1969 Thunderbird: It's the only way to fly!
This car was 32 years old when I purchased it, and had been in storage for 17 years. The transmission seals had dried up, causing a bad transmission leak. It's my understanding this is very common on old cars that have sat for long periods of time without being driven.
Many other things had to be replaced to make the car operable and safe to drive, but many of them were replaced solely due to their age (tires, belts, hoses, etc.)
My Mother got a brand new 1969 Thunderbird as a Christmas gift for Christmas 1968. Ever since, the 1969 Thunderbirds have been my favorite car.
The '69 T-Birds ride and handle wonderfully, especially for a big car. They have great performance with the 429 V-8, and the front disc brakes are among the best in any car I've ever driven.
If you like gadgets, these cars have them: sequential rear turn signals, concealed headlights, a steering wheel that tilts up and over automatically when the driver's door is opened, covered rear seats, power windows, seats, locks, antenna, and trunk release.
My car even has a factory installed power sunroof!
The vinyl roof on the Landau models has an imitation Alligator grain pattern to it, which is unique.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th January, 2005