Ford Thunderbird Convertible Q Code
Following the 1961-1963 “Bullet Bird,” 1964 saw the introduction of yet another Thunderbird and, yes, yet another nickname – “Flair Bird” or “Jet Bird.” Maintaining the same basic structure and dimensions as before, exterior styling was completely revised with a lengthened hood and a shortened formal roofline.
Some innovations intended for the new Thunderbird line were delayed, only reaching production in 1965. Front disc brakes were not standard until 1965, and the sequential rear turn signals were delayed due to approval delays in certain states. As always, the Thunderbird offered a number of engine choices, providing several performance levels.
The 1966 Thunderbird Convertible offered here is one of 700 that were factory-fitted with the top “Q”-Code, 428-cubic inch “Thunderbird Special” V8 engine. Providing a 345-horsepower punch, the option was priced at just $64. Remarkably, this car is also believed to be one of only about 75 1966 Thunderbird Convertibles equipped with the 428 V8 and factory air conditioning.
345 bhp, 428-cu. in. “Q”-Code V8 engine, four-barrel Holley carburetor, Dual-Range C-6 automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs and stabilizer bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and front disc, rear drum hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 113.2"