Used Car of the Day: 1995 Ford Thunderbird

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we bring you some FoMoCo goodness -- a 1995 Ford Thunderbird. The word "Motorcraft" just surfaced from the deepest recesses of my mind.


Our seller says very little about the car other than it runs and drives. The photos tell a story of a vehicle that needs some work, at least cosmetically, but I've seen much worse while working on this feature.

If you, like me, have a soft spot for '80s and '90s T-Birds, this one is available in Iowa for just $1,500.

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[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 Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. 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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  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on May 22, 2024

    I particularly like the engine bay photo with what looks like an 8GA wire hanging off the battery post going nowhere. Hopefully there is a fuse or a disconnect hidden behind the battery or this thing might burn on the ride home.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on May 22, 2024

    When these came out they were somewhat panned by the enthusiast press for being too big, too heavy and, except for the Supercharged versions, too slow. They were on the large side and less weight is always a plus, but they were fantastic road cars. Once the 4.6L replaced the old 5.0 Windsor, they became an exceptionally refined interstate cruiser ideal for logging long days at elevated speeds. In '95 we decided to take a road trip from South Florida to Cape Cod. One of our friends had a newer 4.6L Cougar and we decided to take that. Straight up I-95, 1550 miles with three driver taking turns at the wheel Averaging almost 80 mph the big Cat delivered 28 mpg with the A/C blasting. Stable, quiet and very comfortable to decent steering and brakes, the return trip was almost as comfortable, except for Sunday afternoon NJ traffic. Eyes are always open for a SC with a 5-speed, particularly an 84-85 with the new dash and improved 3.8L. Disappointed when Ford killed the MN12 program.

    • SPPPP SPPPP on May 22, 2024

      Those cars were great to drive. The SC was the best in my opinion. The base 3.8L was too slow, but once you got up to speed, it was smooth and supple.


  • 3-On-The-Tree I don’t think Toyotas going down.
  • ToolGuy Random thoughts (bulleted list because it should work on this page):• Carlos Tavares is a very smart individual.• I get the sense that the western hemisphere portion of Stellantis was even more messed up than he originally believed (I have no data), which is why the plan (old plan, original plan) has taken longer than expected (longer than I expected).• All the OEMs who have taken a serious look at what is happening with EVs in China have had to take a step back and reassess (oversimplification: they were thinking mostly business-as-usual with some tweaks here and there, and now realize they have bigger issues, much bigger, really big).• You (dear TTAC reader) aren't ready to hear this yet, but the EV thing is a tsunami (the thing has already done the thing, just hasn't reached you yet). I hesitate to even tell you, but it is the truth.
  • ToolGuy ¶ I have kicked around doing an engine rebuild at some point (I never have on an automobile); right now my interest level in that is pretty low, say 2/5.¶ It could be interesting to do an engine swap at some point (also haven't done that), call that 2/5 as well.¶ Building a kit car would be interesting but a big commitment, let's say 1/5 realistically.¶ Frame-up restoration, very little interest, 1/5.¶ I have repainted a vehicle (down to bare metal) and that was interesting/engaging (didn't have the right facilities, but made it work, sort of lol).¶ Taking a vehicle which I like where the ICE has given out and converting it to EV sounds engaging and appealing. Would not do it anytime soon, maybe 3 to 5 years out. Current interest level 4/5.¶ Building my own car (from scratch) would have some significant hurdles. Unless I started my own car company, which might involve other hurdles. 😉
  • Rover Sig "Value" is what people perceive as its worth. What is the worth or value of an EV somebody creates out of a used car? People value different things, but for a vehicle, people generally ascribe worth in terms of reliability, maintainability, safety, appearance and style, utility (payload, range, etc.), convenience, operating cost, projected life, support network, etc. "Value for money" means how much worth would people think it had compared to competing vehicles on the market, in other words, would it be a good deal to buy one, compared to other vehicles one could get? Consider what price you would have to ask for it, including the parts and labor you put into it, because that would affect the “for the money” part of the “value for money” calculation. An indicator of whether people think an EV-built-in-a-used-car would provide "value for money" is the current level of demand for used cars turned into EVs. Are there a lot of people looking for these on the market? Or would building one just be a hobby? Repairing an existing EV, bringing it back into spec, might create better value for the money. Although demand for EVs is reportedly down recently.
  • ToolGuy Those of you who aren't listening to the TTAC Podcast, you really don't know what you are missing.
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