64,647 Thunderbirds Registered as of 23 April 2017
1966 Thunderbird Body Style Identification
Hardtop VIN series 83 Body Style Code 63AThe Hardtop is an all-steel, 2-door pillarless body style. It has rear seat windows which lower fully. It did not offer the Overhead Convenience Panel; the standard emergency flasher was mounted in the center of the dash and could be replaced with the optional Safety Convenience Control Panel (low fuel warning light, vacuum power door lock switch with reminder light, and the standard emergency flasher light). It had the customary vinyl-coated fabric headliner. The Hardtop at right is shown in color L, Honeydew Yellow. and has optional Deluxe Wheel Covers.
Town HardtopVIN series 81, Body Style Code 63CThe Town Hardtop is an all-steel, 2-door body style without rear seat windows. It has the standard Overhead Convenience Panel with emergency flasher,door reminder light, and low fuel level light. The vacuum power door lock switch is on the console. It has a molded semi-rigid headliner.This body style name was used only in 1966. The Town Hardtop at right is shown in color T, Candyapple Red and has optional Deluxe Wheel Covers. The Town Hardtop came from the factory with a steel roof; a dealer-installed vinyl roof option was available but rarely used.
Town LandauVIN series 87 Body Style Code 63DThe Town Landau has three unique items: #1 simulated woodgrain paneling interior door and console panels #2 vinyl covered roof #3 landau "S"bars. The Town Landau also came with a woodgrain-effect steering wheel if not equipped with Highway Pilot Speed Control. The Overhead Convenience Panel, headliner style, vacuum power door lock switch, are the same as the Town Hardtop. The "Town Landau" body style name was also used in years 1977-1982. The car here is in color X, Vintage Burgundy and has Deluxe Wheel Covers. The vinyl-covered roof was available in black, white, Parchment, or Sage Gold.
ConvertibleVIN series 85 Body Style Code 76AThe Convertible is shown here in color E, Silver Mink. It has the optional Safety Convenience Control Panel which can be seen in the center of the instrument panel (the 5 circles just above the driver seat). The top control is mounted on the console in place of the Silent-Flo rear vent control which the Hardtop, Town Hardtop, and Town Landau have. The Convertible has the rear passenger seat windows which lower fully. This Thunderbird Convertible has the standard wheel covers.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the Thunderbird RegistryThe purpose of the Registry is document as many examples of Ford Thunderbirds as possible. By documenting these cars, we gain a greater understanding of them: their impact on society, what makes them unique, restoration information, values, and much more. How the information is interpreted is limited only by the user's imagination. With the notable exception of another Ford product, there is likely no other automobile ever built that has captured the interest, imagination, and devotion as the Ford Thunderbird has.The Thunderbird Registry will answer many questions about "how rare" a certain Thunderbird is. It isn't just about being a 1963 Sports Roadster anymore...not in the world of Internet databases. For instance within the Registry's database you will find dozens of interesting and "rare" Thunderbirds based on color (including many special paint cars), interior, options, and engine. The Registry also sorts and lists cars that are known to be located in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe.1. How much does it cost to register a Thunderbird? There is no cost or obligation to register a Thunderbird.2. What's it worth? The Registry is not an appraisal service and does not advise on values of Thunderbirds. If asked, the Registry can recommend an appraisal service.3. What years of Thunderbirds are accepted in the Registry? All years of Thunderbirds.4. I am concerned about privacy. Must I have my name listed as the owner? There is no requirement to list your name, and the Registry never lists a precise location. You can use an abbreviation of your name, a pseudonym, or "Anonymous". The only requirement is that the Thunderbird's information be listed accurately, in keeping with the spirit of the Registry.5. Who is Arthur Ash III? During the years 2003-2006, Arthur Ash III spotted over 12,000 Thunderbirds on the Internet, and then registered them. Arthur developed a "speed system" for tracking down Thunderbirds; he wrote his own copy and catalogued pictures of the cars. The Registry and Arthur remain great friends, and it is only fitting that his contributions be acknowledged. Chances are if you pull up a random Registry Number it will have been "submitted by Arthur Ash III". 6. Are cars in junkyards eligible to be in the Registry? What about a Thunderbird that was in my family 30 years ago? Every Thunderbird, living or dead, regardless of condition or location is eligible to be part of the Registry. Knowing one more Thunderbird VIN helps to fill in the blanks and make the Registry that much more complete. Thunderbirds in the junk yards are just as important as an AACA national meet winner; the Registry is about Thunderbirds, not a Thunderbird or a certain class of Thunderbirds.7. Can I register a Thunderbird without knowing its VIN? A Registry Number can only be assigned if the complete and correct VIN is known. However the Registry does maintain a file of cars with partial and unknown VINs in the hopes that these Thunderbirds may be fully identified in the future.8. How do I know if a car is already part of the Registry? Go to the Registry database and choose "Advanced Users>>Single RN Data Sheet". 