Lot 56
1972 Ford Thunderbird Landau Hardtop


Selling on Wednesday

From The Chuck Morgan Estate Collection

CHASSIS NO: 2Y87N129498

• Acquired new by the Morgans
• Preserved in original condition and a pleasure to drive and enjoy
• Personal luxury car with top-of-the-line appointments
• Excellent candidate for Historical Preservation Awards

429 cid V-8 engine, 201 HP, four-barrel Autolite carburetor, four-speed automatic transmission, Independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with rear leaf springs, power-assisted front disc brakes, rear drum brakes; wheelbase 120.5”

When first introduced, Ford’s little Thunderbird was not so much a “sports car” as it was a “personal car”. With the introduction of the four-seater “Squarebirds” in 1958, the T-bird found its real niche in the market as the industry’s first “Personal Luxury Car.” Any pretense to being “sporty” had pretty much been erased from this model’s immediate future, though the idea of a performance-oriented vehicle would return with some limitations in the 1980s. However, through the 1960s, Thunderbird’s dimensions and luxury status continued to grow. From 1958 to 1966, T-bird shared the unibody design elements of the Lincoln Continentals and were assembled at the same factory in Wixom, Michigan. In 1967, Thunderbird departed from Lincoln in assembly techniques and returned to a body-on-frame construction. In mid-1968, the first body-on-frame Lincoln in many years returned with the appearance of the Continental Mark III coupe. For 1972, an all-new Thunderbird appeared that was very closely related to the new Continental Mark IV.

This stunning example of the Thunderbird from 1972 exemplifies the superiority the American car market still had in the world of luxurious cars. Finished in Harvest Yellow, it is fitted with the optional vinyl top in brown and fitted with the very desirable landau side bars. Powered by the mighty 429 cubic-inch big-block V-8 engine, it features a full assortment of power amenities such as power steering, power front disc brakes, power windows, and power seats, as well as factory air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, factory AM-FM stereophonic radio and a lavish interior finished in its original tan leather. The Morgan's acquired this car in 1972 and it has been part of thier collection its entire life. Showing under 56,000 miles from new, this is a remarkably well-preserved original automobile would be a perfect fit for any historical preservation award or for vintage car touring and doing that in the lap of luxury. When introduced, this new generation of personal luxury from Ford Motor Company was very well-received with a total of 57,814 examples being produced. With dependable mechanics and excellent initial assembly quality, most of these T-birds were driven and enjoyed by their owners, leaving very few survivors anywhere near the condition of this car. Offered from the Chuck Morgan Estate Collection, where all his vehicles were maintained to the highest degree, this 48-year old single-owner hardtop will deliver many more years of enjoyable motoring and may very well capture a few ribbons and trophies along the way.