1989 Ford Thunderbird Speed Record Coupe / LSJ1123 Vehicle Information

When the Ford Thunderbird was introduced, it was promoted as a sporting personal car. That idea morphed as the years rolled along eventually becoming a personal luxury car.

In 1981, Lyn St. James secured the Ford Motor Company as her main sponsor. In 19888 Ford decided to bring the Thunderbird to the Talladega International Speedway in Alabama, where she and her team set an amazing 21 National, International, and World records. Along the way she set a National Woman's Speed Record clocked at an impressive 212.557 mph with a top speed of 232.400 mph, beating the old record by over 10 mph that she had sent in 1985 in a Ford Mustang Probe. Sports Illustrated named her one of the Top 100 Female Athletes of the 20th Century, and she was also invited to the White House to meet Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

This particular Thunderbird is a purpose built race car built by the Elliott Racing Team under the direction of Ford Motor Company Special Vehicle Operations in 1988. Power is from a specially prepared Ford V8 built by engine builder Ernie Elliott for the record attempt. The lightweight 'Super Coupe' body shell sits on a tubular frame with a full roll cage. It has the original race seat and a five-point safety belt.

After the car's track use was completed, it was often used by Ford as a show car. In 1995 it became the property of Lyn St. James.

In 2007 it ran the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2017


2017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $180,000-USD $250,000 
Lot was not sold

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1989 sales)
1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe
Sold for USD$2,200
  2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1989 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$1,275
  2013 Silver Auction - Missoula
 
1989 Ford Thunderbird
Chassis#: 1FAPP64R8KH181462
Sold for USD$1,300
  2013 Silver Auction - Coeur d'Alene
 
1989 Ford Thunderbird 5-Speed, Power Sunroof
Sold for USD$3,500
  2013 Mecum - Dan Mecum's 26th Spring Classic
 
1989 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$3,500
  2013 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe
Sold for USD$4,200
  2009 Mecum - St. Charles Auction
 
1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe
Chassis#: 1FAPP64R0KH201509
Sold for USD$5,500
  2009 MidAmerica Auctions - Saint Paul RiverCentre
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1989 Ford Thunderbird's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1989 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Carlisle Auction : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1989 Ford Thunderbird Speed Record Driven by Lyn St JamesLSJ11232017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island $180,000$250,000
1989 Ford Thunderbird 2013 Silver Auction Spokane   
1989 Ford Thunderbird 2011 Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Spring Auction$4,500  
1989 Ford T-Bird Super Coupe 2011 Petersen Auctions Salem Auction 2011   
1989 FORD T BIRD CUSTOM 2008 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions November 23, 2008$8,500  
1989 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2007 Silver Auction Portland$3,600  
1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe 2004 Michigan Spring International Classic Car Auction$8,000  
1989 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$19,600  
1989 FORD THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$18,000  

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