it but needed a car for cheap, the price was right even if it was completely “LIPSTICK RED”, including the vinyl roof & interior. I eventually grew to tolerate the color and the car overall. This T-Bird here is one Id like to have.

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  7. PMacD

    I had a 77 with a 351 M (modified). It was a beautiful car. It was around the same time they were converting to unleaded gas. We used to convert back to regular by knocking the nozzle restrictor out of the gas tank filler and cleaning the guts out of the catalytic converter. Cheaper gas and better gas mileage.

  8. wayne

    My Brother had the exact above car (400CI), we were both coming home over 20yrs ago. He was in his T-Bird and me in my Grey 1984 Daytona. When we reached a steep inclined 2km hill , he pulls to the left lane and gets even with me to pass, I floor my Turbo Daytona..he remains in passing lane as I pull away from that gas guzzl’n pig…he couldn’t believe his eyes he confessed after we arrived home, lol.

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  9. Brian

    These cars seem really cool I just picked up one that I dont know much about or what to do with, should be fun to tinker with.

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