1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster

$51,500 Negotiable

1962 Ford Thunderbird Sport Roadster

Vehicle Description:

Built on October 5, 1961, the Ford Motor Company Gate Release and Accounting form indicates that the car was originally shipped for sale to Chief Chamberlin Ford Dealer, 15727 S. Paramount, CA.

The Gate Release Form documents the following vehicle description:

  • -Convertible – Sport Roadster
  • Rangoon Red
  • 8.00×14 WSW
  • Power Lift Windows
  • Power Seat Driver
  • Push Button Radio
  • Windshield Washers
  • Outside Mirror
  • Heavy Duty Battery

Additional documentation includes the ROT Build sheet indicating the build specifications including a Tonneau cover.

The vehicle comes with the original documentation, a copy of the original Factory Specifications manual, a Convertible Top Repair Manual, The original Owner’s Manual and a variety of service and repair receipts.

The car was brought to Horsepower Enterprises for a mechanical diagnosis review, at which time the battery was replaced.

The owner has other Thunderbirds including a similar 1962 Sport Roadster and has decided to part with this vehicle.


The pinnacle of the third generation Thunderbird was the Sports Roadster package introduced in 1962 and only offered through the 1963 model year. With only 1,427 being built in 1962.

The Sports Roadster was accented by special badging on the front fenders, a color matched passenger dash grab handle, and Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels with “knock off” style hubcaps. However, the pinnacle difference was the removable tonneau cover that sealed off the back seat and would not limit the use of the power convertible top when in place. This striking addition transformed the four-seat arrangement into a sporty two-seater that called back to the first generation of T-birds introduced in 1955!

The only engine available that year was a 390 V8, with either one four-barrel carburetor at 300 horses or an “M” code 390 with three two barrels delivering 345 horses. All Sports Roadsters came with the Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission.

The first Sports Roadster built was serial number 2Y85Z 105844, assembled on September 13, 1961. Between that number and date, through serial number 2Y85Z 114640, some 558 factory Sports Roadsters were built. All roadsters were invoiced and sold as convertibles with optional Sports Roadster Package, using Body Style Code 76A. Most of these cars were painted Rangoon Red, with Black Vinyl trim. The first Sports Roadster built, that was coded as a roadster, was serial number 2Y89Z 127027, built December 11, 1961, using the new Sports Roadster Body Code 76B. However, this last date is currently under question, as there may be one built earlier in the month of December. Through the rest of the model year, Sports Roadsters would be correctly coded. All Sports Roadsters left the factory with the fiberglass Tonneau Cover; red, white and blue Thunderbird emblems on both front fenders, (centered between the bumper and wheel opening, below the script); a matching emblem on the Tonneau Cover, between the seats; a color-keyed Passenger Assist Bar mounted on the padded instrument panel in front of the right passenger; and 5 Kelsey-Hayes Wire Wheels with Knock-Off Spinners. You could not get rear fender shields on a roadster. There wasn’t enough clearance, and they were not provided. In fact, there were no mounting locations for fender skirts.

2Y85Z105844-2Y85Z114640: Body Style Code 76A—Invoicing shows Thunderbird Convertible with “Sports Roadster Package” listed as an option, or Convertible – Sport Roadster

2Y85Z114641-2Y89Z176031: Body Style Code 76B—Invoicing shows Thunderbird Sports Roadster.

*Note: At the beginning of the production run, Ford did not separate Sports Roadster models from the Convertibles. After production started, invoicing problems led them to create new body code numbers for both models. Factory invoices indicate 1,427 Sports Roadster models were made for the year.

Sports Roadsters built before 2-2-62 used ‘76A’ code: authentication can be verified by consulting car’s factory invoice and ROT build sheet

Now available at Horsepower Enterprises LLC, a full service, repair and restoration shop and special interest automobile showroom. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (717)392-0599 option 2.

Exterior: Rangoon Red
VIN: 2Y85Z110020

Mileage: 89,009
Interior: Red Vinyl
Engine: Z Code 390 cu 4bbl
Transmission: Automatic
Cowl Tag: 76A J 55 05K 1 1

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