Thunderbird styling was again changed in 1961. Ford introduced the "projectile" look, a design featuring full-length body sculpturing and an even thinner roof than previous models. Standard equipment included automatic transmission, power steering and brakes. A unique swing-away steering wheel – ordered by nearly 77 percent of all Thunderbird buyers – was optional.
The "projectile" styling continued through 1963, with the 1962 model offering more than 100 improvements. Two exciting new models, a two-seater roadster and a vinyl-covered hardtop Landau coupe were developed.
Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.
300 hp, 390 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 with four-barrel Holley carburetor, three-speed automatic transmission, front independent and rear leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113 in.
Sources: Ford press and RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel