1985 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe - 51k miles - $6500 - Fresno, CA

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One of the better American-made products from the 1980s was the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, which featured big advancements in styling and performance over prior models, putting it on par with many of its European rivals. And this example, offered on craigslist HERE by a private seller in the Fresno area, is one of the nicest I’ve seen in a long time.

There’s an argument to be made for waiting to find one from a later model year since, starting in 1987, these received a notable bump in power, thanks largely to the addition of an intercooler. However, they were also about 400 lbs heavier by then, negating some of the performance gains. And considering this near perfect earlier example is available now for just $6500, it may not be worth the wait.

VIN: 1FABP46W2FH176460


Many years ago, I had one of these. I drove it all over the U.S ---- from Maine to Florida and New York to Michigan. Put over 200,000 miles with no major issues. I loved the car.


Very cool – and pretty impressive durability for a mid-1980s vehicle. I bet it made a wonderful grand tourer!