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1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster

Model Year History Overview:
1962 was the first year for the Thunderbird Sports Roadster. The Sports Roaster was just a standard Thunderbird convertible with a fiberglass tonneau cover hiding the back seat. They were distinguished by having Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, tonneau cover, a special front fender emblem and a passenger grab bar.  All were painted Rangoon Red with Black canvas tops in 1962.  The coding for Sports Roadster was established as 76B/85 and76B/89. The last 76B/85 invoiced Sports Roadster was 2Y85Z114640.  In 1962 only 1,427 Sports Roadsters were produced; 1,200 were 390 CID 4-barrel carburetor equipped and only 120 were 390 CID Triple 2-barrel carburetor (401HP) on an alloy manifold, deeper-breathing 406 heads and 10:1 compression.  They were known as the “M-Birds” because the 5th character in the serial number (VIN) changed from Z to M.
Total 1962 Thunderbird  Production:  78,011  - Hardtops: 69,554  Convertibles:  7,030
Sports Roadster Convertibles: 1,427
Originally Sold To: C & C Motors, Inc., Hatboro, Pennsylvania
MSRP:  $5,906.50
Dealer Invoice: $4,644.32

Stock Number: C 42

1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster

VIN Number:   2Y85Z109025
Date of Manufacture:  August 28, 1961
Assembly Plant:  Wixom, Michigan
Exterior Color:  Rangoon Red
Convertible Top:  Black Canvas
Interior Trim:  Black Leather
Engine:  390 CID Thunderbird OHV V-8
4-Barrel Carburetor
300 Horsepower
Bore/Stroke:  4.05” x 3.78”
Transmission:  3 Speed - Cruise-O-Matic

  • AM Push Button Radio
  • Power Steering & Brakes
  • Power Seat, Driver & Passenger
  • Roadster Tonneau Cover
  • Roadster Passenger Grab Bar
  • Dual Exhaust
  • Kelsey-Hayes Wire Wheels
  • 8.00 x14 Wide Whitewall Radial Radial Tires
  • Factory Air Conditioner
  • Windshield Washer
  • Dual Outside Mirrors
  • Heavy Duty Battery

  Wheelbase:  113.0 inches

Weight:  4,471 LBSStock

Number: C 42 

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