It's been four years since I began documenting the collection of the San Francisco car collector I like to refer to as Fifties Guy. To date I've photographed over a dozen cars belonging to him or his friends who might share his hobby. Many of the cars have been sold over the years, and new ones appear as time goes by. The most recent one I've seen as of the time of this writing was this 1960 Ford Thunderbird. My friend and I were exploring the city after the California Mille car show and, as I frequently do when I'm in the area, I decided to stop by and see if there were any members of the collection present in the public domain.
This one is in pretty good shape for its age, a longtime Bay Area car apparently purchased used at one point in the mid-'60s through Lou Fox Studebaker Inc. at 2555 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. The dealership today is the used car lot for Berkeley Toyota. The paint may not be original, I really don't know. It's held up quite well except on the hard edges like the end of the tail fins. All trim is intact and present, even the little clear plastic ornaments on the front fender tops and the metal air deflector above the windshield, designed to keep wind noise and vibration out of the interior with the sunroof open.
This sunroof Thunderbird is a rare piece of history, and I'm glad to see it's in good hands.