SOLD SOLD SOLD! 1962 Ford M code Thunderbird
So… Here’s a rare bird for you! A very small number of 1962 and 1963 Ford Thunderbirds were made with the sporty M-Code, having the high-performance 390 six-barrel, Sports V-8 engine. Each M-Code series car is recognized by an “M” in its vehicle identification number. The M-Code was introduced in January 1962, and is associated with the Sports Roadster. Only a few performance oriented buyers managed to order their Tudor Hardtop with the special M-Code engine. This M-Code was one of those fortunate cars. The M-Code engine, for insurance purposes, was conservatively reported to have 340 bhp with a 10.5.1 compression, dual exhaust, and a trio of Holley two-barrel carburettors on a cast aluminium intake. This engine was offered by using the cylinder heads from Ford’s 406 cu. in. engine (405 bhp) with higher-rate valve springs, a specially ground camshaft unique to the T-Bird engine, and a high-pressure oil pump. According to Thunderbird! by Ray Miller, 1973, the M-Code engine was rated as having 400 bhp, making it the highest performance rated TBird built. This particular M Code has been registered as number 17430 with the 1962-1963 “M” – Series Registry compiled by William A. Wonder, found at WWW.tbirdregistry.com
Production Figures M-Code production was limited to the 1962 and 1963 model years. The first Birds documented to be equipped with the M-Code engine were built in January, 1962. Production of the M-Code series ceased in mid-January, 1963. According to William Wonder, who wrote Thunderbird Restoration Guide 1958-1966, © 1997, only a combined total of 275 M-Code series cars are known to have been built in that 12 month period, most of which were roadsters. This car is one of 46 known M code hardtops left in existence and is a great example. One for the car connoisseur! Currently a new import, selling with 12 months qld registration and compliance upon sale.
I’m aware not many people even know of these car so have attached a few links to others for sale and for information.
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PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle is being sold on consignment, consignment vehicles are sold as is without registration unless otherwise stated and there is no cooling off period or warranty expressed written or implied by the consignee. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to purchase based upon that judgment solely.