Used Car of the Day: 1963 Ford Thunderbird

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

We're going way back in time today -- all the way back to the Sixties. There's some in or near Poughkeepsie, New York, selling a classic 1963 Ford Thunderbird -- and the seller claims the car is in "show" condition.

The seller is asking $17,000 and says the car has recently been repainted and gotten a "new" interior. It is an eBay auction, so that price could change. The mileage on this automatic-transmission T-Bird is about 110K.

If you're looking for a show-worthy car at a price that seems affordable, at least compared to what cars fetch at Mecum, this could be your ride, though the vague details about the repaint and new interior is concerning.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • UncleAL UncleAL on Dec 15, 2022

    well....look at the rears, then the front explanation needed ....(I owned a '60, '62, '64, and an '05)......

  • Kevin Kevin on Oct 24, 2023

    this is the same car that was for ale last year in poughkeepsie ny for 12,500. called last year thought it was sold on craigslist correct

  • Ajla There is inventory on the ground but as pointed out it is generally high dollar trims of high-dollar models and at least around here dealers still aren't budging off their mandatory nitrogen tires and Summer weather protection packages.You aren't paying '21-'22 prices anymore but it's still a long way to go.
  • Slavuta Every electric car must come with a film about lithium mining
  • Sobhuza Trooper Drop a good, high-strung German engine in this and you'd have American flair with German repair costs!
  • Kwik_Shift I'll just drive my Frontier into the ground as planned. Possibly find an older "fun" car to collect.
  • Lorenzo The solution is so simple: if the driver shifts into neutral without applying the parking brake, the horn sounds and lights flash until the parking brake is applied. After the third time, the driver should be insulted by a voice saying, "Shouldn't your wife be driving?", or "Where did you get your license - Dollar Store?"