1966 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau
Another new model for 1966, the Town Landau replaced the Landau for this one year only. Note the difference between this model and the Town Hardtop: The Town Landau features a Levant grain vinyl roof in Black, White, Parchment, or Sage Gold with color-coordinated S-Bars. The designation "Town" identifies only the rear quarter roof line; the designation "Town Landau" requires the additional trim (vinyl roof, S-Bars, wood grain, etc.) that are unique to the Town Landau only.
Showing in fair condition we have a Silver/Green Gold respray Town Landau, complete with the Landau S bars on the rear B pillar, this is a low and cool boulevard cruiser. A fur coat for dad if you will. Now go pet the dog and grab the milk from outside.
Getting more streamlined, we note less accoutrements and worthless adornments and more clean simple lines. From the dual headlights to the clamshell egg crate grille and hood intersection, and the wrap around bumper all is presenting in fair condition with overall chrome dulling, rusting and dimpling. Some additional body work was completed, however was covered in an off-color rattle can spray. This is seen on the drivers rear quarter, and the passenger's rear of the door panel. Surface and invasive rust is noted on the rockers, where more spray paint is seen. The Levant grained roof is in good condition. All badging is present and accounted for. Standard T bird styled, and badged wheel covers are seen on all 4 corners. Fender skirts are on the rear of this car.
Inside, the Town Landau has the same standard equipment and features as the Town Hardtop, with the exception of the floor and roof consoles have a simulated woodgrain appearance, as does the steering wheel (without speed control), and both door panels have woodgrain inserts. Black vinyl covered buckets flank a futuristic styled console glovebox and power window switches. A tufted rectangle pattern below and a tuck and roll vertical pattern is seen on top of the seats. The rear bench has an interesting curvature to it, and a center padded armrest area. On the dash 4 planetary style round gauges front the horizontal bar speedometer. A total midcentury design approach with the vent styling to the knobs and levers all space aged out and plenty of chromed plastic trim. Black carpet floods the floors and is overall good condition. A leather grained vinyl headliner is seen, and it sports a central console including various warning lights on the ceiling.
An unrestored appearing original (not verified) 390ci V8 engine sits within an original looking engine bay. This mill is topped by a single 4-barrel carburetor and has a 3-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. This puts all power rearward to a Ford 9-inch 3.00 rear.
Plenty of surface rust, however structurally sound. The rockers have just a bit of surface rust, but not reminiscent of the exterior panels which have rust bubbling etc. Only the panels exterior wise are involved. Independent coil spring front suspension and leaf spring suspension for the rear, as well as Power disc brakes up front and power drums for the back.
With the exterior in need of some work I slipped inside and gave it a crank. It idled smoothly and went into gear and gave me a nice cruise. Systems were working, and ride was very comfortable. Plenty of power upfront, and the brakes worked flawlessly.
Original interior, some work needed on the exterior, but a nice top and smooth runner for the Town Landau model this year only offering then the changed other name again and took away the vinyl top version.
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
87-2 Door Landau Hardtop
Z-390 ci V8 4bbl
109090-Sequential Unit Number
BODY 63D-2 Door Landau
COLOR B-Midnight Turquoise Metallic
TRIM 26-Black Vinyl
DATE 27J-September 27th 1965
DSO 13-New York
AXLE 01-3.00 Gears
TRANS 8-Cruise O Matic