Ford Thunderbird Italien Fastback 

  • built in USA
  • 1963
  • 300 HP 5.8L
The Italien recently received a complete, original, rotisserie restoration by Duluthian Thunderbird restorer Tom Maruska and was just completed in August 2007.
At their upcoming Auction Barrett Jackson will offer the only Thunderbird Italien Fastback, below is an excerpt from the auction catalogue.

Data points Key details of the Ford Thunderbird Italien Fastback


Thunderbird Italien Fastback
300 HP
987 HP
750 HP


Thunderbird Italien Fastback
381 ft-lb
922 ft-lb

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Ford Thunderbird Italien Fastback
The Thunderbird Italien was a styling study from Ford's own Thunderbird styling department and was designed by Fords own Thunderbird Stylists who actually built the plywood buck over which they sculpted the clay model of the roof in their own studio and then gave the car to DST where Vince Gardner made the one piece plaster cast over the clay from which he made the fiberglass roof and deck lid.
Car designer/builder Vince Gardner constructed the Italien while working for Dearborn Steel Tubing Co., Ford's outsourcing contractor.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Ford
Year 1963
Highest auction price $660k, January 2008


Gearing Traditional
# of gears 3 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

power & handling

Maximum hp 300 HP @ 4,600 RPM
Maximum torque 381 ft-lb @ 2,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 5,768 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 9.6:1
Bore/stroke 4 in / 3.5 in
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