- Photos: Stratas Auctions

This 1963 Ford Thunderbird is a custom restomod done right

Lowrider style and attention to detail executed with a hint of restraint has helped transform this beauty into a truly stunning custom car.

42w ago

Sometimes when you modify a car to an extensive degree you can run the risk of going over the top, while other times you can actually come up with something really rather special, and this 1963 Ford Thunderbird you see here is a clear example of the latter as it is a shining example of how to do a restomod right.

And, right now, it could be yours as although the car was being auctioned off just over a week ago with Stratas Auctions, the car went unsold after only four bids were placed and it (presumably) failed to reach its reserve.

Those four bidders' loss could be your gain if you were to make a good offer on this beauty that perfectly executes the restomod thought process with some tastefully-executed lowrider style.

Located in Southern California which has long been a car-modding hotspot, the seller of this car originally bought it off its second owner in Perris, CA who had owned it since 1965. Being drawn to it by its low-slung design and details such as the strong character line running all the way from the headlights to the fins at the rear, the seller figured it would be the perfect canvas for a custom build.

First, the car was sent off to Starlite Rod and Kustom in Harbor City, CA which spent four years meticulously transforming it into what you see here today, and although the 390ci (6.4-litre) V8 under the bonnet remained in stock configuration, just about every other component was tastefully reworked.

Visually, the Thunderbird wows with its Kiwi Green paint and dark green Freeway Scallops, both of which have plenty of metal flake in them to help it really pop, before Malex Pinstriping finished it off with some fine brush lines to tie it all together.

Inside, Chuy's Auto Interior in Carson, CA was commissioned to trim it with an interior that brought the outside in which the company clearly nailed thanks to the retro green seating and carpeting, along with some Kiwi Green highlights.

Not only helping to give it an aggressive stance but also to make it more usable and comfortable as well, one of the key modifications fitted to the car is an Accuair air suspension system which not only allows it to ride low but also smoothly.

And that is something that's important as this car was never built to be a mere static display, but rather for something the seller could drive around as much as possible – something they certainly did by not only showing it at numerous car events across the US, but also even internationally as it had the honour of being displayed at the Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom show in Japan.

If you ask me, I reckon this is exactly how to execute a restomod perfectly – as a long-time lover of lowrider style and attention to detail, applying it to a car from what is probably the best era of American car design, the 1960s, and executing it with a slight touch of restraint makes for one properly stunning car.

You'll have to let me know what you think though...

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Comments (15)

  • Meh. Not a fan of the paint, and there better be airbags on that thing because I’m not riding something that low.

      9 months ago
  • Very cool indeed but I would raise it height a little bit.

      9 months ago
  • That's the best looking thing I've seen all day

      9 months ago
  • Not crazy about the paint, but the stance is reasonably restrained and the rims are nicely “period” and the white band is too, Nothing worse than 20+”s on cars of this period.

      9 months ago
  • I woold love to se a wire tuck done

      9 months ago