STREETSIDE: 1969 Ford Thunderbird Landau – Ornamented Luxury

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This pre-’70s Thunderbird shows us what we’d get if we were shopping for a top-tier car back then.

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Following our look at a Thunderbird in the TV show “CHiPs” comes this streetside Thunderbird Landau four-door sedan.

The suicide doors are a main attraction here. This configuration was shared by the Lincoln Continental, and it distinguished this Ford with a classy style.

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Full-sized US edans typically had bench seats, but this Thunderbird had an beefy center console that separated the front seats.

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The seats were puffed-up with cushioning.

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And they were amply adorned.

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Plank-like wood-toned trim underscored the luxury message on the doors.

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Thunderbird dashboards could look quite rich-looking.

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Outside, this Landau had much vinyl grain and ornamentation

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You can see them from afar.

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It did much to validate your purchase of a premium vehicle, affirming you in front…

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…and in the rear. The extra pointed detailing is unexpected and really quite nice.

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Hidden headlights were a surefire deluxe connotation. Here, the owner has them at the ready.

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The finely-tined wheel covers continued the prestige theme.

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Shouldered fenders added a sense of substance.

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The standard engine under the 1969 Thunderbird’s long hood was a 429-cubic-inch “Thunder Jet” V8.

If it were the standard two-barrel carburetor, it would have made 320 gross horsepower. The four-barrel would have elevated that number to 360.

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In back, there were two boxy tail lights separated by a black-and-shiny panel, complete with a hidden key door.

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Lots of validation in popping the trunk on this car. Lots of detail to affirm your investment.

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Flow-through ventilation happens partly with the help of this grate.

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The steering wheel met your grasp with a horn ring and a clear rim.

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This Thunderbird Landau’s vinyl roof gave it a distinctive style back in the day.

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Coming into my car awareness in the late-’70s meant that these T-birds seemed like they should have been driven by funeral homes: the landau bar was a throwback to an era that had long passed.

But today, it seems novel and neat, like the rest of this Thunderbird.

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  1. This is an awesome car! I love these models. I deal with luxury cars, both classics and modern cars. It’s great to see all the history in these old beauties.

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