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One-Owner 2003 Ford Thunderbird Could Be Yours For $16,500

In the early 2000s, Ford made one of its very first retro-styles cars in the form of the 2003 Ford Thunderbird that was meant to be reminiscent of the first-gen Thunderbird of the ’50s. The car wasn’t made for many model years before Ford discontinued it. This example appears to be in near perfect condition.

According to the seller, it was owned by one family since it was new. The car has 50,000 actual miles on the odometer. The original owner died in 2017 and left the car to his son. The 2003 Ford Thunderbird is whisper white on the outside with torch red and black interior. It has a hardtop and was garage kept.

It was recently serviced and comes with the original window sticker, all factory manuals, new tires, and fresh service. The portal hardtop looks fantastic, and it’s unclear if the car has a soft top as well. Other features include automatic AC, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a nice sound system.

The Thunderbird had a 3.9-liter V8 engine paired up with a 5-speed automatic. It made 280 horsepower and 283 pound-feet of torque. The car was rear-wheel drive and included ABS and traction control. They were expensive cars at the time with a price starting at $36,815. the hardtop was a $2,500 option.

Worth noting is that in 2003, the car appeared in the James Bond flick “Die Another Day” and to celebrate that a special 007 edition was offered that was limited to 700 units. It does appear that this car has the partial color accent package that gave it color inserts in the seats, steering wheel, and shifter. The car is for sale on Hemmings in a classified ad from a dealer for $16,500.

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Source: Hemmings

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. Skip Panowitz

    They were all convertibles. There is an attached power soft top retracted under the hardtop stored in a well when the hardtop is in place. Many are exclusively convertibles as the buyer/dealer did not order a hardtop. This model is a deluxe which had less standard equipment than the higher level Premium.

    1. Skip Panowitz

      This does appear to be a well cared for and maintained car. It has the desirable partial accent interior, the charcoal and red version in this case, which is a somewhat rare option on Deluxe models. Most of the major differences between the Premium and Deluxe models was equipment that was standard and options available. More items became standard as newer models were introduced. Most basic items were the same or standard on both models i.e. engine, transmission, typical power equipment, power top, etc. The “retro” TBirds were produced for the 2002-05 model years.

  2. Mark Masten

    The 2003 007 Edition was limited to 700 units, not 100.

    1. Shane McGlaun

      Correct, I mistyped that!


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