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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1960 Ford Thunderbird

NASCAR pedigree makes this bird the word

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Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by ClassicCars.com, is this 1960 Ford Thunderbird that is reportedly one of 10 prepared with NASCAR Grand National-spec equipment. Restored by Penske Racing veteran Don Miller, this T-bird is powered by a 390ci V8 paired to an factory three-speed manual. A binder of documentation, build sheet, owner’s manual and a clear Ohio title in the seller’s name will be included in the sale of this second-generation Thunderbird.

1960 Ford  Thunderbird
1960 Ford Thunderbird

Repainted burgundy with white striping, this 1960 Thunderbird was restored over two decades ago under the direction of Don Miller, a gentleman with plenty of NASCAR experience under his belt. Design and engineering for the original build were centered around the use of NASCAR Grand National equipment. More recently, the vehicle was subsequently featured in the May 2004 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines, along with other publications. Aside of the usual Thunderbird styling, the body features track-inspired performance equipment.

1960 Ford  Thunderbird
1960 Ford Thunderbird

Steel 15-inch wheels are wrapped in tires that were replaced within the last year

1960 Ford  Thunderbird
1960 Ford Thunderbird

The front buckets and rear bench are outfitted with black and white vinyl upholstery. A fire extinguisher is mounted to the center transmission hump.

1960 Ford  Thunderbird
1960 Ford Thunderbird

Instrumentation includes a 140-mph speedometer, clock, and fuel level and coolant temperature gauges plus an aftermarket tachometer. The five-digit mechanical odometer reads 13K miles, which the seller states is an accurate figure.

390cid V8
390cid V8

The 390ci has received a fluid change within the last year. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a rare column-shifted three-speed manual transmission.

1960 Ford  Thunderbird
1960 Ford Thunderbird

This race-specification vehicle sits on a heavy-duty suspension.

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Build Sheet

The sale of this Thunderbird includes a binder of documentation, build sheet and owner’s manual.

This 1960 Thunderbird’s auction ends on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 11:20 a.m. (PDT). Visit AutoHunter for more information plus complete photo gallery.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.

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