The 1964 Thunderbird, often dubbed the ‘Jet Bird’ or sometimes the ‘Flair-Bird’ offered a unique era of T-Bird. Upon it’s arrival, the public quickly embraced the redesign’s squared-off, ‘formal’ exterior and jet-inspired interior. The cockpit themed dash and instrument panel enticed drivers to ‘prepare for take off,’ or at least that’s w
hat the marketing execs of the mid-Sixties would like us to think. Complimented by slim-line bucket seats, and wraparound rear seating, this dramatic interior provided that perfect touch of class and luxury.
The new styling had met the approval of many a car lover as sales increased by fifty-percent, selling over 92k units in it’s first year of production. Another big improvement was more power, including a 390 cubic-inch V8 engine which offered around 315 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took about 11 seconds and was capable of producing around 120 mph.
- A black 1964 convertible would often appear in the TV series Highlander: The Series, as protagonist Duncan Macleod’s main mode of transportation.
- A green 1966 Thunderbird convertible was prominently featured in the 1991 Ridley Scott film Thelma and Louise, starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.
- A red 1966 Thunderbird convertible was featured in the 1983 film The Outsiders which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola
- Green 1966 Thunderbird Convertible was featured in the David Lynch film Wild at Heart, starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern.