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  • 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

    I have obtained factory photos of a 1958 Thunderbird Golde Top! It even has the same wind bar as the 1960.

    At least one of these cars was made, as it is a photograph. It may have been a prototype for the 1960.

    I will post pictures this weekend of this car on the main website.

    Alexander
    1959 Hardtop
    1960 Golde Top
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    RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

    Pictures of this unusual car are posted at: http://www.squarebirds.org/1958_golde_top.htm . Thanks to Sandy Block for letting me know about this rare brochure.

    Alexander
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    • #3
      RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

      Alex
      I enjoyed the Golde site and are wondering now where that 58 is or if it still exsist! In Alan Tast book they show a 59 with a sunroof and the report states that this 59 was the test car for the sunroof. So may be the 58 was an aftermarket private order by the 58s owner and Golde Company took a photo for a later customer brochure?. I also see a 62 Jaguar with the convertion and a friend in our local car club who owns a Jag was surprised when he seen the site and is now looking back at old car asessory books for some more adds. As i have owned a 59 Galaxie a Golde top on this model would have been a sucess due to the same roof line as a T-Bird and i thick Galaxie owners would agree.
      But i must say that if the roof was powered as it was avalible by Golde this would have been a very nice finishing touch with a fully option Bird.
      Kevin.

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      • #4
        RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

        There is no exact way of knowing when that brochure was printed. I think it is late fifties as no 1960's models are shown.

        I too wonder if this 1958 Thunderbird Golde Top still exists.

        Alexander
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        • #5
          RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

          Incidentally, in December of 2001, I tried to get some Golde Top sunroof parts off a Jaguar in an Eastern Long Island junkyard, but unfortunately, the roof was partially crushed so I could not get it open.

          Curiously, two Jaguars with sunroofs were right near a 1959 Thunderbird.

          http://www.squarebirds.org/images/1959tbird_li_junk.jpg

          What year and model Jaguar is in this picture?

          Alexander
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          1960 Golde Top
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          • #6
            RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

            There were the odd British car maker in the Fifties selling sunroofs like Rileys & Wolsleys and Daimlers and the odd Armstrongs these were all Steel tops!.As for the scraped Jag its a 53/54 model MKVII. So did Jag have the mark series before Lincoln!!!!.
            Now in the Golde brochure the Jag is a Mark 2 model started production in 61! so this mite tell us the age of the brochure.
            Kev.

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            • #7
              RE: Golde Top brochure vs product guide

              I think we need to differentiate between the Golde Top brochure and the Golde Top product guide. What I refer to as the brochure is printed in color and shows no cars of the sixties. The black and white product guide is a separate sheet. This product guide may have been printed later the brochure to keep the accompanying brochure current.

              http://www.squarebirds.org/1962golde_top_brochure.htm

              Alexander
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              • #8
                RE: Golde Top brochure vs product guide

                Alexander, I see you got the brochure I made you aware of. Looks good. Check out the 1958 T-B in it. It appears to be wearing some form of cloth simulated convertible roof. It looks "wrinkled"or textured, rather than smooth as would paint. It also looks to be a darker shade the the body. Can you explain this? Might they had thought about REALLY putting on a Gold Vinyl Roof? Unlike other in the folder, it IS a photo - not a drawing....Could our joke really have been a possible reality, at some point in design?? Ummm

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                • #9
                  RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

                  Hi Alex,
                  Long time no posts, yeh i know but have been busy, also workin on the Goldie, and she is lookin cherry. Was hoping to have her done soon for my Sweden trip , but that will have to wait till next year and the beer with Eric.
                  Now i have been talkin with some yank car owner friends here in England, and one is still workin for Ford in Birmingham England, and is aware of the Golde Company and there new office in Birmingham.
                  He is familier with the Sunroof 60Birds, and found out they First opened a Detroit office in mid 1957!. Now he can recall from friends at Golde Birmingham that they were converting cars on private order in late 57 and did approch Ford to see if they could get there Sunroof on the 58s!. So may be the photo of the 58 you have was a private customer who may have loaned it back to Golde for a photo shot?.
                  Kevin 60 Golde Top
                  Thunderbirds of England.
                  ps
                  The site is a great sucess, thanks for your great efforts welldone.

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                  • #10
                    RE: 1958 Golde Top Thunderbird

                    Thanks for the update Kevin.

                    You were one of the first people to come to this site and help make it a success.

                    Alexander
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