2016
Vol. XVII


JULY NEWSLETTER
 

THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL
MID-SIZED 1977 – 1979 THUNDERBIRDS

The evolution of the Ford Thunderbird began to mirror other Ford models starting in 1967. Though the exterior styling was much different, many mechanical and interior components were shared with the 1968 – 1971 Lincoln Mark III. Starting in 1972, the Thunderbird became a true sister car to the Lincoln Mark IV. Open headlights versus hidden was the main difference, but body shape, chassis, mechanical and interior components were shared. The ride was almost identical to the Mark IV, using the same 460 cubic inch engines.

With the need for better division fuel economy and the full size TBird’s sales dwindling to only about 50K units in 1976, Ford redesigned the car to have a similar styling to the new 1977 Lincoln Mark V, but in a mid-size platform. The market loved it and sales in 1977 were more than six times sales in 1976, with over 318K unit sold. Base models, bucket seats, t-top roofs and the luxurious Town Landau option allowed many more Americans to own a luxury designed car equipped with more fuel efficient power plants.
1977 Base Thunderbird
Engines ranged from the base 302 V-8 to the upgraded 351 or 400 V-8’s. Handling was more nimble due the size and the market loved them. It became the new sister car for the Mercury Cougar, very same bodies with open headlights and different rear end treatments. The 1977 – 1979 Cougars also sold well.

In 1978, Ford celebrated their 75th Anniversary with two Special Edition cars, The Diamond Jubilee Mark V and the Diamond Jubilee Thunderbird, the most luxurious Thunderbird ever built.  The $12K Jubilee TBird was over $10K less than the Mark V Jubilee, allowing similar styling and a more affordable price. In 1979, Ford followed up the popular Diamond Jubilee TBird with the Heritage, basically the same design in different color combinations.

MJC has been selling these popular cars since its third sale in 2007, when a Black exterior, Red bucket seat interior car sold to Norway. Ford sold over 950K of these Thunderbirds from 1977 – 1979, but is it’s still hard to find a nice, low mile example. We buy and refresh all we can find. Here are some examples of these beauties that have moved thru our dealership. Click the pictures on each and see options and appointments that make these cars so special. 

1958 Ford Fairlane 500

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A car that is the nicest 1958 we have seen in ten years. All original car with one older repaint. Completely rust free, still has the factory red oxide primer on the floor pans. Never undercoated!

Highly desirable 352/300HP Interceptor V-8. Beautiful older repaint in the factory Red & White. Amazing original Gray cloth and vinyl interior. Mint dash, gauges, door panels, carpet & headliner. Excellent original chrome, stainless & soft trim. Interior of this car is like a time capsule. Original 352 cubic inch, Interceptor Thunderbird V-8. Factory automatic transmission. Power steering, factory radio & clock. Factory correct wheel covers and newer wide whitewall tires.

1958 Edsel Corsair

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Just arrived, this beautiful car has been well cared for and garaged since new. The 1958 Edsel's were so anticipated and this one was ordered by Tony Nunez of Modesto, California by Wilson Edsel Sales in September, 1957. At some point, the dealer's owner Elmo Wilson repurchased the car for his private collection. It remained with Elmo until his passing in 2002. Purchased by last owner from his estate in 2002.

Original dealer invoice, owner's manual, black plates and registrations for Elmo. This car has very nice original paint in Copper Poly Metallic & White. New correct NOS seat upholstery. Original dash & door panels. New carpet & headliner. Nice original chrome & stainless. Original push button automatic steering wheel. Factory 411 cubic inch, 345 HP V-8 engine and original push button automatic transmission. Original wheel covers and older white wall whitewall radial tires.

2004 Chevrolet SSR

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An amazing example of the famous SSR, Chevy's convertible pickup like no other. Produced from 2003-2006, the excellent examples of these vehicles are destined to be future classics. Fun to drive and like nothing else in the marketplace. Now it is ready for its new owner to love and pamper.

Untitled on dealer MSO until sold to the first retail owner in April 2015. This Florida owner kept the vehicle at this North Carolina home. He has sold the home. Less than 3K miles since new and excellent original condition.

Beautiful, ominous color combination of original Smokin' Asphalt (Black) paint and mint condition Black leather bucket seat interior. Mint dash, carpet, door panels and console. Mint chrome and soft trim. The car is equipped with the the highly desired 5.3 Liter 300 HP V-8 engine. Four speed automatic overdrive transmission. Lots of power assists and luxury everywhere.

Labor Day Car Show

MJC Classic Cars is so proud to sponsor and manage the annual Labor Day car show at our church, Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. We will celebrate the 15th annual car show September 5th. Last year, the show grew to 472 attending cars and thousands of visitors. A free community event, this show has grown to be the second largest Central Florida car show next to the Lake Mirror Classic in Downtown Lakeland each October. 

If you are in the Lakeland area Labor Day Sept 5th, please plan to bring your car or visit our 15th annual show and help us celebrate break the 500 car plateau! When I started attending this show eight years ago, we had 125 cars. Every year it continues to increase in cars and visitors.  God Bless all the 100+ volunteers that help make this event so special year after year.  Visit www.hpnaz.org  for more on our awesome church, you will love it like we do.

Consignment

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MJC Classic Cars has been selling not only our own cars, but vehicles for consigning clients We’ve been able to consistently sell luxury cars,  muscle cars, and custom hot rods for clients from all over the USA and Canada.
 
We only consign very nice vehicles, no rust buckets or projects. Our rule is we need to have the vehicle present for photographs here in Lakeland, Florida and can safely store the car until sold. We do not take offsite consignments as many cars are visited pre-sale by buyers and inspectors, so we limit consignments to cars that are with us.

 
MJC Classic Cars is an established company selling about 300 classics this year. We have found eBay, Hemmings Online, Classiccars Online and Autotrader Classics to be the most cost effective and result oriented places to advertise your car. Our website www.mjcclassiccars.com confirms the quality of the cars we sell to potential buyers. Fees paid after we sell your car...Most consignment companies charge you up front and then ongoing marketing fees. We charge our selling fees after we sell your car. There are no storage fees or marketing fees paid during the selling period. We get paid when we perform.
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