|With a touch of the driver's door-mounted switch, Thunderbird's automatic
top lowers itself into the luggage compartment. There's no boot to attach,
you don't even leave the driver's seat!
Thunderbird 390 Special V-8 Engine (300
Horsepower) New for '61
Cruise-O-Matic Drive New for '61
Power Steering New for '61
Power Brakes New for '61
2-Speed Electric Windshield Wipers New for '61
Lifeguard Padded Instrument Panel
Cushioned Sun Visors
Seat Belt Anchors
Double-Grip Door Locks
Safety-Swivel Day-Nite Type Inside Rearview
Mirror (Bonded to windshield) New for '61
Deep-Center Steering Wheel with Horn Ring
Manually-Adjustable Individual Front Seats
Electric Clock with Sweep Second Hand
Automatic Dome Light (Hardtop) and Courtesy-Map
Light (All Models)
Glove Box and Ash Tray Lights New for '61 (Glove
Trunk Light New for '61
Backup Lights New for '61
Full Wheel Covers New for '61
Fully-Lined Luggage Compartment
Note: New for '61 indicates equipment previously available as optional, or new items introduced as standard for 1961.
Floating Mirror mounts directly to windshield, features day-night adjustment.
Glove Compartment is located in console between seats, is lockable and lit. Lighted ash tray and cigarette lighter are just in front. Console is 25 percent smaller for 1961, making it easier to move from one side of the car to the other.
Full Wheel Covers are standard for the first time in 1961. Hardtop above is shown in Corinthian White.
|Padded Instrument Panel was a masterpiece of design. Notice how the ends curve around to provide
both driver and passenger with a feeling of individual space.
Radio and optional MagicAire controls are located at center, within easy reach of either front seat passenger. Courtesy/map light is located just below the radio.
Designers worked many long hours with clay molds to ensure the ribbed anodized aluminum trim on the console and panels looked right. Interior above is shown in Medium Blue Metallic. (Note that the instrument panel and tops of door trim panels are a darker shade of blue to provide contrast.)
|Luggage Compartment provided adequate capacity for long trips, especially in Hardtop model
The Convertible had less space available, due to the power top components located in this area, and was somewhat difficult to load and unload due to the deck lid being hinged at the rear.
The jack assembly was concealed behind a hinged flap on the left side, and luggage compartment was fully lined and automatically lit on both models.