It’s time to get your hands on a cool cruiser for quite an affordable price. This low-mileage 1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe is the ideal blend of technology, style, luxury, and power – all presented in a time capsule level of quality.

We like these ninth-generation cars because they had an aerodynamic shape that ignited a design revolution at Ford. It looks especially correct on the high-technology Turbo Coupe. But Ford didn’t just make a sleek car; it was also mean. The dark headlight buckets, large fog lights, Mustang-inspired 16-inch alloys, and a hint of a spoiler built into the trunk all upgrade the attitude. Plus, the distinct black trim line with a bold red streak that encircles the whole car really gives this a balance of premium cruiser and true sports car style. The other part of the attraction of this coupe is its fundamentals. This is a two-owner and well-documented car that has averaged under 2300 miles annually. You can see the whole car has been treated with proper care, and that’s why the panels look so good and the glossy Oxford White paint is believed to be the original factory application.

The T-birds of the previous decades often used the color of the vinyl roof as a preview for the interior color, but this more modern classic uses the sporty red streak on the outside to let you know what’s inside. The front seats set the tone right for a performance T-bird with well-preserved red leather. It’s part of an impressive level of preservation that goes right down to details like the full interior lighting. These buckets are power-adjustable, and they have enough bolstering to make a BMW jealous. This was a range-topping car when new, and that means a long list of desirable features. It includes power windows, power locks, cruise control, power steering, the original AM/FM/cassette stereo, and automatic A/C climate control. The grippy steering wheel, tilt column, and crisp gages with large tach make this a proper driver’s coupe. Plus, that stick shift in the center console lets you know this T-bird is for far more than just cruising the boulevard.

If you know about Ford performance in the 1980s, then this engine bay will get you excited. This is the 2.3-liter turbo motor, and it’s the same one from the Mustang SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) program. That means it was developed by engineers who wanted to make the best performance machine around. This fuel-injected, turbocharged, and intercooled four-cylinder engine is both smart and robust. This is a computer-controlled unit that was given beefed-up internals to handle even more boost than the engineers were dialing in. Ford liked to tout that this turbo motor was just like a V8, and they were not far off considering this made about as much power as its contemporary 5.0 Mustang GT. But what made the difference of the SVO was that it had a true European flair on the road. That also comes from features like the four-wheel power disc brakes and the Borg Warner five-speed manual transmission. We even have records showing nice investments like a new exhaust system to keep this one sounding and feeling right on the road.

This is well-documented with a Marti Report, reproduction window sticker, original warranty card, owner’s manual, and title documentation. There are even nice extras like headlight covers and a car cover. A Turbo Coupe with this level of preservation is a truly rare find. So when it’s a cool T-bird for an exceptional price, you should view this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss out, call today!


Price: $9,995

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