A 1970 Four Door Thunderbird, based on the Coupe's lower roofline and shorter wheelbase. The Sportroof Sedan might had been a bit more mainstream than the more formal Landau Sedan produced from 1967-71. Shown in one of Ford's great colors from the era, Copper Glow with a Ginger interior and dark charcoal vinyl roof.
C H O P S — In the Lincoln MK-Zephyr post Comments, regular reader Keith/PhantomX, and I agreed that the 1970-71 Thunderbird fastback coupe was a great looking car. Keith has owned one before and is looking for another one. I wondered what a 4 door Tbird based on the coupe's lines would look like, the beginning question of most chops of mine. What if ... I did a few quick chops of this idea tonight, sketches really since the photos weren't that great to start with.
I think the look is a bit more contemporary and mainstream for the period than the severely formal roofed Landau Sedan Ford offered. The image above shows the car with its trademark suicide doors. I've used door openings cut into the roof a bit to help with the Coupe's lower roofline. I've done a few variations of the second photo, including two with, gasp, normal opening rear doors! Ford dropped the suicide doors on the '70 Lincoln Continental sedans that year, so it's possible they would have tried to mainstream the Tbird's rear apertures as well.
Original photo for above chop. Even when the resolution is high enough, and this was originally 1600px wide, the quality of the original photo and of the digital scan also plays into the selection process. I try not to have to restore the actual photograph before I can start pushing the pixels around. In this case I liked the color of the carand the angle the car is parked, so I used it anyway.
I'm not sure why the Ember coupe above came with the mid bodyside rubstrip moldings, and the Silver green coupe below had chrome rocker panel and rear quarter panel moldings. Perhaps it's a trim-level thing. I'll have to find my old dealer brochures for this year, and see if I can get to the bottom of this discrepancy. Original sources are usually the best.
A slightly used-looking example of a Sportroof Sedan with suicide doors. Note the slight rust on the rear quarters and rear doors.
The same car with 'normal' opening rear doors, and rendered in an old, stained snapshot-like format.
The same car in a slightly more colorful presentation! Click on each image to enlarge.
Both of the base photos for these chops were found with Google Images, and show well-preserved examples of the Landau Coupe, but they were not high-resolution press photos by any stretch.