1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster Convertible / 2Y89M147868 Vehicle Information

1962 Ford Thunderbird photograph

1962 Ford Thunderbird photograph

1962 Ford Thunderbird photograph

1962 Ford Thunderbird photograph

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Sold for $48,160 at 2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
Ford introduced a dramatic new 'bullet' theme Thunderbird in 1961, replacing the past 'Squarebirds' from 1958 to 1960. The new Thunderbird came with a unique disappearing top for the convertible body styles that folded itself into the luggage compartment at the touch of a button. Known as the Sport Roadster, it had seating for two, padded slipstream headrests, and a set of four chrome wire wheels which necessitated the deletion of the rear fender shields. Unique chrome badges were placed on each front fender and there was a grab-bar located in front of the passenger.

The 1961 Thunderbirds came with an enlarged big-block V8 with a 390 CID displacement and rated at 300 horsepower. This remained the standard engine for 1962, however, a new and more powerful 'M-Code' version was optionally available with a trio of two-barrel carburetors rated conservatively at 340 hp. 1,427 customers selected the Sport Roadster package (a $650 option) with 120 of those selecting the 'M-Code 390 V8 option (a $242 option).

This particular example is one of the 120 'M-Code' tri-power Roadsters. It was assembled at Ford's Wixon assembly plant around the beginning of March 1962 and then shipped to Bitler Ford in Bordentown, New Jersey. The early history is not known, but by 1969 it was acquired by Ken Peterson of Jamestown New York and would remain in his care until 1994 when it was purchased by the current owner.

This T-Bird is finished in its original color of Rangoon Red with plush black pleated vinyl bucket seats. It is equipped with power brakes and standard (standard equipment on the T-Bird), along with power windows and power-operated driver's seat, tinted glass, push-button AM radio and a heavy-duty battery. Thunderbirds fitted with the M-code tri-power V8 engine were not able to be fitted with air conditioning in 1962.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2020


2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $60,000-USD $80,000 
Sale Price :
USD $48,160

1962 Ford Thunderbird Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1962 sales)
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD SPORT ROADSTER
Chassis#: 2Y85Z109025
Sold for USD$38,500
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Fall Auction
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Sold for USD$68,200
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$18,150
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Sold for USD$18,150
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$30,000
  2020 Fall Carlisle Auction
1962 Ford Thunderbird image  1962 Ford Thunderbird image  
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Sold for USD$23,100
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird M-Code Sports Roadster
Sold for USD$99,000
  2020 Mecum : Glendale
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Chassis#: 2Y89M147868
Sold for USD$48,160
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1962 Ford Thunderbird image  1962 Ford Thunderbird image  
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD COUPE
Sold for USD$14,310
  2020 McCormick's Auction # 68
 
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM COUPE
Chassis#: 2Y83Z141838
Sold for USD$26,400
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 2Y85Z170039
Sold for USD$25,300
  2020 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Sold for USD$16,500
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$7,700
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$44,000
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Sold for USD$34,100
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Sold for USD$18,700
  2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee
 
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD CVTBLE
Sold for USD$21,995
  2019 McCormick's - # 67
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
Sold for USD$220,000
  2019 Mecum : Chicago
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Sold for USD$17,050
  2019 Mecum : Louisville
 
1962 Ford Thunderbird
Sold for USD$5,000
  2019 GAA : July 2019
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1962 Ford Thunderbird's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster 2020 Mecum : Dallas$40,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird2Y83Z1053862020 Fall Carlisle Auction   
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster2Y89Z1533822020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction $40,000$50,000
1962 Ford Thunderbird M-Code Convertible2Y85M1467572020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $55,000$65,000
1962 Ford Thunderbird M-Code Sports Roadster 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$40,000$50,000$60,000
1962 Ford Thunderbird M-Code Sports Roadster 2019 Mecum : Chicago$40,000$40,000$60,000
1962 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop 2019 Collector Car Productions The Manitoba No Reserve Collection   
1962 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop 2019 Collector Car Productions The Manitoba No Reserve Collection$8,500  
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster 2019 Mecum : Las Vegas$40,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2019 Mecum : Dallas$30,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$19,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Convertible 2019 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD CONVERTIBLE2Y85Z1073982018 Premier Auction Group$19,000  
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2017 McCormick's Auction # 63$19,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird2Y83Z1192212017 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford $15,250$17,250
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Spring $40,000$50,000
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Mecum : Kansas City$11,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2017 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter   
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2017 H & H Auction : The Donington Park Motor Car Auction $15,250$17,250
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2016 Collector Car Toronto Fall Classic$15,950  
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2016 GAA : October$6,250  
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2016 Silver Auction Reno$7,100  
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2016 GAA : July 2016$10,500  
1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 2016 Collector Car Productions Toronto Spring Classic Car$17,000  
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2016 Mecum : Kansas City$10,750  
1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2016 GPK Auctions Atlantic City   
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter Auction   
1962 Ford Thunderbird 2016 Carlisle Auctions : Lakeland Winter Auction   

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