1990 Ford Thunderbird

SC 35th Anniversary Coupe
Sale Price
21 October 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Auction House
Chassis no. 1FAPP64R9LH171055. Black with silver cladding and blue pinstripe over black leather and gray suede. 232/210hp supercharged V6, Goodyear Eagle tires, power windows, air conditioning, window sticker.

Evaluation: One of 3371 Anniversary models sold, and surely one of the cleanest ones that’s still around. Showing 529 miles that are represented as actual and 30 of which were added this year. A time capsule car still riding on the original tires. The paint shows some detail scratching but that’s the only real sign of age.

Bottom Line: The tenth generation Ford Thunderbird SC (which stands for Super Coupe, even though the Essex V6 is supercharged), was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 1989, but that is not an award that guarantees classic status (see 1980’s winner, the Chevy Citation) and modern T-Bird’s haven’t captured enthusiast imagination in the same way other ’80s and ’90s sporty cars have.

Even so, it was surprising to see a limited edition car with negligible mileage, exactly the sort of thing people have been throwing irrational money at for several years now, sell for as modest a price as this. If it was a Fox-body Mustang with 529 miles it probably would have brought double.

by Andrew Newton
29 October 2022

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