The 1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe has a four cylinder engine, the only one in the Thunderbird line to be able to say that. It shares that with the SVO Mustang. But is a price $6500 worth it for the old coupe?
We have to go back a bit in time and talk about the Ford Fox platform. Originating in the 1970’s, it continued up until half a decade into the new century, going under many different model names throughout the years as well as many body styles.
Of course, one of the names it went under was Thunderbird which used the Fox platform in 1980 up until 1988 with two body styles. The first style involved a strangely proportioned coupe with headlamps that were hidden, trying to emulate the earlier baroque styling of the Thunderbird.
It was not very attractive so not many were created, meaning it has become quite rare these days. Next, the “aero-bird” was released, which was an immediate improvement of its ugly duckling sibling. The aerodynamic 1983 model also rose on the Ford Fox and had the same dashboard as well.
However, this was like an entirely new car for shoppers. It also was the first of its kind of have a four cylinder power that was a turbocharged version of the Lima. It boasted 50% more output than the naturally aspirated version.
The Turbo Coupe also had a five spreed manual transmission, the first stick shift offering in the Thunderbird collection in years. The Aero-bird was re-styled just once to have flush headlamps, a pointier nose, and larger tail lamps.
The 1987 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe had 127,000 cars that were sold in that year, which means part availability should not be an issue. Having the Fox platform makes updates a snap as well.
Large coupes have typically gone out of style, but $6500 is a bit pricey for a car that’s not very quick by modern standards. However, there’s still a lot to like and for those who are T-bird collectors, it is not a bad deal.