Ford Thunderbird, 1972 MY

The Thunderbird is a rear wheel drive coupé road car with a front mounted engine, from Ford. The 7 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 8 cylinder that has an output of 212 bhp (215 PS/158 kW) of power at 4400 rpm, and maximum torque of 443 N·m (327 lb·ft/45.2 kgm) at 2600 rpm. A 3 speed automatic gearbox delivers the power to the driven wheels. It weighs a claimed 2085 kg at the kerb. Top stated speed is 200 km/h, which equates to 124 mph.

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Key facts

Ford Thunderbird, 1972 MY brief technical data

What body style?2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?5486 mm
How heavy?2085 kg
What size engine?7 litre, 7022 cm3
How many cylinders?8, V
How much power? 215 PS / 212 bhp / 158 kW @ 4400 rpm
How much torque? 443 Nm / 327 ft.lb / 45.2 kgm @ 2600 rpm
How fast?200 km/h, 124 mph

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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7542 cm3 197 PS 194 bhp 145 kW 2314 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7542 cm3 227 PS 224 bhp 167 kW 2314 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7542 cm3 226 PS 223 bhp 166 kW 2314 kg
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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7033 cm3 214 PS 211 bhp 157 kW 2150 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7542 cm3 211 PS 208 bhp 155 kW 2150 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 7542 cm3 215 PS 212 bhp 158 kW 2089 kg

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1972 Ford Thunderbird data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 3058 mm 120.4 inches
Track/tread (front) 1600 mm 63 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1602 mm 63.1 inches
Length 5486 mm 216 inches
Width 2014 mm 79.3 inches
Height 1323 mm 52.1 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.79
Kerb weight 2085 kg 4597 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 7 litre
7022 cc
(428.509 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 110.7 × 91.2 mm
4.36 × 3.59 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.21
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
215 PS (212 bhp) (158 kW)
at 4400 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
30.2 bhp/litre
0.49 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
443 Nm (327 ft·lb) (45.2 kgm)
at 2600 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
63.09 Nm/litre
0.76 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 8.5:1
Fuel system 1 Au carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 792.8 kPa (115 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 877.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter
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 200 km/h (124 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 103.09 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
75.82 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
101.68 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 13.19 kg/kW
22.03 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 I.W.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension LA.RA.ARB.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.75
general
Carfolio.com ID68937
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 60.8
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1972 Ford Thunderbird added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.