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Pick of the Day: 1959 Ford Thunderbird

A well-documented classic T-Bird


Documentation is an important part of any vehicle’s history. Records and photographs can validate a vehicle’s past, corroborate its special significance, and justify its mechanical condition.

The Pick of the Day is a well-documented 1959 Ford Thunderbird listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. (Click the link to view the listing)

1959 Ford Thunderbird

This T-bird underwent a two-year restoration recorded in an accompanying photo scrapbook that shows various phases of the process, including completion of the body work and the interior.

“Multi-show winner 1959 Ford Thunderbird hardtop coupe fully restored inside and out,” the listing reads. The top-to-bottom refurbishment is said to include $8,000 in re-chroming and body work, a new interior, and a rebuilt drivetrain.

The Thunderbird initially debuted as a “personal luxury car” in 1955 with seating for only two people, eventually receiving a back seat in 1958 and expanding its market segment. While still sporty in nature, the Thunderbird was marketed with an emphasis on its attributes of comfort and convenience. Along with the expanded interior space that year came a longer wheelbase, increased weight, and a new quad-headlight front fascia. The marketplace seemed to love the updates, with production ramping up from about 37,000 cars to over 67,000 between model years 1958 and 1959.

Details for the exterior of this refinished white 1959 model include fender skirts, a dual exhaust system, and wide-whitewall tires. The interior comes well-appointed too, configured in a twin-cowl layout and a full center console with generous aluminum trim. Power comes from a rebuilt 352cid V8 paired with a Cruise-O-Matic C6 three-speed automatic. “Less than 10,000 miles on the engine and trans,” the listing reads. “Original miles is 98,000.”

Included in the photo gallery is a series of images captured during restoration. The pictures demonstrate what appears to be a green original finish, a vacant engine bay, and a stripped interior — all of which help substantiate the seller’s statements about this being a comprehensive rebuild.

“You will not find a cleaner T-bird for the price. I have all the paperwork for the full two-year restoration. All done professionally. This show car is ready to ride!”

The seller is asking $29,500 or best offer for this restored – and documented — Thunderbird.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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