The 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster was a gesture toward buyers pining for the two-seat Thunderbird in the early 1960s. A fiberglass tonneau cover, designed by Bud Kaufman, fit over the rear seat area of the normal four-seat convertible to give the appearance of a two-seater with a very long rear deck.

Twin headrests at the cover's forward edge fit over the regular front bucket seats, and were raised so as to flow back to the rear, thus avoiding a too-flat appearance. The cover was designed so as not to interfere with the convertible top's operation. Kelsey-Hayes chrome-plated wire wheels were standard, and the stock rear fender skirts were deleted to provide clearance for their knock-off centers.

Although they were offered by the factory for these two years only, a few tonneau covers found their way onto the restyled 1964 convertible (minus the wire wheels) at the dealer level. In all, this was a clever idea (usually attributed to Lee lacocca), but it didn't take hold, probably because the cover was cumbersome to remove or replace and the price was high.

Rarity and distinctive good looks make the 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster the prime collectible among T-Birds of these years.

Pluses of the 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster:

  • Attractiveness
  • Good styling
  • High quality
  • Smoothness
  • Rarity
  • Refinement
  • Strong appreciation lately
  • Unique equipment

Minuses of the 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster:

  • Body rust
  • Fuel thirst
  • Tonneau won't fit the trunk
  • Wire wheels costly to fix and replacements are scarce

Production of the 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster:
1,427

Production of the 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster:
455

Specifications of the 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster:
Wheelbase, inches: 113.0
Length, inches: 205.0

Weight, pounds: 4,471-4,396

Price, new
: $5,439-$5,563 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1962-1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
390 cid
300/340
1962-1963

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