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Interior Trim
1965 THUNDERBIRD

The Private World of Thunderbird for 1965 included
soft all-vinyl, Pompeii cloth and vinyl, or
genuine leather interior trim.
Red Vinyl interior trim Light Blue Metallic Vinyl interior trim
HOW TO IDENTIFY CARS WITH RECLINING SEATS:

Note the difference in the front passenger seat upper seat back section; the red interior is the standard seat, the blue interior features the Reclining Passenger Seat option. The upper section of the reclining seat back raises up to become a head rest. The chrome lever on the outboard side of the seat when lifted releases a latch in the seat back that allows it to recline. Assist springs return the seat back to an upright position when there is no pressure on it.

For obvious reasons, the reclining seat was only factory installed on the passenger side.
Red Vinyl Trim (code 25)
Shown in Convertible
Light Blue Metallic Vinyl (code 52)
Shown in Landau
 
ALL-VINYL BOLSTERS AND INSERTS
TRIM CODE

20/50

21/51
22/52
23/53
24/54
25/55
26/56
27/57
28/58
29/59
G2/P2
G3/P3
G4/P4
G5/P5
G6/P6
G7/P7
G8/P8
G9/P9
7D/XD
COLOR (All Bolsters and Inserts Match)

White Pearl Vinyl with Black appointments (Listed in shop
     manual; not used in production)

Light Silver Blue Metallic (Gray) with Dark Gray appointments
Light Blue Metallic with Dark Blue appointments
Burgundy
Light Beige Metallic with Medium Beige appointments
Red with Burgundy appointments
Black
Light Turquoise Metallic with Dark Turquoise appointments
Light Ivy Gold Metallic with Dark Ivy Gold appointments
Medium Palomino with Brown appointments
White Pearl with Light Blue appointments
White Pearl with Burgundy appointments
White Pearl with Light Beige appointments
White Pearl with Red appointments
White Pearl with Black and White appointments
White Pearl with Aqua (Light Turquoise) appointments
White Pearl with Light Ivy Gold appointments
White Pearl with Medium Palomino appointments
Parchment with Emberglo appointments (Available on Special Landau model only)
Note: Trim codes listed above in bold denote Reclining Passenger Seat with Adjustable Headrest option.

Appointments include: Radio speaker grille, top section of padded instrument panel, "coved" section of instrument panel, bucket seat backs, bucket seat cushion and track side shields, and carpeting. There are, of course, exceptions to this, and when we are able to determine a pattern to those exceptions, it will be noted in the space below.

Exception 1: Red with Burgundy appointments interiors (codes 25 and 55) have bucket seat components and carpeting in red, instead of the darker Burgundy shade.
VINYL BOLSTERS WITH POMPEII-PATTERN CLOTH INSERTS
TRIM CODE

12/42
16/46
19/49
COLOR (All Bolsters and Inserts Match) [View Light Blue Pompeii Cloth detail]

Light Blue (Medium Blue is listed as cloth color, but it matches the vinyl)
Black
Medium Palomino
Note: Trim codes listed above in bold denote Reclining Passenger Seat with Adjustable Headrest option.
ALL-LEATHER BOLSTERS AND INSERTS
TRIM CODE

30/60

32/62
33/63
35/65
36/66
39/69
H2/Q2
H3/Q3
H4/Q4
H5/Q5
H6/Q6
H7/Q7
H8/Q8
H9/Q9
COLOR (All Bolsters and Inserts Match)

White Pearl Leather with Black appointments (Listed in shop
     manual; not used in production)

Light Blue (Low Metallic) with Dark Blue appointments
Burgundy
Red with Burgundy appointments
Black
Medium Palomino (Leather Print)
White Pearl with Light Blue appointments
White Pearl with Burgundy appointments
White Pearl with Light Beige appointments
White Pearl with Red appointments
White Pearl with Black and White appointments
White Pearl with Aqua (Light Turquoise) appointments
White Pearl with Ivy Gold appointments
White Pearl with Medium Palomino appointments
Note: Trim codes listed above in bold denote Reclining Passenger Seat with Adjustable Headrest option.

White Pearl interiors differ from all other interiors in the fact that the door trim panels do not have carpeting on the bottom section. This is due to the wide variety of appointment colors used with white pearl. These door panels feature white pearl vinyl in the lower area. For additional information, refer to 1964, 1965, and 1966 Ford Thunderbird Door Trim Panels and Instrument Panels.
1965 Ford Thunderbird Convertible in Rangoon Red with White Top
What a show off! 1965 Thunderbird Convertible in Rangoon Red paint (code J)
shown above with a White (code 2) convertible top. As you can see, raising and lowering the top is a real chore!
CONVERTIBLE TOP COLORS
TOP CODE

1
2
3
4
TOP COLOR/(AVAILABILITY)

Black (Available with all interior and exterior color combinations)
White (Available with all interior and exterior color combinations)
Tan* (Special Order)
Dark Blue**
Note: Convertible top lining and frame are black, and a new Roof Bow Courtesy Light appears for the first time.

*Tan is available only with Medium Palomino, Light Beige, White Pearl with Medium Palomino, or White Pearl with Light Beige interiors, teamed with Pastel Yellow, Wimbledon White, Prairie Bronze, Navaho Beige, or Chantilly Beige exterior colors.

**Dark Blue is available only with Light Blue or White Pearl with Light Blue interiors.
Detail of Thunderbird Landau Brown Vinyl Roof
Rare Brown Vinyl Roof (code C) shown above with Medium Palomino interior.
Very few Thunderbirds of this era were equipped with this color vinyl roof, making them quite rare!
LANDAU VINYL ROOF COLORS
ROOF CODE

A
B
C
D
H
COLOR/(AVAILABILITY)

Black (Available with all interior and exterior color combinations)
White (Available with all interior and exterior color combinations)
Brown* (Dark)
Blue** (Dark)
Parchment (Light Beige) (Available only on Special Landau model)
The vinyl roof covering for 1965 was the same long-grained vinyl introduced in 1962, commonly referred to as Cobra vinyl. 1965 would be the first time the S-Bars on the roof would have color-keyed inserts that matched the vinyl roof color. This would be the last year for this pattern of vinyl to be used on the Thunderbird.

*Brown available only with Light Beige, Medium Palomino, White Pearl with Light Beige, or White Pearl with Medium Palomino interiors.

**Blue available only with Light Blue, or White Pearl with Light Blue interiors.


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