Craigslist Classics: Personal Luxury Cars, Ten Years After–1967 Ford Thunderbird and 1977 Chrysler Cordoba

'67 T-Bird 2

My recent article on the 1965 Thunderbird drew some comments, both praising and damning, about the 1967 Thunderbird, which has proved to be a polarizing iteration of the original personal luxury coupe.  It certainly was a harbinger of change, but those comments jogged my memory about a T-Bird for sale on Northern Michigan Craigslist.  It’s been there for a while.

'67 T-Bird 1

This is obviously not one of the new for 1967 four-doors, but it does have a great color combination, and it looks nice in the pictures, at least if you’re one who was smitten rather than repulsed by the ’67.

'67 T-Bird 4

The advertisement follows:

1967 Thunderbird, 79,880 original miles, Sat in a garage between 30-35 years, 390 4bbl 335HP (315 hp actually.  ED) 425 ft lbs torque from Factory (427 ft.lbs. actually  ED), C6 transmission, front disc brakes/ 4 piston factory calipers, 9″ rear differential 300:1 gears, New: Alternator, regulator, Brake master cylinder, head gaskets, intake gaskets, timing cover gaskets, timing chain and gears, oil pan gaskets, new oil pump, fuel pump & gasket , exhaust manifold gaskets, Drivers power window motor, air filter, fuel filter, thrush glasspack mufflers, 1000cca Battery.  New Holly 600 cfm carburetor w/electric choke.  New Electronic ignition distributor, coil & duraspark 2 ignition module. distributor cap, rotor and ignition wires.  I have extra parts that go with car. Back bumper, various trim pieces.  All original parts that were removed go with car such as, original carb, distributor and coil.  All original Air Conditioning parts come with car including all engine brackets, idler pulleys and mounting bolts.

Car runs and drives excellent! The car was undercoated and rust proofed when new and always garaged until I bought it in July 2014. The interior has one bad spot, on the drivers side seat back. See picture.

Drive as is or restore.
$5500.00 OR BEST OFFER

'67 T-Bird 5

The 390 was the standard engine in 1967 (as it had been since 1961), but the 428 was in its second year as an option.  I imagine that seat of the pants performance between the two was similar (cue argument in the comments).

'67 T-Bird 6

The interior looks faded but workable.  If you’re interested in this piece of Thunderbird history, the seller may be amenable to a little dealing, but then again, maybe s/he’s not, which may be why it’s still for sale.

'77 Cordoba 1

Also on Northern Michigan Craigslist was this personal luxury cruiser from a decade after the T-Bird.  It’s the popular Cordoba, one of the good ones, as JP might say (insinuating that Chrysler’s 1970s build quality was hit or miss).  The fact that it’s a Michigan survivor means it’s been well cared for or little driven.

'77 Cordoba 3

The advertisement follows:

I have a 1977 two door Chrysler Cordoba with 48,000 org. miles.It has new dual exhaust, newer brakes& brake lines,new master cylinder,newer gas tank and gas lines and newer tires. the body is in really great shape for being 39 years old as you can see in the pictures. The paint is a faded blue. It has a very clean interior with no holes or rips. The clock even works!!!!! This is a very good solid car.asking 3,200.00 or o.b.o. no trades call after 11:00 am

'77 Cordoba 6

The advertisement claims 48,000 miles (although the picture claims 47,000), which may explain its condition.  If this car is from Michigan, there’s no way the odometer has rolled, because it would not still exist.

'77 Cordoba 5

A decade of decadence affected the seating zeitgeist: velour replaced leather and vinyl as the material of choice for leisure suit wearing ABBA fans.  OK, maybe that’s a ridiculous stereotype.  Some panels are faded, but the interior looks good.

'77 Cordoba 4

Someone’s as paranoid about license plate theft as I am.  From the rear, it looks like the Cordoba will need a bit of paint work and a date with the buffing wheel at the least.  I just had a spray can of single-stage urethane mixed at the local paint shop for 20 dollars, so the primered spot presents no big challenge.  The chalky paint, however, may be too far gone to save.

'77 Cordoba 7

I’m guessing it will need tires, judging by the faded balance weight.  There is a refreshing lack of visible rust here, however, so $3200 doesn’t seem like a ridiculous price.  In fact, this one may already be sold; it would make for a fun driver for someone who’s into ’70s luxoboats.

'77 Cordoba 2

Neither of these cars is really up my alley, but they both represent what appears to be reasonable value for anyone who wants to get into older cars without spending a lot of money.  They both represent the top of their respective lines, and though their modern popularity is dubious, there’s a lot to be said for being your own person. Anyone else find any potentially good deals out there lately?