The ’63 Ford Thunderbird wasn’t exactly known for its deftness as a sporting car. Boulevardier is the best term we’ve heard for it. Of course, some number of decades in a shed (that then collapsed) can change a car’s character. In the case of this T-Bird, it’s become a track monster with a reputation for consuming its own drivetrain parts.
The car’s currently without an engine or transmission (but does sport a limited slip 9″ rearend), but the engine bay’s previously been occupied by the original 390, a BMW V12 and most recently a turbodiesel straight six. In case you hadn’t picked up on it, the dudes who run Team Police Brutality are mechanically adventurous fellows.
Selling a LeMons car is always tricky. Per LeMons rules, safety gear like a cage, seat, or harness don’t count for your $500 total, but you’ve obviously got to pay for them if they’re already there. They’re asking $950 for the complete car (without the cage, it’s likely to go all taco-shaped), which is about the price of a cage and seat if you were starting from scratch. This car’s a judges favorite (mostly due to its overwhelming craptasticness), so provided you don’t drop in an all aluminum Ford Motorsports 427, you’re likely to have an easier time in BS inspection than on the track itself.
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