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Rich Sufficool
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A decade removed from land yachts like the Turnpike Cruiser, this 1965 Thunderbird has evolved into a mid-priced personal luxury car that wore its name with subtle European style appointments. The body is now sleek and rounded with fins and projections a thing of the past. Gone are the garish trim packages where more meant luxury. The interior reveals a muted, non-reflected color pallet offering more utilitarian comfort features like storage consoles that divided the interior into a roomy 4 seat sporty vehicle. Nothing seems like 'tacked on' accessory. It all flows beautifully including the retractable top that completely disappears leaving just smooth clean lines.... no continental kit on this baby. I remember the first time I rode in one of these. A buddy of mine who got a good job right out of high school bought one and I was so jealous thinking of wasting my years in college. LOL

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Posted by: @rich-sufficool

A decade removed from land yachts like the Turnpike Cruiser, this 1965 Thunderbird has evolved into a mid-priced personal luxury car that wore its name with subtle European style appointments. The body is now sleek and rounded with fins and projections a thing of the past. Gone are the garish trim packages where more meant luxury. The interior reveals a muted, non-reflected color pallet offering more utilitarian comfort features like storage consoles that divided the interior into a roomy 4 seat sporty vehicle. Nothing seems like 'tacked on' accessory. It all flows beautifully including the retractable top that completely disappears leaving just smooth clean lines.... no continental kit on this baby. I remember the first time I rode in one of these. A buddy of mine who got a good job right out of high school bought one and I was so jealous thinking of wasting my years in college. LOL

65TBird 001 001
65TBird 004
65TBird 061
65TBird 038 001
65TBird 062
65TBird 063
65TBird 064 001
65TBird 027

 

65TBird 003 001
65TBird 005
65TBird 004
65TBird 032
65TBird 072
65TBird 019
65TBird 020
65TBird 016
65TBird 017
65TBird 007
65TBird 009
65TBird 039

IMO, one of the most beautiful Ford's ever built. Your pics, Rich, may have been taken a few years ago but they still look great and bring this T-Bird to life. If only cars could look so good in today's design world. Some do...some don't. For me, the Genesis name brand are quite attractive...lol...if you can describe a car that way. 

Steve


   
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Jack Dodds
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I always much preferred the look of the gorgeous '61-'63 T-Bird over this design.  I had a '64 but didn't keep it long; I just never liked its looks and how it handled.


   
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@jack-dodds 

I do prefer the '64 over the '65. And the '63 over the slab-sided '61-'62. Jus my opin.

Steve


   
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@100ford2003 one of my all time favorite models, thanks Rich.


   
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Christopher Moroni
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Impressive details! That rear speaker grill, a pull-down for the center armrest, 4 tiny black "rubber" front seat bumpers, that dash, etc., etc., etc... really impressive!


   
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@chris 

And amber bulbs in the front bumper turn signals !!! Dang !!! 

Steve


   
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One of DM's best.  The interior is killer!  

 


   
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This model was my first and what started me collecting.... I love it.. 


   
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