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Standard Equipment
1968 Thunderbird
Thunderbird 390 Special V-8 Engine (315 Horsepower) (Not
   available after January 1, 1968; Thunder Jet 429 made
   standard on that date.)

SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic Drive
Unipane Side Glass
Reversible Keys
Keyless Locking
Lighted Ignition Switch
Full-Width Three-Passenger Front Seat New for '68
Power Steering
AM Radio
Electric Clock
MagicAire Heater-Defroster
Comfort-Stream Ventilation System
Suspended Accelerator Pedal
Lighted Glove Box
Map Light
Instrument Panel Courtesy Light
Interior Rear Courtesy Lights
Power Front Disc Brakes
Sequential Turn Signals
Lined and Lighted Trunk
Underbody Soundcoating
Full Wheel Covers
Dual Hydraulic Brake System with Warning Light
Front and Rear Seatbelts with Front Outboard Retractors
Floating Day/Night Yield-Away Rearview Mirror
Energy Absorbing Instrument Panel
Padded Safety Sun Visors
Padded Windshield Pillars
Positive Door Lock Buttons
4-Way Emergency Flasher
Backup Lights
Front Side Marker Lights/Rear Side Reflectors
Self-Locking Folding Seats
Shoulder Belts for Front Outboard Passengers (Optional
   until January 1, 1968)

Remote Control Driver's Outside Rearview Mirror
Corrosion-Resistant Brake Lines
Retractable Headlight Doors
Sequential Turn Signal Instrument Panel Indicator (Early
   production models only)
Mouse over photo below for Retractable Headlamp Door demonstration.
The headlamp doors are vacuum operated, and normally may be cycled once or twice with engine off.
Retractable Headlamp Doors
During daylight hours the headlights are completely covered, and the design of the grille is unbroken. The headlight switch retracts the doors and turns on the lights for night running.
SelectShift Automatic Transmission
Thunderbird's SelectShift Automatic Transmission was one of the best in the industry; may be shifted either manually or fully automatic.
Instrument panel turn indicators operate sequentially on early production modelsEarly production 1968 Thunderbirds (built before mid-November 1967) featured sequentially flashing instrument panel indicators that duplicated the rear turn signal pattern. This feature was eliminated from production early in the year, and a TSB (TSB 97 - 1/26/68 - Article 1268) was released to retrofit the early cars with new components, which makes unaltered cars rare today. The retrofit and later models utilized the right and left outboard turn signal segments to indicate turns, with the center segment not used at all. Note the Thunderbird emblem just below the signal indicator, which illuminated in red to indicate use of high beam headlights.
Variable Speed Hydraulic Windshield Wipers feature tandem operationFor the first time ever, Thunderbird's windshield wipers operated in tandem. This was to provide a wider wiped area in the center section of the windshield, to comply with new Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The wipers themselves continued to operate hydraulically, offering about 10 speeds, from very slow to very fast. Comfort Stream Ventilation System - Rear Vent detail
The Rear Vent was part of the Comfort Stream Ventilation System. This system provided a continuous flow of fresh air into the car, while exhausting stale air. It worked with the windows up to eliminate noise and drafts.

Note the smaller set of vents near the inside center of window. These are the air outlet vents for the optional Rear Window Defogger. They are included on all rear package trays, but do not function unless the car is equipped with the optional defogger.


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