Ford Thunderbird Replica by Shay Motors Corporation
- Chassis: 1HWTC21A0BE020056
- 19k Miles Shown
- Ford Inline-Four
- 4-Speed Manual Transmission
- Turquoise Paintwork
- Fiberglass Bodywork
- White Removable Hardtop
- Black & White Vinyl Upholstery
- Cruise Control
- AM/FM Cassette Stereo
- Power Steering
- Five-Lug Conversion
- Polished 15" Wheels
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This replica of a Ford Thunderbird is one of approximately 200 examples produced by the Shay Motors Corporation in the early 1980s and is said to have spent approximately 17 years in storage prior to its acquisition by the seller in 2021. The car features fiberglass bodywork finished in turquoise over black and white vinyl upholstery and is powered by a Ford inline-four paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Features include a removable white hardtop with porthole-style windows, power steering, cruise control, front disc brakes, and polished 15” wheels. This Thunderbird replica is being offered with a clean Nevada title in the seller’s name, listing the car as a 1981 Assembled Vehicle.
The Shay Motors Corporation was founded in 1978 and commenced production of Thunderbird replicas in late 1980, with approximately 200 units produced before the company declared bankruptcy in 1982. The fiberglass bodywork of this example is finished in turquoise with chrome side mirrors and a removable white hardtop with porthole-style windows. Areas of cracking throughout the bodywork and along the bottom of the hardtop are noted by the seller. A pair of uninstalled rear fender skirts will accompany the vehicle.
The car received a five-lug conversion during current ownership and was fitted with polished 15” Voxx B/G Rod Works Old School five-spoke wheels. A full-size spare is found in the trunk. Braking is through front discs with rear drums. The seller notes that the rear drum brakes are in need of servicing. A set of four-lug steel wheels with Ford-branded covers and whitewall tires is included in the sale and can be seen mounted to the car in the gallery below.
The cabin houses a bench seat trimmed in black vinyl with white inserts, matching door panels, and a black dashboard and carpets. Lap belts are fitted for both occupants, and amenities include power steering, cruise control, and an AM/FM cassette stereo. The seller notes the air conditioning needs to be recharged.
A four-spoke steering wheel is mounted to a tilt steering column and sits ahead of a Shay’s-branded 80-mph speedometer and fuel level gauge, along with a 6k-rpm tachometer and analog clock. The five-digit odometer shows approximately 19k miles, around 400 of which have been added during current ownership.
The inline-four was reportedly sourced from a Ford Pinto and sends power to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission. The seller notes that work in September 2021 included an oil change along with replacement of the battery and spark plugs. The clutch is said to be in need of adjustment.
Additional underbody images are provided in the gallery.
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June 28, 2022 at 11:45AM PT
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