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trim code 76 04-16-2009 01:26 AM

Last squarebird??
I added this to the end of my previous post but thought I should post it on it's own. My car is at the paint shop right now (the factory paint could not be saved) The body is perfect and the rest of the car is 100% untouched and in fantastic condition. When I was taking everything out of the inside I discovered that on the inside of one of the door panels in black grease pencile it states "7/13" (last day of production), "last day, last car"! I had a pretty good idea it was possibly the last one and know there is some question as to the last actual number produced but this very well may be it!!!! I also found carefully placed under the factory carpet a paper shamrock that states "This is your lucky shamrock" built on the 13th.... I guess so!! The car is 99% factory original to the car, with the exception of the exhaust pipes and mufflers (Have factory date code mufflers in the box, they will be going on. I even have a factory oil filter) and the battery (Have a reproduction Power Punch, only reproduction part on the car). I bought it for the interior (my log in name) but got real lucky on the number!

bird 60 04-16-2009 01:55 AM

Congratulations, & for your sake I hope it is the Silver Chalice of the Squarebirds. Now some-one has to come up with the First.

Chris....From the Land of OZ.

byersmtrco 04-16-2009 02:26 AM

Wow . . . Now THATS something !!!
I'd be curious the last didgets of the VIN and the destination code.

Is it in the TB reg?

LuckyJay 04-16-2009 08:47 AM

When it says "7/13" does that imply July the 13th? I was under the notion that the 60 t-Birds were in production into September of 1960. What is the VIN of your car and what does the DATA plate code the date to be?

trim code 76 04-16-2009 11:47 AM

Data plate info: #OY71Y192784 (#92,784). Body:63A, Color:Z, Trim:76, Date:13W, Trans:4, Axle:3. 13W was the last day of production.

fomoco59 04-16-2009 01:19 PM

You should get that car into the TBird Registry.

YellowRose 04-16-2009 02:28 PM

Last squarebird??
According to Automotive Mileposts, there were 92,843 '60 Squarebirds manufactured that year. The highest number ever for Squarebirds. Also, September 13th (13W) was the last day for production according to them. I don't know why "7/13" would have been written, instead of 9/13, unless part of the 9 wore off.

I do not know how you account for the other 59 that were manufactured between 92,784 and 92,843, but I recall reading somewhere, that Ford did not always manufacture cars in the exact order by serial number. It could be that the '59 other cars, where different models on different lines, like the J Code, or the convertible. I think that one of the line workers would not have taken the time to write what they did, and do with they did if that car was NOT the last car on their line.. And yes, it should be registered on John Rotella's Tbird Registry, since it is a very historical car.


GTE427 04-16-2009 03:30 PM

On the other end of the spectrum, I recall a VTCA piece in the seventies where someone scouting a yard turned up a 60 HT, serial number ONE. He bought the car and restored it.

I remember seeing the car in the registry, believe it's located in Pennsylvania.

Interesting concept, two last cars, last built and last numbered. Besides the pencil markings on the car, wonder if there is anyway to document this as the last one, such as a Ford newsletter or a photo shoot to commemorate the ocassion. This was the last 60, the last of the body series and a big sales success, my hope is the last car would have received some publicity.

Does anyone have the data on the Stainless Steel TBirds? These would have been near the end as it's been written the dies would have been damaged stamping the SS panels

Richard D. Hord 04-16-2009 05:15 PM

Am I mistaken or wasn't the 1960 stainless steel Thunderbird the last one to be produced? Since stainless is so hard, once the sheet-metal stamps or dies were used they were destroyed.:rolleyes:

YellowRose 04-16-2009 05:18 PM

Last squarebird??
Here is the information that I and others posted regarding the stainless steel Squarebirds.


I think you are right about them not making them until the end of the production run for the reasons stated.

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