Sunday, November 4, 2012
Alameda Street Sighting - 1961 Ford Thunderbird
So what happens when the car just won't die? I'm used to seeing this occur in old pickup trucks, but not as often in cars. This 1961 Ford Thunderbird isn't one of the vehicles I would have expected to see in this sort of condition, but it appears to be a daily driver. There isn't a straight body panel left aside from the roof, and the trim is either bent or missing entirely. By some strange twist of fate, all the original hubcaps are still present. The trunk lid is secured with a bungee cord tied down to the trailer hitch receiver. And yet, some of the badges and emblems have managed to be preserved in better condition than those on the much straighter '62 T-Bird I featured last year.
Murilee Martin, formerly of Jalopnik, photographed this Bullet Bird in 2007 and it looked almost exactly the same then as it does now. No better, no worse. It appears that the owner has taken steps to preserve the car so that it can be driven reliably and in reasonable comfort, but it's no crisis if it gets another parking lot dent. I've always liked these cars for some strange reason, so while it hurts to see one bashed in on every side and corner, at least it's being used and not languishing in a junkyard waiting to be crushed and sent off to China as scrap steel.