The Ford Thunderbird evolved rapidly following its introduction for 1955. From the initial two-seat boulevardier, it transformed into the four-seat, second-generation car with architectural, squared-off styling. By the third generation, spanning 1961–1963, the Thunderbird was all Space Age sleekness, from its pointed nose—which earned it the “Bullet Bird” nickname—to the “afterburner” taillights. This so-called personal luxury car was large, powerful, and offered a dazzling range of standard and available features. No one, however, would have mistaken it for a true sports car.
The Sports Roadster, introduced for 1962, was Ford’s way of bringing back the spirit of the first Thunderbirds. Its most notable feature was a removable fiberglass tonneau cover fitted over the rear seats, providing a convincing two-seat look, while allowing four-seat functionality, should the need arise. The model was further distinguished by Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and special badging. Priced at a formidable $5,439 for 1962, the Sports Roadster was never destined for high sales volumes—indeed, the car offered here is one of only 120 produced for 1962.