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Wheels in the Grass

'64 Ford Thunderbird, Buffalo, N.Y.

Okay, again this week we’re not technically in the grass, but rather on the pavement of an obscure side street on Buffalo’s East Side. Under that lovely quilt is a 1964 Ford Thunderbird convertible, which has obviously seen better days. But, worse-looking things have been brought back to life with the right amount of money, patience, money, love, and — oh yes, money! The ’64 T-Bird was a total re-do from the previous pointy front-fendered models of 1961-63. The sequential rear turn-signals were cool, as were the sculpted rear seats and swing-away steering column.

one for the kids

Ford produced only 9,198 of the ragtops for ’64, with a list price of $4,953. This body style would see them through the 1966 model year, followed by another total re-do and — gasp! — the first four-door ‘Bird!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

...and here's one without the quilt