1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau Hardtop Coupe - Collector Car Canada
1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau Hardtop Coupe
1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau Edition

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1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau Edition

This 1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau hardtop coupe has been refinished in Wimbledon White under prior ownership with its believed-original vinyl roof intact over a black interior featuring customizations.  Its 429 cubic-inch Thunder Jet V8 is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.  The Landau package is an upgrade from the 1969 base Thunderbird, whose most prominent feature is a white vinyl top with landau styling.  Silver-grey pinstriping and sport wheel covers on the 15” wheels also help dress up the exterior – underneath the latter are 1-1/2” spacers to widen track by three inches.  The hideaway headlight system has been converted to electric actuators from the original vacuum system, while the taillights feature a sequential indicator pattern and cornering side lights are functional.  The current owner has been the custodian of this Glamour Bird for nine years and now offers it with extensive recent servicing, many upgrades and service records under his own and previous ownership.  The owner has supplied a Marti report, well-known by Ford aficionados.  It sets out some specific details about the car:  it was built on schedule in Los Angeles June 24, 1969 and was shipped from the factory to a nearby dealership in Redwood City.  There were only 5,360 produced with the vinyl roof for the ’69 model year and this is one of 83 with this combination of paint/trim codes.  The VIN and cowl tag are decoded on the Marti report.

CCC Vital Info – 1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau Hardtop Coupe

Lot – 177

Seller – David-ALC

Seller location – Cayuga, ON N0A(view map)

VIN – 9J84N184286

Odometer – 36,000

Engine Info – 429 cubic-inch Thunder Jet V8

Transmission Info – Stock C6 3-Speed Auto.

Exterior Colour – Wimbledon White

Interior Colour – Black

Other features – custom interior with modern

features, several drivability modernizations

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The Brougham trim interior in black has been extensively updated.  Front bucket seats are trimmed in leather and Acura OEM units, 8-way power for the driver with a manual lumbar adjustment.  Splitting the buckets is a “Flight Command” console with armrest and storage. The original rear bench is a wraparound style, with a folding armrest separating the two occupants. Thunderbird emblems accent the dash and console and newer OEM-style black carpeting is underfoot, covering extra heat/sound deadening insulation.  The automatic climate control has an air conditioning system that blows cold, and soft blue LED track lighting has been installed.  The blue lighting supplements (does not replace) the stock interior lighting and is easily removable, depending on the preference of the next custodian.

Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

The black interior is further upgraded with one-touch driver window operation, fresh 12-volt outlets, backup camera with hideaway display within front console, tinted windows, period-appearance electronic radio with 4 speakers and subwoofer, auto power antenna in the rear, high-mounted centre brake light, custom auto-retract three-point seat belts, new OEM style floor mats and passenger exterior mirror.  The trunk and its lid are upholstered in black with the added insulating material – it can be operated remotely by a switch in the glove box and the remote key fob.  The subwoofer works intermittently and the speakers provide quality sound with it operating and not – subwoofer is installed in the floor behind the driver’s seat and is easily removable.

Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

Gauge package features a central-to-the-driver speedometer maxing out at 120 MPH, while to its left is found a dual gauge with readings for oil temperature and fuel.  To its right are an analog clock, a dual gauge for voltage and water temperature, then a similarly-presented control for wipers/washers as well as a rear vent.  The original simulated wood grain dash panel has been replaced by a piano black finish unit, the former is included with the sale.  Five-digit odometer reads under 36,000 miles, though true mileage is unknown.

Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

The 15″ sport wheel covered rims house dual stripe whitewall radials by Diamond Back measuring 235/75.  Tires are date-coded 2017 and have travelled approximately 10,000 miles since being installed then. The power-assisted brakes deploy discs up front and drums at the rear.  Complete front end suspension overhaul was completed under prior ownership:  ball joints, tie rods, idler arm bushings, steering gearbox and power steering hoses were replaced.  The steering wheel features tilt away function as well as conventional tilt.  There is a smaller-diameter-than-stock custom steering wheel fitted, the OEM unit is included in the sale.

Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

The 429 cubic-inch Thunder Jet V8 was rated by the factory at 360 horsepower and it is supported by a C6 three-speed automatic transmission.  A PerTronix electronic ignition module has been installed.  Exhaust is by a quiet dual stainless steel system, also with stainless resonators.  Servicing in the past year includes a new battery, carburetor rebuild, engine service in the form of spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor, filters and synthetic oil change.  In addition, the chassis has been lubricated and the brake master cylinder has been replaced.  Extensive other repairs and maintenance have been performed under current ownership:  passenger power window motor replacement, the dual stainless exhaust, a/c compressor refurbished, oil pan and rear crankshaft seals replacement, new radiator, rad hoses, drive belts, fuel pump, battery cable, clock replaced with a NOS unit and new rear axle seals.  For Ontario buyers:  owner believes it will pass Ontario safety as it is.

Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

Also replaced under current ownership:  ignition neutral safety switch, ignition starter solenoid, HVAC controls, some exterior stainless steel trim refinished, new 3 point seat belts, hood hinge brackets / springs refurbished, replacement of all interior light bulbs and headlights, windshield washer pump, rocker panel trim was refurbished and replacement steering gearbox for improved road feel.  Other servicing prior to current ownership includes replacement of the following:  transmission tail stock seal, engine mounts, wheel bearings, headlight switch and wiper blades.  The alternator was rebuilt, the transmission re-sealed.  Photos of work orders under current and prior ownership are included in the gallery and will be included with the sale.  To bring this Glamour Bird to an even higher level, the new owner may choose to address cracking on the dash pad and a slight gap fit imperfection on the front bumper mount, driver’s side.  Paint contains imperfections minor enough to not turn up in photos.

Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

This 1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau hardtop coupe comes with two sets of keys with remote fobs controlling door locks and trunk, owners manual, Marti report, Thunderbird brochure, DVD shop manual, original steering wheel, original dash panel, some small miscellaneous parts and is offered by the nine-year owner in Cayuga, Ontario.

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I owned a 69 T-Bird very similar to this one for several years. Such a forgotten classic. Looks stunning in white

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