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Back when large, personal luxury coupes from domestic automakers still existed, the Ford Thunderbird offered a compelling value proposition to buyers who didn’t feel like shelling out extra for a Lincoln, Buick or Cadillac: By the Thunderbird’s tenth generation, the pull of personal luxury coupes had loosened its grip on the American car buying public, as did the large domestic station wagon, but before the field almost cleared for good, the Thunderbird scored a direct hit against competitors from Germany and Japan.
One of Hemmings’ recent Finds of the Day is a tenth-gen Thunderbird in its prime, in a slightly uncommon spec: A 1994 Super Coupe with a five-speed manual transmission. The Super Coupe, as connoisseurs of Detroit iron will recall, was the performance T-Bird sporting a supercharged and intercooled 3.8-liter V6, good for 230 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The example in question has been with its second owner for 15 years and is claimed to be all original, right down to the nonworking odometer that gave up around the 120,000-mile mark.
This example has been kept by its second owner for 15 years.
Finished in red over dark red leather, this example is said to have cost $24,845 in 1994 and is claimed to have been maintained and meticulously garaged.
“The engine is strong, clutch and 4-wheel disc ABS brakes are good, it shifts great, tracks perfectly straight,” the seller writes. “AC blows cold. Heater blows hot. It has four Kelly Charger GT tires with lots of life left. Brand new Optima battery. Sunroof opens smoothly along with its interior cover. Power windows and locks work flawlessly as do the 6-way dual power seats. Cruise control works as it should. Keyless entry keyfobs door touchpad work perfectly. The interior is excellent. Dash is perfect. Headliner is near perfect. Passenger and rear seats are excellent. Carpet is excellent. Factory floor mats are great. Driver seat has one tear in it. It has never been wrecked or smoked in. I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country.”
The seller notes that the clear coat is flaking in places and that the Automatic Ride Control is stuck in the firm setting. The seller also says the car is currently fitted with a JVC stereo and Rockford Fosgate speakers but that he has kept the original Ford parts.
This Thunderbird is estimated to have around 140,000 miles on the clock.