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  • A Question for Alan

    This is a question for Alan Tast.

    I can't find my William Wonder Thunderbird "Bible" at the moment.

    Did Ford ever put an M-motor in a Monaco? We had a local awhile back selling one (Big $$$$$$$$$$) Nice car, but it didn't have the proper vin designation (for the motor-it was a real Monaco.)

    Thank you,

    John Byers
    San Jose,Calif
    John Byers
    1960 Convertible (Orig owner)

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    "M" in a Monaco?

    NO! Production of M-series'63s ceased shortly after the beginning of January '63, while Monaco production began around mid-January '63 on through end of '63 production. Sales literature during the period the Monaco was offered did not even mention the M-series engine.

    Why no "M" in the Monaco? Too many complaints from owners of engine fires, poor mileage, hard to keep in tune, etc. With the upscale sedate, hard-to-please clientel Ford was aiming the Monaco at, the last thing they would want to do is have a lot of irate owners, warranty work, etc.
    Alan H. Tast AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Technical Director/Past President, Vintage Thunderbird Club Int'l.
    Author, "Thunderbird 1955-1966" & "Thunderbird 50 Years"