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Standard Equipment
1962
Thunderbird - unique in all the world
1962 Ford Thunderbird Hardtop
RIGHT: 1962 Thunderbird Hardtop
shown in Diamond Blue
Thunderbird 390 Special V-8 Engine (300 Horsepower)
Cruise-O-Matic Drive
Power Steering
Power Brakes
2-Speed Electric Windshield Wipers
Lifeguard Padded Instrument Panel
Cushioned Sun Visors
Seat Belt Anchors
Double-Grip Door Locks
Safety Swivel Day-Nite Type Inside Rearview Mirror
Deep-Center Steering Wheel with Horn Ring
Manually Adjustable Individual Front Seats
Electric Clock with Sweep Second Hand
Automatic Dome Light (Hardtop and Landau) and
  Courtesy-Map Light (All Models)
Glove Box and Ash Tray Lights
Cigarette Lighter
Coat Hooks
Trunk Light
Dual Horns
Turn Signals
Backup Lights
Full Wheel Covers (Hardtop, Landau and Convertible)
Fully Lined Luggage Compartment
Swing-Away Steering Wheel (Added as standard early
  in production, but very early examples list it as optional)

Removable Tonneau Cover (Sports Roadster only)
Chrome Wire Wheels with Knock-Off
  Spinners (Sports Roadster only)
Passenger Assist Bar with Color-Keyed Vinyl
  Insert (Sports Roadster only)
Vinyl Roof (Landau only)
Floating Mirror
Introduced as standard equipment in 1961, Thunderbird's rear view mirror "floats" in space...base is permanently bonded to the windshield—yet another Thunderbird first!
Swing-Away Steering Wheel
The Swing-Away Steering Wheel moves over nearly 10 inches to the right to give driver luxurious ease of entry. Initially optional on early production units, this popular feature became standard shortly after production began, and would remain standard on all Thunderbirds through the 1966 model year.

For 1967, a new Tilt-Away Steering Wheel was introduced, which moved up and over to the right automatically when the driver's door was opened, and offered 9 up-and-down tilt angles for driving comfort. It would be standard for one year only, then move to the options list for 1968 and 1969, after which it would be discontinued in favor of manual tilt steering wheels. This was mainly due to the introduction of steering column-mounted ignitions for 1970, an effective anti-theft item which locked the steering wheel and transmission shift lever when the key was removed.


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