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1959 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Convertible

Make: Ford
Model: Thunderbird
Type: Convertible
Trim: Hardtop Convertible
Year: 1959
Mileage: 229
VIN: J9YH157551
Color: Brandy Wine Red
Engine: 430ci V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

1959 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Convertible Additional Info:

1959 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop Convertible

Very rare, factory J-code 430ci V8 producing 350 horsepower! Equipped with all favored equipment that includes air conditioning, power steering & brakes, power seat, 14″ Kelsey Hayes wire wheels, tonneau cover, continental kit, and more!!

Known affectionately as the ‘Square Bird” this particular body style was only produced for 3 years and represents the first of the larger bodied 4-seater T-birds, the introduction of the 2 door hardtop, and the complete departure from the 2-seater roadsters produced from 1955 to 1957.

This utterly superb 1959 Thunderbird is direct from a collection and boasts an exceptional nut & bolt rotisserie restoration and is in exceptional condition throughout! the rare and powerful J-code 430ci-4bbl V8 linked to smooth shifting Cruise-O-Matic transmission, and fitted with favored options such as Select-Aire air conditioner, power steering and brakes, power convertible top, power driver’s seat, heater/defrost, upgraded AM/FM/Cassette radio in stock location, all tinted glass, exterior spotlight rearview mirrors, chrome 14” Kelsey Hayes wire wheels surrounded by Coker Classic 3″ radial whitewall tires, front bumper guards, fender skirts, rear continental kit, rear seat tonneau cover, auxiliary hardtop with sunroof, windshield washer, and more!

This Thunderbird, finished in beautiful Brandy Wine Red with all new black interior upholstery accented with silver piping, is as stunning to see as it is to drive! It was treated to a professional rotisserie restoration where you can confidently say every single nut and bolt was touched and every single component was restored, rebuilt, or replaced for new. It is as beautifully sharp and detailed underneath as it is on top, and has never seen inclement weather of any kind. Obviously hardly used since completion in 2012, it has been wonderfully maintained for car shows accumulating only 229 miles. For the trained aficionado, or the dedicated enthusiast, there will be few such exemplary cars to be had as this market!

Beginning with a 1959 J-code hardtop, the restorer spent some 5,000 man hours during the restoration to convert it to a factory convertible saving the original hardtop components to be used as an accessory auxiliary component. You will find it is beyond remarkable well executed with results far superior to any factory car from the assembly line! Looking closely, note the hood latches, hood catches, wiper surrounds, door latches, etc. have all been chromed. The door sill plates and interior bright work have all been highly polished, all exterior chrome triple dipped for the ultimate shine, and hand-rubbed paint that is as deep as the ocean, even underneath the car and inner fender wells! A completely polished stainless steel exhaust system, fully finished trunk area, and durable Hartz Stayfast canvass top all continue to add to the unrivaled nature of this amazing restoration! All features on this car are in working order including wonderfully cold a/c, dash clock, courtesy lights, all safety items, power convertible top operation, right down to the cigarette lighter! This is a Thunderbird you must truly see to appreciate! A remarkable buy in every sense just for the restoration cost savings alone!

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  • Price: $79,900
  • VIN: J9YH157551
  • Cylinders: V8
  • Title: Clear/ MO
  • Exterior Color: Brandy Wine Red
  • Carfax:
  • Engine: 430ci
  • Transmission: Cruise-O-Matic
  • Mileage: 229
  • Interior Color: Black
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