3rd Mar 2005, 11:53

There are now at least TEN 1971 T-birds for sale RIGHT NOW 3/3/2005 on collectorcartrader.com, starting at $1500, so unless you are only waiting for one to show up for sale in your own neighborhood and/or for under $250, don't say that you can't find any for sale.

Saying you want to buy and restore one is a lot easier than actually doing it!

6th Jun 2005, 16:36

I purchased a 1971 thunder-bird. It was told to me by the seller that it had special equipment, special paint and made for and owned by Ford vice president and general manager John Naughton. I email Ford, but privicy policies forbid them to give me any information on previous owners. Does any one know where I can get an estimated value on this car and history on its so called special equipment I do not know enough about 1971 thunder-birds to know. I tried to do a search on vice president and general manager of Ford (John Naughton) but he appears to be a ghost. Does any one have any information on him? thank-you.

3rd Dec 2006, 19:04

I have a 1971 t-bird for sale...1 owner I have the original green title from march of '72 it has a 429 4 barrel and has many solid straight "no bondo" body parts. Only problem is the rust on non-removable parts. you may contact me a lowslungfords@yahoo.com.

27th Dec 2006, 20:20

John Naughton was never related to Ford. He worked at a college in the UK.

31st Aug 2015, 04:42

Ignore the Dec. 27 comment. The writer obviously believes the only person ever named John Naughton is the university professor at Cambridge.

John B. Naughton was vice-president and general manager of Ford Division in the late 60's-early 70's. There was also a now-defunct Ford dealer in the Tampa, Florida area called John Naughton Ford, but I'm not clear if it was the same person.

Without any proof that your T-bird (if you even still have it) was built especially for the VP John Naughton, it would be unlikely to be worth any more than any other '71 T-bird in similar condition. It was quite common back then to receive by mail a Thunderbird brochure with John Naughton's business card attached and a "personal invitation" signed by him to present the card to a dealer "for a personal introduction to the Thunderbird of Thunderbirds". Just a marketing gimmick.