9. How do I register a Thunderbird, or update a car that is already here? Use the Registration Form.The Thunderbird Registry can serve as a source of information when you are trying to research the history of your Thunderbird. You may be able to find out some previous owner's info, modifications reported, or condition.Similarly, if you are buying a car, you could check to see if it was previously registered, history, or if it was ever been reported stolen. In fact, the Registry has poperly identified and located seven Thunderbirds which had been stolen, and a few cars which had been "cloned" to look like something other than what it is.----- ----- ----- And if nothing else, it is fun to look at. ----- ----- -----
Position #1 is the Engine IdentificationC = 292 cubic inch, 2V, 212 horsepower V-8D = 312 cubic inch, 4V, 245 horsepower V-8E = 312 cubic inch, 2-4V, 270 horsepower V-8F = 312 cubic inch, Supercharged, 300 horsepower V-8G = 332 cubic inch low compression V-8H = 352 cubic inch, 4V, 300 horsepower V-8J = 430 cubic inch, 4V, 350 horsepower V-8M = 292 cubic inch, 4V, 202 horsepower V-8P = 292 cubic inch, 4V V-8 (horsepower varies by year and transmission application)P = 312 cubic inch, 4V 215 horsepower V-8 (Overdrive, 1956)P = 312 cubic inch, 4V 225 horsepower V-8 (Fordomatic, 1956)Position #2 is the Year Identification5 = 1955, 6 = 1956, 7 = 1957, 8 = 1958, 9 = 1959Position #3 is the Assembly Plant IdentificationF = Dearborn MichiganY = Wixom, MichiganMEX = Mexico (these VINs have 12 positions like P6MEXH234567)Position #4 is the Body Series Code IdentificationH = 1955-1957 Thunderbird (no body style name used)H = 1958 and 1959 Thunderbird 2-door hardtopJ = 1958 and 1959 Thunderbird 2-door convertiblePositions #5 through #10 are the Consecutive Unit NumberFord Division Consecutive Unit Numbers begin at 100001 at each assembly plant. This number represents the scheduled sequence order. When a car was ordered, it was assigned a VIN with a Consecutive Unit Number. It was then assigned a scheduled production date.
Position #1 is the Year Identification0 = 1960, 1 = 1961, 2 = 1962, etc. continuing to 9 = 19690 = 1970, 1 = 1971, 2 = 1972, etc. continuing to 9 = 19790 = 1980Position #2 is the Assembly Plant Identification G = Chicago, Illinois H = Lorain, Ohio J = Los Angeles, CaliforniaY = Wixom, MichiganPositions #3 and #4 are the Body Series Code Identification71 = Thunderbird 2-door hardtop (1960 and 1961)73 = Thunderbird 2-door convertible (1960 and 1961)81 = Thunderbird 2-door Town Hardtop (1966, no rear quarter window, steel roof)81 = Thunderbird 2-door hardtop (1967)82 = Thunderbird 2-door Landau (1967)83 = Thunderbird 2-door hardtop (1962 through 1966, with rear quarter window)83 = Thunderbird 2-door hardtop (1968 through 1971, with rear quarter window)84 = Thunderbird 4-door Landau (1967)84 = Thunderbird 2-door Landau (1968 through 1971)Note: 1969 and 1971 Thunderbird 2-door Landaus did not have a rear quarter window. They are not considered "Town Landaus" as in 1966.85 = Thunderbird Convertible (1962 [see note below] through 1966) 87 = Thunderbird 2-door Landau (1962 through 1965)87 = Thunderbird 2-door Town Landau (1966, no rear quarter window)87 = Thunderbird 4-door Landau (1968 through 1971)87 = Thunderbird 2-door hardtop (1972 through 1979)87 = Thunderbird 2-door sedan (1980)89 = Thunderbird 2-door Sports Roadster (1962-late [see note below] and 1963)NOTE: The 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster body series code was "85" for the first 558 units produced, the last being 2Y85Z114640. The body series code was changed to "89" for the balance of 1962 production.Position #5 is the Engine IdentificationA = 460 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 (1972-1976)B = 200 cubic inch, 1V, 6-cylinder (1980)D = 255 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (1980)F = 302 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (1977-1980)H = 351 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (1977 through 1979)J = 430 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 (1960)M = 390 cubic inch, 3-2V, V-8 (1962 and 1963)N = 429 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 (1968-1973)Q = 351 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (Windsor, 1977)Q = 428 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 (1966 and 1967)S = 400 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (1972, 1977-1978)Y = 352 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 (1960)Z = 390 cubic inch, 4V, V-8 (1961-1968)9 = 390 cubic inch V-8 low compressionPositions #6 through #11 are the Consecutive Unit NumberConsecutive Unit Numbers begin at 100001 at each Ford Motor Company assembly plant. This number represents the scheduled sequence order. When a car was ordered, it was assigned a VIN with a Consecutive Unit Number. It was then assigned a scheduled production date.
