Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1966 Ford Thunderbird Convertible With Sports Tonneau – Who Wants A Back Seat Anyway?

The Sports Tonneau does not show up in the 1965 and 1966 Thunderbird brochure, but one seems to have found a home on this ’66 shot by canadiancatgreen. Apparently it was not a popular option, and it’s not too hard to see why folks weren’t eager to cover up their back seats. But then just how often did someone actually sit in the back of a Thunderbird convertible? Maybe just the possibility of it was the key factor.

This started with the 1962 Sports Roadster, which was also offered in 1963. It was presumably a way recapture some of the mystique of the long-lamented ’55-’57 two seat Thunderbird, a car that was an instant classic and missed by its fans for decades to come. Until it was remade as a retromobile, and nobody cared; but that’s a different story.

I vividly remember seeing a red Sports Roadster like this near Stony Brook on Long Island when we were there on vacation in 1964. Wow; not like I was likely to see one in Iowa City. I was impressed.

But not enough buyers were, obviously.