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  • The touching story of a Thunderbird Special Landau from its delivery as a new car to its discovery in a salvage ten years later.

    Gateway Classic Cars of Orlando is proud to present this beautiful and rare Ford Thunderbird Special Landau. This is actually a special 10th anniversary.

    Ford Thunderbird Special Landau - again modified Thunderbird was presented for this model year.A 3-speed dual-range automatic transmission was .

    Call our Orlando Florida showroom today at or email us at Orlando gatewayclassiccars. The body looks very solid on this car with the exception of the rocker panels, and a some light surface rust where the paint has been chipped like this when I bought it. I went to a different school, and lost touch with my old friends, including Craig. The interior is in really good shape.

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    I first saw it in early June of The weather outside was beautiful, as yet not too hot in the lower midwest. Almost seven years old, and just out of school for the summer, each day seemed especially exciting to me. My Mother had arranged for my younger Brother and I to each spend the day at the homes of our respective friends.

    She was a member of the local Garden Club, and had a luncheon to attend that day. It had a white top and a red leather interior. Since Mom had visited the beauty parlor the previous day in preparation for the luncheon, the top was up and so were the windows.

    We kept our cool by SelectAire, a wonderful invention. The adjustable chrome vents of the unit directed fresh cool air where needed throughout the car. We dropped off my Brother first, his friend living just down the street. Mom walked him to the door, and spoke to his friends' Mother briefly. The drive to Craig's house, my friend, would not be much longer as he lived just a block away. After exchanging polite conversation, Mom drove off in her Thunderbird. Craig's Mother would be serving lunch soon, and she suggested we go outside and play in the backyard for a little while.

    The neighborhood was upper middle class, with the houses sitting on oversized lots. About ten years old, the neighborhood was very nice, with beautifully maintained homes and mature landscaping.

    Craig's backyard was good sized, with a six to eight foot tall hedge separating his yard from the neighbor's yards on all sides. The hedge was very dense at the top, blocking the view completely. But you could see through it in places closer to the bottom, where small gaps between the individual plants remained. I was chasing after a ball that had hit the hedge and landed. The house next door to the east was white brick, and had a driveway that ran from the street down the west end of the lot, curving to the east behind the house.

    There was enough space on the driveway for about four cars to sit in pairs in front of the two car garage. A large patio, partially covered, separated the house from the driveway.

    The backyard was located across the driveway from the patio. This house sat further back from the street, and had a much smaller backyard than Craig's, but the front yard was larger. The driveway extended slightly past the curve, which allowed a car to be backed out of the garage, and turned around so it could be driven straight down the driveway to the street.

    From my vantage point, I was looking east straight into the garage next door. The double door to the garage was open, and sitting inside the garage—right in the middle—was a Thunderbird! I noticed a very nicely dressed older lady emerge from the darkness of the garage. It was about noon, and the sun overhead lit up the driveway, but left the interior of the garage somewhat dark.

    The lady was carrying a large watering can, and set about watering flowers that were potted and placed around her patio. Craig was yelling at me to throw the ball, but I wanted to look at the car. I threw the ball back to Craig, and peeked under the hedge again.

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