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1964–66
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IDENTIFYING YOUR FLARE BIRD

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Identifying your 1964–66 Thunderbird
Flare Birds: 1964–66 Thunderbirds
1964 green hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

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1965 red convertible thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

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1966 black hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

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GRILLES
1964 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

The 1964 grille has horizontal bars.

1965 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

Horizontal and a few vertical bars make up the 1965 grilles.

1966 convertible thunderbird grille and bird bird nest thunderbirds

The 1966 Thunderbird grille has a rectangular pattern and a 2ft bird emblem.

HOOD ORNAMENTS
1964 thunderbird hood letters bird nest thunderbirds

The “THUNDERBIRD” hood letters are the most identifiable marking on a 1964 Thunderbird.

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 hood detail.

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

The 1964 turn signal fender lights have a forked bottom and sit above the headlights.

1964-65 thunderbird front fender ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The 1965 turn signal fender lights are the same as the 1964. Both attach to the hood above the headlights.

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 the front fender panel detail.

1965 thunderbird side c and feathers ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

The “C” and feathers are a unique detail to the 1965 Thunderbird. The ornaments are on the front fender panel while the “Thunderbird” script is on the quarter panel.

1966 thunderbird quarter panel script ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The “Thunderbird” script is a quarter panel detail.

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

The 1964 bird emblem is the hardtop roof detail.

1965 thunderbird hardtop bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

1965 hardtop bird emblems are encased in a rounded rectangle.

1964 and 1966 thunderbird hardtop bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

The 1966 Thunderbird hardtop bird emblem is the same as the 1964.

LANDAU ROOF ORNAMENTS
1964 thunderbird landau bar bird nest thunderbirds

The ellipse bird emblem insert is in the center of the 1964 Landau bar.

1965 thunderbird landau bar bird nest ornaments

The 1965 Landau bar, opposite to the 1964 and 1966 bars, doesn’t contain an 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

1964 bird emblems sit in the center of both tail lights while the “THUNDERBIRD” emblem separates the two.

1965 convertible thunderbird tail lights bird nest thunderbirds

1965 two tail lights use a tail light retainer with a bird emblem as a separator.

1966 thunderbird tail lights bird nest thunderbirds

For a 1966 Thunderbird, 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.

1964–66 Thunderbird VINs

The VIN, on a 1964 Thunderbird, 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.

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

Example: 5Y87Z100001
The first digit is a “5,” signifying a 1965 Thunderbird.

The VIN, on a 1966 Thunderbird, 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:

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.