Tahoe Turquoise T-Bird: 1967 Landau Coupe

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I was eleven when the all-new 1967 Thunderbirds rolled into the local Ford dealership’s showroom. I remember how different they looked from the 1966 model. They appeared bigger and wider and I loved that new jet-age front end styling with the big oval egg crate grille and hidden headlights. I even parted with some birthday money and bought a ’67 Thunderbird model car (and remember painting it a similar shade of turquoise). Described as a “barn find out of an estate,” this super-straight ’67 Thunderbird Landau Coupe is in Phoenix, Arizona and is for sale here on craigslist for $8,999 or best offer. The seller will deliver for free within 50 miles of Phoenix.

1967 was a pivotal year for the future direction of the Thunderbird. With increasing competition from GM, the wild success of the Mustang, and the new Cougar, Camaro, and Firebird making their debuts, Ford decided to use their rear sequential turn signal to move further over into the Luxury Lane. Thunderbird TV ads and sales literature described the new ‘Bird as “The luxury car of now that flies like the future,” and used lush words and phrases such as “elegance…beautiful appointments…personal luxury wherever you look, wherever you touch” to let you know the new Thunderbird was transitioning into Lincoln territory.

 

 

Not many details and history of the ‘Bird are shared by the seller and the photos aren’t the best, but it appears to be a solid, rust-free southwest survivor. The T-Bird has had only two owners, was sold new in Los Angeles and came to Arizona in the 70’s. It’s had one repaint to its original Code U Tropical Turquoise Metallic that looks presentable with no visible rust or dents, the black vinyl top with the “gleaming Landau “S” bars also looks good, as well as the chrome, stainless, glass and trim.

The interior of the ’67 Thunderbird continues the “jet pilot” theme from previous years and has one of the coolest cockpits around. The black interior is original and looks near perfect. The seller states there’s an inch-long tear on the side of the driver’s seat, but the dash looks great with no cracks, so it’s obvious this ‘Bird has been kept indoors the past 55 years. With luxury the new direction, the ‘67’s came loaded and this one has air conditioning, power steering, power windows, power seats, the new AMFM Stereo Multiplex Radio, and a Tilt-Away Steering Wheel. And it was the 60’s, so of course the front ash tray is included with the interior courtesy lights.

Under that long Tahoe Turquoise hood rests the ‘Bird’s dusty powerplant, the 390-cubic-inch, 4-bbl Thunderbird Special V8 that generated 315 horsepower when new. It’s mated to Ford’s SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. The seller says “the car will run off a bottle and go into gear with no smoke” and believes the 31,000 miles could be original.  The new ’67 Thunderbird was a refined cloud cruiser for sure and Ford’s new direction was accepted by the public with the ’67 outselling the ’66 ‘Bird 77,976 to 69,176. I’m not sure how many of these luxury coupes are left, especially in this kind of condition, but I’m hoping the next owner can get this ‘Bird back on the road and soaring again.

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Comments

  1. Major Bystander

    Very nice car!

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  2. GregM

    This will sell. Quickly.

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  3. Thos

    I had one of these Birds. Mine had the 428 ci engine. Great gas mileage on the road. In town not so good. Traded it in on a wife 54 years ago.

    Like 4
  4. Jeff

    The text says this Bird is “Code U Tropical Turquoise Metallic”. But the title says “Tahoe Turquoise”, which was actually CHEVROLET’s sales name for its dark Turquoise hue in 67 !

    Here’s my Tahoe Turquoise 67 Chevelle with less than 50 miles on the odometer :)
    https://www.yenko.net/forum/showthread.php?t=170613&page=3

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  5. Matt in Flint

    Nice car should sell fast.

    I have this model and color combination of this car in my childhood Hot Wheel collection starting in 1968, still have many of my originals

    Like 2
  6. Don Falloon

    Funny that the author mentions going out and buying a model of this T-bird. The very first Hot Wheels car my mom bought me was this exact color combo 67 Thunderbird. Nice looking car and the asking price is right in line with Car Report’s price guide.

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    • Matt in Flint

      I posted the same thing! I still have my Hot Wheels car this color (albeit scratched up a bit) lol

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  7. Robt

    Nice T-bird.

    Like 0
  8. Robt

    Gone.

    I would love to hot rod one these. It would be a challenge but why not?
    I love the size and it would carry a warmed up big block well with beefed up suspension, and brakes, lots weight reduction …

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  9. Bob McK

    Already gone… I love these. Actually like the 4 doors better.

    Like 1
  10. Ronn

    This model T Bird was the first real car I bought (not inherited) Mine was yellow with a white vinyl roof and interior. Fun, nice looking, but not a good choice for a 16 yr old. Too heavy and gas guzzler, even with lower gas costs.
    Sequential wall of tail lights were great. Pop up headlights didnt work long.
    Plenty of small problems, but got me around in style.

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