Position #1 is the Country of Manufacture Identification1 = United States 2 = CanadaPositions #2-3 are the Manufacturer's Identification (passenger car types_FA = Ford Motor Company, Ford DivisionLN = Ford Motor Company, Lincoln-Mercury Division (three 1999 Concept Cars only)Position #4 is the Vehicle Restraint System IdentificationB = Active BeltsC = Driver Airbag and Active Belts F = Driver and Passenger Airbags and Active BeltsH = Driver and Passenger Front and Side Airbags and Active BeltsL = Passenger and Driver Airbags P = Passive BeltsPosition #5 is the Vehicle Type IdentificationM = Lincoln passenger car (three 1999 concept cars only) P = Ford passenger carPositions #6 and #7 are the Body Serial Code Identification42 = Thunderbird 2-door sedan (1981 and 1982)46 = Thunderbird 2-door sedan (1983 through 1986)60 = Thunderbird 2-door sedan (1987 through 1992)60 = Thunderbird 2-door convertible (2002 through 2005)61 = Thunderbird Sport 2-door sedan (1987 through 1989)62 = Thunderbird LX 2-door sedan (1987 through 1997)62 = Thunderbird 007 Limited Edition 2-door convertible (2003)63 = Thunderbird Pacific Coast Roadster 2-door convertible (2004)64 = Thunderbird Turbo Coupe 2-door sedan (1987 and 1988)64 = Thunderbird Super Coupe 2-door sedan (1989 through 1995)64 = Thunderbird Neiman Marcus 2-door convertible (2002)69 = Thunderbird 50th Anniversary Special Edition (2005)91 = three only Concept Cars (1999)Position #8 is the Engine Identification3 = 232 cubic inch, 2V, 6-cylinder 4 = 3.8L, MFI, 6-cylinder A = 3.9L, MFI, V-8B = 200 cubic inch, 1V, 6-cylinderD = 255 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (1981 and 1982)F = 302 cubic inch, 2V, V-8 (1981 through 1983)F = 5.0L, V-8 (1984 through 1988)R = 3.8L, Super Charged, 6-cylinder T = 2.3L, Turbo Charged, 4-cylinder (1988)W = 2.3L, Turbo Charged, 4 cylinder (1983 -1987)W = 4.6 Liter, 8-cylinderPosition #9 is the Check DigitThe Check Digit is used by DMV, law enforcement,and insurance companies to ensure that the VIN has been recorded properly. The Check Digit is derived from a formula that takes into account all of the other characters in the VIN. The Check Digit takes the form of the numerals 0 through 9 and the letter X.Position #10 is the Year Identification1981 through 1997 Thunderbirds use a letter to identify the year.B = 1981C = 1982D = 1983E = 1984F = 1985G = 1986H = 1987J = 1988K = 1989L = 1990M = 1991N = 1992P = 1993R = 1994S = 1995T = 1996V = 1997X = 1999
1955-2005 VIN Types
1955 - 1969 Data Plate Types
1955-early 1957Date 27B merged with Production Code 330368BLocation: Firewall
Late 1957Date, Trans, AxleLocation: Firewall
1958-1959Format is the same as Late 1957Location: Driver door body pillar
1960New VIN format of 11 charactersLocation: Driver door body pillar
1961Slightly different styleLocation: Driver door body pillar
1962 - 1965Codes appear on top line. Axle, Trans reversedLocation: Driver door body pillar (‘62,’63); Driver door lock face (‘64, ‘65)
1966 - 1967Small dies that usually run into the painted areaLocation: Driver door lock face
1968 - 1969Large diesLocation: Driver door lock face
1958 - 1966 Thunderbird VIN Locations
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