I’m not someone who stops in their tracks when a certain vehicle drives by, or knows the differences between a 1969 and 1972 model of ANY car. And, while I deeply appreciate the passion some people have for all things auto, to me a car is a car. Unless, of course, we’re talking about the Ford Thunderbird. There is something about this automobile that melts my heart. That makes me super excited about the ’64 convertible Thunderbird we received as a car donation – pictured above with Kelly, Melanie and Kayla. It’s made even sweeter because proceeds are supporting animal welfare organization, LAST CHANCE FOR ANIMALS.
My Dad had a T-bird when I was just a kid. It needed lots of work, but that’s why he bought it. By the time it was stolen from us in the middle of the night, dad had it just shy of completely restored. Now an adult with a small child of my own, I know how much blood, sweat and tears (and money) go into making “the impossible”, possible. So, while the T-bird was “shiny and pretty” to me as a child,…now I “get it”, Dad.
Something Special: Ford manufactured over 4.4 million T-birds over the span of 50 years beginning in 1955. Only 92,465 units of the ‘64 model were produced1 and it was the only model to have the word “Thunderbird’ on the front hood instead of the image of the Thunderbird. In response to small trunk space concerns from owners, Ford introduced the “deep well” trunk in this year’s model creating more room than ever before. 2 Modifications continued until sales started to fall in 1981…which some will proclaim was the beginning of the end for the Ford Thunderbird who could never really recapture the market strength it once boasted.
According to its VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), this particular Ford is a 1964 convertible that came off the line in Wixom, Michigan. It’s got a 390 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 engine and was the 139,991 car ordered for production. Today, this ’64 Thunderbird became part of the car donation wizard program and is slated to help save the lives of mistreated and abused animals around the world.
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