1965 flare bird bird nest thunderbird
1964 green hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1964

1965 red convertible thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1965

1966 black hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1966

GRILLES
1964 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

The 1964 grille has horizontal bars.

1965 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

This 1965 grille is mainly horizontal bars with a few vertical bars.

1966 convertible thunderbird grille and bird bird nest thunderbirds

The 1966 grille has a rectangular pattern along with a 2′ bird.

HOOD ORNAMENTS
1964 thunderbird hood letters bird nest thunderbirds

The most identifiable marking on a 1964 are the “THUNDERBIRD” letters that sit across the hood.

1965 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

The 1965 bird emblem sits on the hood.

1966 thunderbird hood "V" ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The hood scoop “V” is the only detail on the hood.

FRONT FENDER ORNAMENTS
1964-65 thunderbird front fender ornament bird nest thunderbirds

These are turn signal fender lights located on top of the headlights. The bottom part is forked.

1964-65 thunderbird front fender ornament bird nest thunderbirds

These are turn signal fender lights located on top of the headlights. The bottom part is forked.

1966 thunderbird front fender ornament bird nest thunderbirds

These are turn signal fender lights located on top of the headlights. The bottom part is flat.

SIDE ORNAMENTS
1964 thunderbird side ornament script bird nest thunderbirds

The “Thunderbird” script is located at the front fender panel.

1965 thunderbird side c and feathers ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

The “C” and feathers gives the 1965 a unique detail to recognize. These are located on the front fender panel and the “Thunderbird” script is located on the quarter panel.

1966 thunderbird quarter panel script ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The “Thunderbird” script is located on the quarter panel.

HARDTOP ROOF ORNAMENTS
1964 and 1966 thunderbird hardtop bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

For the hardtop roof ornament, the 1964 bird emblem is used.

1965 thunderbird hardtop bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

The 1965 hardtop bird emblem is a encased in rounded rectangle.

1964 and 1966 thunderbird hardtop bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

This year uses the 1966 bird emblem, which looks similar to the 1964 hardtop bird emblem.

LANDAU ROOF ORNAMENTS
1964 thunderbird landau bar bird nest thunderbirds

The 1964 Landau bar has an elipse bird emblem insert.

1965 thunderbird landau bar bird nest ornaments

The 1965 Landau bar doesn’t contain a bird emblem insert.

1966 thunderbird landau bar bird nest thunderbirds

The 1966 Landau bar has a circular bird emblem insert.

TAIL LIGHTS
1964 thunderbird tail lights bird nest thunderbirds

There are two tail lights total with the 1964 bird emblem in the center of each. In between these is the emblem “THUNDERBIRD.”

1965 convertible thunderbird tail lights bird nest thunderbirds

Similar to the 1964 tail lights, the 1965 dons the two tail lights except with a tail light retainer and a bird emblem in between.

1966 thunderbird tail lights bird nest thunderbirds

There are three tail lights with the center covered by the bird emblem.

HUBCAPS
1964 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

There are two styles of hubcaps: the spinner and nonspinner. The nonspinner has a black center and the spinner has a red center and three prongs.

1965 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

There are two styles of hubcaps: the spinner and nonspinner. The nonspinner has a silver center and the spinner has a tri-colored center and three dividers.

1966 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

There are two styles of hubcaps: a five sectioned spinner with a red center and one no dividers and a black and red center.

VIN

On a 1964 Thunderbird, the VIN is located on the door of the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the first digit in the VIN.

Example: 4Y85Z100001
The first digit is a “4,” signifying a 1964 Thunderbird.

On a 1965 Thunderbird, the VIN is located on the door of the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the first digit in the VIN.

Example: 5879100001
The first digit is a “5,” signifying a 1965 Thunderbird.

On a 1966 Thunderbird, the VIN is located on the door of the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the first digit in the VIN.

Example: 6Y83Z100001
The first digit is a “6,” signifying a 1966 Thunderbird.

VIN Number (1958-1966):

The VIN is the vehicle identification number, sometimes called the serial number or vehicle warranty number, depending on the age of the patent plate. This consists of ten digits in a combination of numbers and letters.

The difference between a hardtop and a Landau is that the hardtop is a hard, shiny top while a Landau has a vinyl covering.

The convertibles do not have any roof ornaments.