Thursday, September 24, 2015

Factory Boosted: 1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe

The ninth generation of Ford's iconic Thunderbird road on the fox platform shared with the Ford Mustang, Mercury Cougar, and Lincoln Mk VII. For the most part this version of the Thunderbird was a big boulevard cruising personal luxury coupe, but Ford built a few special models that are interesting for low-buck collectors and turbo fox fanatics alike.  Find this 1986 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe here on eBay bidding for $6,400 in Lincoln Park, MI.

The Turbo Coupe was the luxury version of the Mustang SVO or Merkur XR4Ti, and was priced at the top of the Thunderbird lineup.  Power was a few ponies down in the Turbo Coupe (versus the SVO) but it's sporting credentials were bolstered by a traction-lok rear end and a 5-speed gearbox.

The T-Bird TC was given a non-intercooled version of Ford's 2.3 liter turbo-4, but it was fuel injected and produced something between 145 to 162 horsepower (according to various internet sources) and 180 ft-lbs of torque.   Is isn't a car that you'll drive today and call "fast", but for the time it wasn't bad.

This one has only 42k miles on the odometer and it looks in decent shape.  The interior shows limited signs of wear in the pictures provided, and this is a buy at the current bidding price if you ask me.

See a cooler 80s throwback?


  1. And it allows you to brag that you have car with FOUR pedals!

  2. Looks like the odometer says 69XXX miles...

  3. That car is only 6 miles away if anyone needs me to look at it.
    The undercarriage looks absolutely perfect, no rust.

    That drivetrain would be a perfect swap for my wife's Mustang II.

    1. How's Michigan? I always wanted to visit and possible move to the Northern Michigan.

    2. Depends on whether you like winter or not. If you like snowmobiles then you are all set!
      Nothing beats a Michigan summer and fall. I love being out on the water.
      Ideally make Michigan your summer and fall dwelling and head south or west for the winter.
      I had lived in the Los Angeles basin for 12 years spanning from the late 70's and through the 80's and do not regret moving back to Michigan. This even though I don't like winter.

      Your road trip starts HERE

  4. This car is pretty cool and a really nice color form the German rainbow!
    I would lower it a little, turn up the boost and call it done!

  5. I love these cars and miss the personal semi-luxury coupe as a segment. My parents had a 1988 automatic - fun to drive even though down on performance vs. the manual.


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