Danbury Mint 1:24 1964 Thunderbird: Fly Ford

Jul 24, 2011 4 Comments by

In 1964, the Ford Thunderbird was a powerful personal luxury car, with standard engine displacement that started at 390 cubes. Depending on the carburetor and intake, the Ford FE “Y-Block” motor made either 300 or 330 horsepower – more than up to the task of hauling the freshly redesigned ‘bird with surprising alacrity. For serious leadfooting, the 427 was an option, in either 410 horsepower (single carb) or a dual-quad, 425 horse (wink, wink) “R” code trim.

The lion’s share of the T’bird coupes sold that year – 60, 552, if you’re counting – had the 390, and that’s the motor that Danbury’s neat Burgundy poly sample is equipped with. It’s a great color for the car, with a dead even metallic that plays along the model’s lines under the lights. Foil badges are at the fenders, on the C pillar, and set into the taillights, with the knockout punch being the block-lettered “THUNDERBIRD” across the nose. These trick, locked-down decos have black centered letters which rise above the finish to a scale correct height. Below these, great lensing, including amber “bulbs” in the directional/parking lamps, is set into flawless chrome bezels – an effect that’s played out again at the car’s rear.

The engine is awash in wiring, cabling, and well-set decals. Some of the looms play across inner wheel wells and along the firewall, connecting all manner of vacuum tanks, reservoirs, and such; every now and then, elements jump over to the gold-toned motor to terminate in an accessory, or disappear beneath the air cleaner. The black painted metal chassis is sharp, too, and complete to the brake and fuel lines.

Inside, the seat backs tilt, the console opens, and the steering wheel swivels to the side – a neat replication of the “Swing-Away” mechanism that’s set into a fully detailed, heavily gauged dash. Favorite details here: the thin shift handle and directional stalks on the column, and the aircraft-themed, wraparound center stack; go into the trunk for a multi-piece printed mat and a booted, removable spare.

Overall, the car’s an outstanding piece, with great build quality and so many levels of detail it’s almost too much to take in. The good news is, you can take your time. Highly recommended.


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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.

4 Responses to “Danbury Mint 1:24 1964 Thunderbird: Fly Ford”

  1. Andrew Blackmore says:

    Do know of any 64 thunderbird models available we are in the uk and have a full size car and would like a danbury mint or similar Thank you Andrew

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hello, Andrew –

      Thanks for checking out our site. Danbury Mint does make a very nice model of the 1964 Thunderbird, which we reviewed on this site in 2011.

      To see the article, search “Thunderbird” on the DCXmag.com home page.

      The model is most probably available on the secondary market; search around. Thanks again for stopping in – and good luck!

  2. LAnce Zytnowski says:

    My father actually had this car. I would love to find this model. If you know anywhere i can purchase this one I would love to know where thank you

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hi, Lance!

      Your best bet, these days, is to check eBay or a similar site for these cars. It’s a great time to buy, too.

      Please let us know how you make out – and thanks for reading DCX!

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