For those who truly appreciate great American car design then the 1963 Ford Thunderbird must represent one if it’s greatest achievements. From its subtle fins and rocket engine tail lights to the wrap around aluminium dashboard it is truly stunning and thoroughly luxurious. The steering column moves to one side to facilitate entry and exit. All the windows are electrically operated as is the very sophisticated soft top, which automatically folds away into the boot where it vanishes completely. Powered by the ubiquitous pushrod, cast iron V8, that burbles in the way that only an American car can. This example has been a passion project for a local customer. Due to a lack of available time he’s asked us the get the new engine up and running and finish off a few jobs for the MOT. Then all that will be left is to wait for summer and put the top down.