Interior Trim
1959
Automotive Mileposts
Thunderbird script 1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible interior shown in Tan Leather
Thunderbird script
Thunderbird script
Thunderbird script
Genuine Leather Bolsters and Inserts were optionally available for the first time in 1959, in a choice of 4 colors: Tan, Turquoise, Red, or Black.
VINYL BOLSTERS AND NYLON CHECK FABRIC INSERTS WITH SILVER STRANDS

TRIM CODE

1X
2X
3X
4X

COLOR BOLSTERS/INSERTS

Dark Blue/Light Blue
Dark Green/Light Green
Turquoise/Turquoise
Black/Black & White

Turquoise and White Vinyl Interior (trim code 7X)
Turquoise and White Vinyl Interior (code 7X)

The cloth upholstery pattern for 1959 featured a small check design with small silver strands running through it. A silver tinsel welt separates the seat bolsters from the inserts. Instrument panel, console, and carpeting match bolster color.
VINYL BOLSTERS AND INSERTS

TRIM CODE

5X
6X
7X
8X
9X
5Y

COLOR BOLSTERS/INSERTS

Dark Blue/Light Blue
Dark Green/White
Turquoise/White
Black/White
Red/White
Tan/White

Red and White Vinyl Interior (trim code 9X)
Red and White Vinyl Interior (code 9X)
Note the gentleman in the rear seat is demonstrating the Power Lift Window Controls to the young lady up front

The all-vinyl interiors featured horizontal pleats on the seat inserts, and a silver tinsel welt that separates the bolsters from the inserts. Instrument panel, console, and carpeting match bolster color.
GENUINE LEATHER BOLSTERS AND INSERTS

TRIM CODE

1Y
2Y
3Y
4Y

COLOR BOLSTERS/INSERTS

Black/Black
Tan/Tan
Turquoise/Turquoise
Red/Red

Tan Leather Interior (trim code 2Y)
Tan Leather Interior (code 2Y)
"Henry, your Dog Fido had better not be scratching my new optional leather upholstery."

Thunderbirds that featured the new for 1959 optional leather trim differed from the cloth and vinyl combination and all-vinyl interiors in that the seats, door trim panels, and the rear quarter side trim panels did not have a contrasting color on them. (The contrasting color would match the seat inserts on the other interiors). A silver tinsel welt separated the seat bolsters from the inserts.
1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible in Flamingo Pink with White Convertible Top
1959 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
in Flamingo Pink with a White Convertible Top.
The power-operated soft top disappears completely...
the effect is, in a word, spectacular.
CONVERTIBLE TOP COLORS

TOP CODE

1
4
5
6
7
8
9

TOP COLOR/LINING COLOR/FRAME COLOR

Black Rayon/Black/Black
Light Blue Vinyl/Blue/Blue
Turquoise Vinyl/Turquoise/Turquoise
White Vinyl/Black/Black
White Vinyl/Turquoise/Turquoise
White Vinyl/Blue/Blue
White Vinyl/Tan/Tan

Depending on the exterior/interior color combination, or possibly for other reasons, a few 1959 convertibles have top frames that match the color of the seat bolsters. This seems to be the exception, rather than the rule. This would be the last year any color other than black would be offered for the top lining or frame.

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