By the time Ford dispensed (at least temporarily) with the Thunderbird moniker in 2005, the model had progressed through no less than 11 generations, the combined production total of which was in excess of 4.4 million. It had also been immortalised by the Beach Boys’ hit song Fun Fun Fun. The first generation cars hit the streets in October 1954 and, while it was created in direct response to Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford’s emphasis was more on comfort than overt sportiness. Though sleeker than most of its Ford siblings, it shared many of their components and the 292ci (4.8-litre) V8 engine was borrowed from the company’s Mercury division. By the time the fourth generation appeared in 1964, the T-Bird was an altogether larger proposition, with four rather than two seats and power from a 6.4-litre V8 of either 300bhp or 330bhp, mated to a three-speed automatic gearbox. The styling reflected the trend for twin headlamps and by 1965 disc brakes had become standard fare for the front wheels. There was a choice of Coupé, Convertible or Landau body styles, each equally imposing in their own way.
In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, John Entwistle was best known as the original bass guitarist for the English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the band to have formal musical training, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2011, he was voted as the greatest bass guitarist of all time in a Rolling Stone magazine reader’s poll, and in its special ‘100 Greatest Bass Players’ issue in 2017, Bass Player Magazine named Entwistle at number seven. Entwistle is considered to have done for the bass what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar. As befits any true rock star of the 1960’s and 70’s, Entwhistle also loved cars, with a special penchant for the products of Rolls-Royce, and American classics of the 1950’s and 60’s.
Coys are delighted to have had the pleasure of selling his very own Ford Thunderbird in the past, and we are delighted to have the opportunity once more. This lovely original unmolested Thunderbird was specified from new with the 390ci V8 engine, known as the ‘Jetbird’. The T-Bird was optioned with the desirable continental kit, comprising of spare wheel on the rear bumper, chrome luggage rack, Kelsey Hayes wheels and signpost lights. Also fitted are automatic transmission, power windows, power seats, power hood with power deck, air conditioning and rear spats. An American motoring icon once owned by a British rock icon, what could possibly be better?