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Optional Equipment
Thunderbird script
Vinyl Roof ($137.43)
Cornering Lights ($43)
Deluxe Wheel Covers ($87.07)
White Sidewall Tires ($31.17)
Glamour Paint Option Group (Includes Hand-Rubbed Metallic
     Paint, Body and Hood Striping, Color-Keyed Wheel Covers,
     Silvery Landau "S" Bar Inserts When Vinyl Roof is Ordered)

Sure-Track Braking System ($189.30)
Power-Operated Sunroof (Vinyl Roof required) ($504.80)
Tinted Glass ($50.74)
Protection Group (Includes License Plate Frames, Door Edge
     Guards, Floormats)
Body Side Moulding with Vinyl Insert ($34.00)
460 Cubic Inch V-8 Engine (SelectAire Conditioner required)
Intermittent Windshield Wipers ($25.37)
Bumper Guards (Front and Rear) ($36.97)
Rocker Panel Mouldings ($26.00)
Spare Tire Cover ($6.32)
Leather with Vinyl Trim ($63.65)
High Back Split Bench Seat ($78.00) (Early production only,
     became standard during production run)

High Back Bucket Seats and Console ($75.97)
Power Side Windows ($129.60)
Fingertip Speed Control ($103.14)
Power Seat (6-Way Driver's Side) ($101.34)
Power Seat (6-Way Both Sides) ($201.67)
Power Lock Group (Includes Power Trunk Lid Release) ($59.45)
Power Radio Antenna ($30.17)
Automatic Seat Back Release ($25.90)
AM/FM Stereo Radio ($146.14)
Stereosonic Tape System with AM Radio ($146.14)
Trailer Towing Package (Includes Heavy Duty Suspension, Extra
     Cooling Package, Wiring Harness, High Ratio Axle, and
     Trailer Towing Decal)
Traction-Lok Differential ($47.71 without optional axle ratio; $60.33
     with optional axle ratio)
Heavy-Duty Suspension ($27.26)
Reclining Passenger Seat ($40)
Tilt Steering Wheel ($50.74)
Electric Rear Window Defroster ($81.91)
SelectAire Conditioner ($436.52)
SelectAire Conditioner with Automatic Temperature Control
Deluxe 3-Spoke Rim-Blow Steering Wheel ($37.99)
Deluxe Seat Belts ($35.94) ($17.00 early production)
Body Side Paint Stripes (Included with Glamour Paint Option
Power Trunk Lid Release (Included with Power Lock Group)
Dual Rear Seat Speakers (Included with AM/FM or Stereosonic
     Tape System
Convenience Group (Includes Low Fuel and Door Ajar Warning
     Lights; Lights On Warning Light and Buzzer, Dual Overhead
     Map Lights; and Engine Compartment Light
Turnpike Convenience Group (Includes Fingertip Speed Control,
     Reclining Passenger Seat, and Trip Odometer)
Outside Left Hand Remote Control Mirror ($13.00) (Early production
     only, became standard during production run)

Vinyl Roof (57,120)
Air Conditioning (57,278)
Power Seat (44,784)
Cornering Lights
Cornering Lights were standard in 1970 and 1971, but curiously returned to the options list for 1972. A steady beam of light automatically lights your way around corners whenever you signal for a turn.
Sure-Track Brake Control System
Sure-Track computerized brake control system, acts quicker than driver, "reads" the road for skid conditions, and automatically brings the car to a straighter, controlled stop.
Tilt Steering Wheel/Fingertip Speed Control
Tilt Steering Wheel and Fingertip Speed Control, two separate options shown above. Both create a more relaxed environment while underway. The speed control is also part of the Turnpike Convenience Group.
Electric Rear Window Defroster
Electric Rear Window Defroster has elements in the glass that gently warm the window to keep it clear. Light on instrument panel reminds driver when system is on.
Driver's Control Console Driver's Control Console, on left door armrest places important controls at your fingertips. Shown, top to bottom:

< Remote Mirror Control (optional in early production)

< Seat Cushion Tilt Switches (optional)

< 6-Way Power Seat Control (optional)

< Power Side Window Controls (optional)

< Power Window Lock (part of power window option)

The Power Door Lock control, when equipped, was located on this console (shown at left) in previous models, but was made a part of the door lock plunger for the 1972 models only. Pushing down on either front door lock plunger locked both doors; pulling up on either plunger unlocked both doors. Somewhat awkward due to its location, the control returned to the door armrest console in 1973.
Power-Operated Sunroof, shown at right, was the closest you could get to that wind in your hair convertible feeling in 1972. Touch a switch to let the sunshine in, touch again for weathertight comfort. A rare and very expensive option, cars equipped with this option were shipped from the factory to American Sunroof Corporation for installation, and are highly desirable today. 1972 Thunderbirds with factory sunroofs are sought out over similar cars without a sunroof.
Power-Operated Sunroof The sunroof was about to replace the convertible for those who wanted an open air feature on their cars. 1972 would be the final year for a convertible model in the Ford Galaxie 500/LTD lineup, and the once popular Mustang Convertible would make its final appearance in 1973.

GM would continue to build convertibles in most divisions through 1975, and the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado would close out the chapter for GM.

The convertible would make a comeback in the 1980s, and the Thunderbird Convertible would return in 2002.

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