1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster convertible

Stunningly beautiful with inspiration from the space age


Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, front, dandenong ranges, Photo taken Dec 2019

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  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, front and side, Dandenong Ranges, Grants Picnic Ground, Photo taken Dec 2019
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, side profile, Dandenong Ranges, Cuckoo Restaurant, Photo taken Dec 2019
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, back and side, Dandenong Ranges, Photo taken Dec 2019
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, front, Dandenong Ranges Gardens, Photo taken Dec 2019
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, front close up, Dandenong Ranges, Grants Picnic ground, Photo taken Dec 2019
  • 1962 Ford Thunderbird Roadster
  • 1962 Ford Thunderbird Roadster front and side
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster back
  • Ford Thunderbird interior - 1962 model, Mt Waverley VIC, December 2016
  • Ford Thunderbird Roadster 1962 version, engine bay, December 2018

The Story

Inspired by the space age with sleek fuselage-like styling, the ’62 Thunderbird earned the nick name ‘bullet bird’ and was a mild facelift of the ’61 T’Bird.

The ’62 Thunderbird Sports Roadster of which just 1,427 were produced, was able to conceal its top automatically at the touch of a button.

When fitted with a factory fibreglass tonneau (headrests included) hiding the rear seats, the ’62 T’Bird had the appearance of a two seater but with the simple removal of the tonneau cover, four seats were revealed.

The rear jet inspired taillights capped off a stunningly beautiful design. Ford advertising for the ’62 Thunderbirds stated: “Sparkling with original ideas, from Swing-Away steering wheel to ‘floating’ rear view mirror…all crafted to Thunderbird standards of extraordinary quality”.

The Thunderbird shared many common traits with the ’61 Lincoln Continental including headlights and the full length fender ridge.

The ‘power dome’ bonnet of this 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster concealed a 390ci V8 and a ‘Cruise-O-Matic’ automatic transmission.