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Wheels in the Grass

1980 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau, Franklinville, N.Y.

1980 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau, Franklinville, N.Y.

What you’re looking at is a pretty-much intact 1980 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau, one of what is often referred to as a Square-Bird. Some consider the 1980-82 models the nadir of Thunderbird styling. I kind of liked them back then. Our next-door neighbor had one in black with a black vinyl roof that really looked sharp. This one was spotted recently sitting in a grassy field in Franklinville, N.Y., and is one of 156,803 produced.

...from the brochure

...from the brochure

The Ford Times, a small, monthly magazine published for Ford customers, proudly featured a new black ‘Bird on the cover of its October 1979 new car issue, leading into a story titled “1980 – A New Thunderbird era Begins.” New, all right. New and short — it lasted all of three years until the buying public tired of a gussied-up Ford Fairmont at Thunderbird prices. Sales fell by about half each year. The next-generation 1983 T-Bird was ground-breaking in its shape (for the time), and nearly tripled the sales of the 1982 model.

Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Greg

    I have a 1980 T-Bird Town Landou edition.Bought it off a gentleman who had it parked in his garage for over 20 years…He bought it brand new…Has 104,000 ORIGINAL KMS..Even the tires are original! Not the gutsiest car,but handles like a dream,with every option…Not my first choice for a used vehicle,but it’s grown on me as it is a classic in every form!