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1978 Ford Thunderbird
Diamond Jubilee Edition

One of two models built to commemorate Ford's 75th Anniversary

DIAMOND JUBILEE EDITION AT A GLANCE:

Years Available: 1978 only
Introduction Date: October 7, 1977
Body Color Code: 3E - Diamond Blue Metallic
     5Y - Ember Metallic
     86 - Pastel Beige (March 1, 1978 introduction)
     9D - Polar White (March 1, 1978 introduction)
Paint Stripe Code: 3429-A - Light Blue (Polar White Paint with Diamond Blue vinyl roof)
     5068-A - Blue (Diamond Blue paint)
     5204-A - Orange (Pastel Beige or Polar White paint with Ember vinyl roof)
     5620-A - Light Chamois (with Ember paint)
Vinyl Roof Code: YC - Ember Valino Grain Padded Vinyl Roof (with Ember, Pastel Beige, or Polar White paint)
     Y2 - Diamond Blue Valino Grain Padded Vinyl Roof (with Diamond Blue or Polar White paint)
Interior Trim Code: TB - Diamond Blue Luxury Cloth
     TT - Chamois Luxury Cloth
     SB - Diamond Blue Ultra Soft Leather and Vinyl (optional; late introduction)
     ST - Chamois Ultra Soft Leather and Vinyl (optional; late introduction)
Price: $10,106.00
Production: 18,994 (production by color being researched)

1978 Ford Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition in Diamond Blue

Built to help celebrate Ford Motor Company's 75th Anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee Edition was the best equipped, most luxurious Thunderbird ever, and the ultimate Thunderbird for 1978. The list of standard features is provided below left, and rivals that of any luxury car in 1978, regardless of make, model, or cost. In fact, the list was so complete that there were initially just 6 options available. Later, with the introduction of leather seating surfaces, 7 were available.

Ford built just one other car to celebrate its anniversary in 1978, and that was the Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition. As with the Thunderbird, the Mark V version was also available only in limited color schemes, and were said to be the best equipped car in standard form in Lincoln's history. The Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition cars featured front bucket seats and console in standard form, which were pioneered by Thunderbird back in 1958.

1978 would set a new Thunderbird sales record for the second time in as many years, and there's no doubt that the Diamond Jubilee Edition cars contributed to the strong sales. Today, these cars are still highly revered among collectors, and many original examples in good condition still exist. These cars are somewhat prone to rust in all the usual places, and some of the special trim pieces used on these cars can be difficult to find, but engine, drive train, electrical, and body parts are in good supply, which makes these cars very restorable today.

DIAMOND JUBILEE EDITION STANDARD FEATURES:

5.0 Litre (302 CID) 2V V-8 Engine*
DuraSpark Ignition System
Select Shift Automatic Transmission
Formal Padded Valino-Grain Vinyl Roof
Opera Windows with Diamond Jubilee Edition Script [image link opens in new window]
Wide Color-Keyed Vinyl-Insert Bodyside Moldings
Partial Wheel Lip Moldings
Hand Stitched Leather Covered Instrument Panel Pad
36 Ounce Interior Carpeting
22K Gold Finish Owner Nameplate [image link opens in new window]
Seat Belt Reminder Chime
Color-Keyed Pinstriping
Owner's Personalized Initials on Doors
Deluxe Bumper Group with Color-Keyed Front and Rear Bumper Rub Strips
Color-Keyed Cast Aluminum Wheels
Color-Keyed Grille Texture
Color-Keyed Jewel-Like Hood Ornament
Biscuit Sew Style Luxury Cloth Split Bench Seats
Thunderbird Ornamentation on Upper Seat Bolsters
Luxury Cloth Headlining
Color-Keyed Luggage Compartment Trim with Deck Lid Liner
Power Windows
6-Way Power Driver's Seat
Manual Passenger Side Recliner
Power Lock Group (Power Door Locks and Electric Deck Lid Release)
Illuminated Entry System
Driver and Passenger Illuminated Visor Vanity Mirrors
Front Seatback and Door Panel Assist Straps
Sports Instrumentation Cluster
Leather Wrapped Luxury Steering Wheel
Ebony Woodtone Interior Appliques
White Sidewall Radial Tires
AM/FM Stereo Search Radio
Power Antenna
Dual Remote Control Sport Mirrors
Unique Car Keys with Ebony Woodtone Accents
Front Cornering Lamps
Luxury Sound Insulation Package
SelectAire Conditioner (Manual control)
Tinted Glass
Interior Luxury Group—includes:
     Convenience Group (left and right-hand remote control mirrors,
          Interval Windshield Wipers, Automatic Parking Brake Release,
          and Trip Odometer
     Light Group (Dual Beam Map Lights, Lights under instrument panel,
          in glove compartment, ash tray, trunk and engine compartments,
          "Door Ajar" light in instrument cluster, "Headlights On" Warning Buzzer)
Tilt Steering Wheel

*6.6 Litre (400 CID) 2V V-8 Engine mandatory in California, with California Emission Equipment

1978 Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition Luxury Cloth Split Bench Seats

Above: Diamond Jubilee interior shown in Blue Luxury Cloth with Biscuit Sew Style

1978 Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition Formal Padded Valino-Grain Vinyl Roof

Above: Formal Padded Valino-Grain Vinyl Roof in Diamond Blue

1978 Ford Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition Opera Window

Above: Diamond Jubilee Edition Opera Window

1978 Ford Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition 22K Owner Nameplate

Above: 22K Gold Finish Owner's Nameplate

1978 Ford Thunderbird Diamond Jubilee Edition Owner's Initials

Above: Color-Keyed Pinstripping and Owner's Personalized Initials on Doors (additional striping material was provided for owners who did not want their intials on doors)