1966 Ford ThunderbirdSWelcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. One car that's been pretty scarce in this series (given the numbers that were manufactured) is the pre-Fox Body Ford Thunderbird. We've seen a seriously mean-looking '61 and a very nice daily-driver '65, but that's been it. I haven't been able to find a great big Malaise Era '75 T-Bird for us, but I have got another clean mid-60s example.

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS
I found this '66 just a few doors down from the minister's '77 Camaro, and it's in very, very nice shape. It had For Sale signs in the windows (with a $6,200 asking price) and now it's gone, so I assume some buyer has spirited it off the island and into the gilded-cage shelter of a garage, with occasional appearances at car shows and cruise nights. Or maybe not- perhaps it's on a crazed Saskatchewan-to-Uruguay road trip at this very moment!
1966 Ford ThunderbirdS
You could get yourself a new '66 Thunderbird hardtop for $4,395, which was $799 more than a Galaxie 500 7 Litre Fastback. However, the T-Bird could be had with a dual-quad, 425-horse 427, and the 7 Litre Galaxie got only 345 horsepower from its 428… but you could get a 4-speed in the Galaxie at no extra cost, and the Thunderbird was a slushbox-only machine. Let's say your time machine has just dropped you off in 1966, you've parlayed 50 bucks into the "luckiest" sports-betting/stock-market/whatever winning streak in history, and you're ready to head to the Ford dealership for a new ride. Do you get the 7 Litre Galaxie with a 4-speed, plus enough left to buy a 3-year-old Beetle as a spare car, or do you get the Thunderbird with 425 horsepower and an automatic? Let's have a poll!

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

1966 Ford ThunderbirdS

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