Ford Thunderbird Convertible, 1961 MY

The Ford Thunderbird Convertible is a convertible/cabriolet with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which delivers the power through the rear wheels. Powering the Ford Thunderbird Convertible is an overhead valve, 6.4 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder engine, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 300 bhp (304 PS/224 kW) at 4600 rpm and 579 N·m (427 lb·ft/59 kgm) at 2800 rpm respectively. Power is transferred to the wheels through a 3 speed automatic gearbox. The claimed kerb weight is 1945 kg.

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Key facts

Ford Thunderbird Convertible, 1961 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 4/5 seats
How long?
5207 mm
How heavy?
1945 kg
What size engine?
6.4 litre, 6387 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
304 PS / 300 bhp / 224 kW @ 4600 rpm
How much torque?
579 Nm / 427 ft.lb / 59 kgm @ 2800 rpm

Ford Thunderbird models

2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 4601 cm3 208 PS 205 bhp 153 kW 1724 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1604 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1610 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW 1604 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 4942 cm3 203 PS 200 bhp 149 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3791 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW 1739 kg
Ford Thunderbird SC -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 5M 3791 cm3 213 PS 210 bhp 157 kW 1710 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3797 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1606 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6990 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 319 PS 315 bhp 235 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1947 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 6387 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1867 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7038 cm3 355 PS 350 bhp 261 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3OD 5766 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
Ford Thunderbird -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 5766 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 5766 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7010 cm3 350 PS 345 bhp 257 kW 2128 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 5769 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 1837 kg

Similar models

2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 6223 cm3
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 6572 cm3 330 PS 325 bhp 242 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 6292 cm3 309 PS 305 bhp 227 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6292 cm3 309 PS 305 bhp 227 kW
4 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 7046 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW 2360 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 5928 cm3 309 PS 305 bhp 227 kW 1540 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 5928 cm3 309 PS 305 bhp 227 kW 1540 kg
convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6370 cm3 304 PS 300 bhp 224 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 6362 cm3 317 PS 313 bhp 233 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 6362 cm3 317 PS 313 bhp 233 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6362 cm3 317 PS 313 bhp 233 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6362 cm3 307 PS 303 bhp 226 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 6362 cm3 317 PS 313 bhp 233 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 6362 cm3 317 PS 313 bhp 233 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6362 cm3 317 PS 313 bhp 233 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3A 6362 cm3 307 PS 303 bhp 226 kW
1961 Ford Thunderbird Convertible data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2870 mm 113 inches
Track/tread (front) 1549 mm 61 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1524 mm 60 inches
Length 5207 mm 205 inches
Width 1928 mm 75.9 inches
Height 1354 mm 53.3 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.81
Kerb weight 1945 kg 4288 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code Thunderbird 390 Special V-8
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 6.4 litre
6387 cc
(389.759 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 102.9 × 96 mm
4.05 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.07
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(gross)
304 PS (300 bhp) (224 kW)
at 4600 rpm
Specific output
(gross)
47 bhp/litre
0.77 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(gross)
579 Nm (427 ft·lb) (59 kgm)
at 2800 rpm
Specific torque
(gross)
90.65 Nm/litre
1.1 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.6:1
Fuel system 1 carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1139.2 kPa (165.2 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 798.38 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 156.39 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
115.02 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
154.24 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.07 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 8.69 kg/kW
14.52 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front 5½ x 14
Wheel size rear 5½ x 14
Tyres front 8.00 x 14
Tyres rear 8.00 x 14
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.00
general
Carfolio.com ID376134
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 52.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1961 Ford Thunderbird Convertible added 2014-11-15.
Last modified 2014-11-15.