1959 Ford Thunderbird
J Code 430 V8
1 Of Only 1,168 Built
Power Steering & Brakes
1959 Ford Thunderbird Special 430 is one of those rare 1950’s cars that bring with them the provenance of the postwar period. Born out of Ford Motor Company’s desire to dominate NASCAR in the late 1950’s, the “square bodied” second generation Thunderbird was once considered a performance sports car.
The 1959 Ford Thunderbird Special 430 Convertible comes from Ford Motor Company’s early success in NASCAR. When Ford Motor Company decided to put a 430 ci Lincoln engine in their popular “Square Bird” they had their eyes on NASCAR competition. So for a brief moment in history there was Thunder on the Speedway. Though the experiement lasted only one year, the second generation ’59 Thunderbird won six NASCAR Championship races that year with Ford’s Fairlanes contributing eight more wins.
The 430 was known as the “Thunderbird Special V8” although the engine was adopted from the Lincoln 430 ci motor. The Ford ads back in the day said the ’59 Thunderbird was “the car everyone would love to own.”
This Thunderbird comes with the J code option which designated the original 430 Lincoln engine. It has the automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, , Vinyl upholstery and Ford Hudcaps with radial wide whitewall tires. They tell us it is “a beautiful vintage Thunderbird that has had one repaint in its original color and still retains a stunning Mostly original interior.”
There were only 1,168 430 J Code big block Thunderbirds produced that year. They are more desirable among collectors even than the classic first generation Ford Thunderbirds built from 1955 through 1957. J Code 430 Lincoln engines were rated at 350 horsepower. The automatic transmission was the 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic, the only transmission Ford Motor Company allowed to be mated to the 430 motor. Ford stamped the VIN on the Ford data plate and chassis. Factory stampings help to prove originality today.
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