1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe -
Marti Report - 2.3L Inline4 w/5-Speed Manual - 61K Miles - Highly Optioned - Highly Original - Rare in this condition - Collectible Ford -
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We know that unfortunately the Thunderbird went the way of the Do-Do Bird in 2005, but the Thunderbird namesake badge was worn by many great Ford sports cars over the years. This awesome, highly original, low mileage Turbo Coupe is one of those memorable Thunderbird sports cars of the past.
The black paint on the exterior is simply called Black (code 1C), no fancy factory name here, just glossy black paint. The condition of the exterior is impressive for an all original car like this TBird. Paint is glossy, lights are in great condition, and the original 'snowflake' wheels are in extremely good condition.
Inside the car are a number of great top of the line (at the time) features - supportive sport seats with Lumbar support, boost gauge, graphic equalizer, power windows, electronic climate control, suspension damping rate and fuel grade selector, and one of our favorite features - 3 pedals. A comfortable driving position, affords you a great view of the clear gauges, and within arms reach of the 2 spoke steering wheel is a shifter with a short throw, perfect for rowing through the gears. The interior condition is in amazing original condition - from the seats, trim, and carpeting this interior is very clean.
The 2.3L Turbocharged and Intercooled Inline-4 under the hood offered approximately 190 horsepower, 240 lb/ft of torque. All that is made possible with the Inline 4 by the “snail” found on the right side of the engine bay and the 15 psi max boost it produces. Of note is that as a manual transmission Thunderbird this car's Turbo gets full boost in every gear, the automatic transmission cars had boost restricted, so full boost wasn't possible in lower gears. The drivetrain on this particular Thunderbird is unchanged, and shows only 61k miles, which is just under 2k miles a year since this car left the showroom. Someone had some strong willpower to only put that many miles on this fun sports coupe.
Many people forgot about the capable Thunderbird Turbo coupes over the years. Nowdays turbos are common on everything from high performance cars, to small commuter cars, and SUV's. It seems that most cars sold today have a turbo. Back in the late '80's a turbocharger strapped to an engine was unique. The performance and power that the turbo coupe provided was exceptional back in the day when this 9th Generation Thunderbird was being produced. This black T-Bird has been well cared for over the years - certainly garage kept - and is ready for a new home. Low mileage examples like this one are hard to find, don't miss this one before it flies the coop!
1FA - Division: Ford Passenger car
B - Active Seat Belts
P64 - Thunderbird 2 Door Turbo Coupe
T - 2.3L Inline4 Intercooled Turbo EFI
9 - Check Digit
J - Model Year 1988
H - Built at Lorain Production Plant
210620 - Serial Number
Data Plate Decode:
04/88: Date - April 1988 Production Date
1C: Paint - Black Paint
41: DSO - Chicago
63D: Body - Thunderbird 2 Door Turbo Coupe
BH: Trim - Raven Cloth Articulated Seat
K: Axle - 3.55:1 Traction-Lok Rear Axle
2: Transmission - 5-Speed Manual
8 - Power Moonroof
H - AM/FM/Cassette Stereo