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1976 Thunderbird
2-Door Hardtop

Model Year History Overview:

Thunderbird was originally designed to be small and racy with a unique look and personality that would set it apart from its contemporaries.  Although never intending to be a sports car, it was only 52.1” high and its 102 inch wheelbase was an inch and a half shorter than that of a Model A.
Luxurious enough for the most discriminating buyer, the 1955 model offered plush vinyl upholstery, “Astra-Dial” control panel, adjustable steering wheel, tachometer, and clock.  Yet, with a 292 CID V-8 engine rated at 202 HP, four barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, it was high-spirited enough for any enthusiast.  Although the original two-seated Thunderbird was only manufactured for three years, it was so advanced in concept that its influence in the automobile industry is still being felt.  In 1955 Thunderbird outsold the Chevrolet Corvette 20-1.
Thunderbirds got larger in 1958 with the first of the four-seaters.  It got still larger in 1962.  The 1976 Thunderbird was the last of the big Thunderbirds.  This series began in 1961.  Thunderbird was “downsized: in 1977 to a derivative of an existing intermediate platform.

Total 1976 Thunderbird Production: 52,935
MSRP: $7,790.00

Stock Number C 171

1976 Thunderbird
2-Door Hardtop

VIN Number:  6J87A163411
Assembly Plant:   Wixom, Michigan
Date of Manufacture:  N/A
Exterior Color:  Tan, Brown Vinyl Top
Interior Trim:  Brown Cloth
Engine:   460 CID -Thunderbird OHV- V-8
202 Horsepower
Bore/Stroke: 4.36”X 3.85”

Transmission:  3-Speed Cruise-O-Matic


  • AM/FM Stereo w/8-Track Stereo Tape
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tinted Glass
  • Air Conditioner w/Automatic Temp. Control
  • Power Antenna
  • Security Lock Group
  • Power Steering & Power Disc Brakes
  • 6-Way Power Seats
  • Power Lumbar Support Seats
  • Convenience Group
  • Light Group
  • Dual Exhaust
  • Power Lock Group
  • Electric Rear Window Defroster

Wheelbase:  120.0-inches
Overall Length:  N/A
Weight:  4,808 LBS

Stock Number: C 171
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