390 Cubic Inch Thunderbird Special V-8 (315 Horsepower)
SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic Drive New for '67
Unipane Side Glass New for '67
Lighted Ignition Switch
Individually-Adjustable Front Bucket Seats
Center Console with Lighted Ash Tray and
Tilt-Away Steering Wheel New for '67
Comfort Stream Ventilation System New for '67
Suspended Accelerator Pedal New for '67
Lighted Glove Box
Instrument Panel Courtesy Light
Courtesy Door Lights
Levant Grain Vinyl Roof (Landau models)
Sliding Quarter Windows (Two door models) New for '67
Interior Rear Quarter Courtesy Lights
Power Front Disc Brakes
Rear Center Folding Arm Rest
Sequential Turn Signals
Lined and Lighted Trunk
Complete Underbody Soundcoating
Full Wheel Covers
Retractable Headlamps New for '67 [Learn more about
Concealed Headlamps at AUTO BREVITY]
Dual Hydraulic Brake System with Warning Light New for '67
Padded Windshield Pillars New for '67
Padded Instrument Panel and Sun Visors
Impact-Absorbing Steering Wheel with Deep Padded
Hub New for '67
Turn Indicators with Lane Changing Signal New for '67
4-Way Emergency Flasher
Deluxe Front and Rear Seat Belts with Reminder Light and
Non-Glare, Day-Night Inside Mirror with Flexible
Backing New for '67
Remote Control Outside Rear View Mirror
Safety-Yoke Door Latches
Positive Door Lock Buttons New for '67
Variable Speed Windshield Wipers
Standard Tilt-Away Steering Wheel appears for first time in 1967, replacing the Swing-Away Steering Wheel used from 1961-1966; Tilt-Away tilts to 9 different positions for driving comfort, as well as moves up and over to the right automatically when driver's door is opened. Became optional for 1968 and 1969 model years.
A standard tilt-type steering wheel was optional from 1970 on, but it did not include the automatic pop-over feature.
Thunderbird's Retractable Headlamps were new for 1967; hinged grill doors silently fold up to reveal the Bird's beams for night flights. Hidden headlamps were all the rage in 1967, as virtually every personal luxury car came equipped with them as standard equipment, including the Cadillac Eldorado, Buick Riviera, and Oldsmobile Toronado. Mercury's new upscale Cougar also featured them as standard equipment.
|Ever get the feeling you were being followed? If you're driving a
1967 Thunderbird, it's just the Sequential Rear Taillight Turn Signals
pointing the direction you want to go with a ripple of light. Others naturally
just want to watch.
The light show is made possible by a cam, which is driven by a small electrical motor. The cam is staggered to make the contacts for the three rear light bulbs illuminate in sequence as it rotates. A complicated relay determines whether the right or left lights should sequence, depending on the direction of the turn.
The light bulbs themselves are hidden behind the center panel of the tail lamp assembly, which causes the lens to "glow" with reflected light, similar to an afterburner on a jet.
Standard back-up lights are hidden behind the outboard section of the Thunderbird emblem wingspan at each end of the tail lamp assembly. Clear lenses allow the bulbs to emit a clear light to the rear of the car when the transmission selector lever is in the reverse position.
When working properly, it's a spectacular show to view from behind!
|Photo courtesy of John Ryan
Thunderbird's trend-setting front bucket seats and console would make their last appearance as part of the standard equipment list in 1967; from 1968 thru the early seventies, they would be available, but only at additional cost.
1967 would be the last year for the full-length console on Tudor models, as later models would feature a shorter console to allow for more rear leg room. Fordor models in 1967 featured the shorter console to accommodate a center rear passenger.
|Photo courtesy of John Ryan
Ford didn't skimp on the luggage compartment, either. Fully lined and automatically lit, it offered 11.7 cubic feet of volume, so the whole family can vacation without feeling cramped or leaving things behind. Spare tire is stowed on shelf out of the way, but it can be hard to access on the hopefully rare occasions when you need to change a tire.
This one has been properly outfitted with fire extinguisher and shop manual.
The jack assembly (not shown) is concealed behind a panel on the right. The sequential signal motor and relay assembly is hidden behind the panel that juts out into the trunk on the left quarter panel (shown above).