There's an ultra-rare Ford Thunderbird for sale on eBay, although it's not quite the T-Bird you're probably thinking. This is a 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, complete with a five-speed manual transmission and just a shade over 13,000 miles on the clock. The condition is said to be mint, and judging by the interior and exterior pictures, we're inclined to believe the seller. The paint is glossy and the interior looks showroom new, while the underbody is stunningly clean for a 26-year-old car.

Underhood sits a 2.3-liter, intercooled and turbocharged four-cylinder (also found in the Mustang SVO) that was producing 190 horsepower when it left the factory. Inside, the five-speed manual transmission adds to the car's rarity. The vehicle's sole owner has been as immaculate with the paperwork as he has with the rest of the car - it's all there, including brochures and other product material.

The eBay auction ends tomorrow at midnight (9:00 PM if you're on America's west coast). Bidding has reached $10,200, and there's still plenty of time to get in on this future classic. The vehicle is located in Millstone Township, NJ.


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        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        Well I can remember being 47 and 48 so now maybe you don't feel so bad.
      Will
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was a ground-breaking car! Before this T-bird, cars were boxy. This car ushered in a new era of styling for mass produced cars. Say what you will about it, car represents a real turning point in the auto industry.
      dohc73
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel like I'm 14 again. This is the Ford I miss, when you knew there was an XR7 and LSC version with a 5.0 V8 sitting on Mercury/Lincoln lot somewhere else in town.
        carnut0913
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dohc73
        The guys who bought my first car from me had a Cougar XR7 with a body kit on it. I was in love with it as much as the 71 Mustang I had to sell. I'd still love to have one, rattles and all.
        Josh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dohc73
        Same here. ALL the domestic cars from this era (1975-2001) make me feel like I'm 10 again. Too bad these cars harken back to a 'simpler' time, that I suppose nobody wants to remember yet. IMO these will be the best functional cars; all the modern conveniences of the transistor age (ABS, 3-pt belts, airbags) but easier repair/diagnosis thanks to pre-internet chilton info.
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always a big fan of these cars, miss my 87 :(
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not a fan of Fords. But wow what a sweet car.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah yes, the in dash graphic equalizer! Forgot they used to do those. Sweet ride!
      Goahead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, I used to LOVE this car when I was a teenager. This and late 80's Mustang GT. Ahh glory days... Oh yea Buick Grand National also kicked ass!
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loved this when it came out. Why are Thunderbirds of this era so rare though? I NEVER see these, or its aero-tastic successor on the road anymore. Do they just fall apart? Living in SE Michigan you would think I'd see plenty of them still tooling around, but nada.
        Clark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Like most cars in Michigan, they all rusted to Hell. On those models the clear coat on the wheels would peel and the aluminum stained, the shabby stick on trim would be falling off one end or the other and the rockers would be gone after the road salt takes it's toll. The plastic bumpers from that era would deform and fade after a few years of sitting in the sun. The standard Thunderbirds had creaks and rattles galore, so no reason this would be any different. Future Classic so long as never driven like this example.
          Josh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Clark
          O you mean like most cars built before 2001? When people pay $80k for a tri-five Chevy I don't think those were 'driven', huh? :)
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Mostly agreed, Clark. My friend got a mint '88 T-bird in '99 with about 38k miles. She reliably got it up to 100k before all the mechanical problems took over but somehow, in Chicago, the car's body/wheels/etc. held up remarkably well. No rust. Musta been cared for like crazy cuz, yeah, these cars normally did not age well.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice I always liked these even if they are just a wee bit down on HP.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bullitt2605
        I can speak as to the performance of the T-Bird with this engine, but the SVO mustang was pretty fast with it. Granted, 190hp doesn't sound like a lot, but the cars were lighter back then so the numbers are a bit deceiving.
          bullitt2605
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          Yeah we pulled up on the truck scales for the island ferry to Martha's Vineyard one night in the 5.0 and after deducting what we thought the 4 of us weighed it was 3200 lbs and change.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice!! This thing's a time machine. I sure do long for the days when midsize, sporty, RWD coupes were plentiful. The late 1980s was pretty much the last stand for those types of cars before everything started becoming FWD sedans. I hope that whoever buys this car appreciates it as the previous owner did. The 80s may not be my favorite decade, but it is still pretty cool to seem something from that era that is so pristine.
      Espo70
      • 1 Year Ago
      These were nice cars. Very advanced for the time. Meant to challenge GMs Monte Carlo SS and Grand National. It was about as fast as the SS, but no where near the GN. But not much was in 87. Big American performance coupes like this were awesome. Now only Germany and Britain make them...and those are not affordable.
        Josh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Espo70
        Americans have moved onto 'hotels-on-wheels' luxo crossovers now for personal transportation, at least those that can afford it. :) I'm just happy to be in America; in the eurozone it seems you can only really buy very small/frugal/boring cars or very expensive/cutting-edge/science experience machines. The middle class drain in this country is also contributing... :)
      KingTito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the equalizer. This car is awesome! A blast from the past. Never had one but remember them.
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