1961-63 bullet bird bird nest thunderbirds
1961 white convertible thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1961

1962 black hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1962

1963 blue convertible thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

1963

GRILLES
1961 white hardtop thunderbird bird nest thunderbirds

The 1961 grille has a horizontal line pattern.

1962 thunderbird grille bird nest thunderbirds

Horizontal bars and squares are unique to the 1962 grille.

1963 thunderbird grille and hood bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

Vertical bars make up the 1963 grille.

HOOD ORNAMENTS
1963 thunderbird grille and hood bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The nose bird and the hood scoop “V” are the two ornaments on the hood.

1963 thunderbird grille and hood bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The nose bird and the hood scoop “V” are the two ornaments on the hood.

1963 thunderbird grille and hood bird ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The nose bird and the hood scoop “V” are the two ornaments on the hood.

FRONT FENDER ORNAMENTS
1961-62 thunderbird front panel script ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The “Thunderbird” script is located on the front fender.

1961-62 thunderbird front panel script ornament bird nest thunderbirds

The “Thunderbird” script is located on the front fender.

1963 white thunderbird front panel bird nest thunderbirds

The 1963 Thunderbird does not have any front fender ornaments.

SIDE ORNAMENTS
1961 thunderbird quarter panel ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

On the 1961 quarter panel are four thin horizontal bars.

1962 red thunderbird quarter panel ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

Located on the quarter panel of the 1962 are three thick horizontal bars.

1963 thunderbird side ornaments bird nest thunderbirds

The door panel has three angled bars and the “Thunderbird” script is located on the quarter panel.

HARDTOP ROOF ORNAMENTS
1961-63 thunderbird hardtop roof bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

On 1961 hardtops are the bird emblem roof ornaments.

1961-63 thunderbird hardtop roof bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

On 1962 Thunderbird hardtops are the bird emblem roof ornaments.

1961-63 thunderbird hardtop roof bird emblem bird nest thunderbirds

On the 1963 Thunderbirds hardtops are the bird emblem roof ornaments.

LANDAU ROOF ORNAMENTS
1961 red convertible and white hardtop thunderbirds bird nest thunderbirds

Only hardtops and convertibles were available in 1961.

1962-63 thunderbird landau bar bird nest thunderbirds

On a 1962 Landau the ornaments are Landau bars and emblems inserts.

1962-63 thunderbird landau bar bird nest thunderbirds

On a 1963 Landau the ornaments are Landau bars and emblems inserts.

TAIL LIGHTS
1961 thunderbird tail light bird nest thunderbirds

The single tail light retainer has a riveted pattern.

1962 thunderbird tail light bird nest thunderbirds

The single tail light retainer has a ripple pattern.

1963 thunderbird tail light bird nest thunderbirds

The single tail light retainer has a sun ray pattern.

HUBCAPS
1961-62 hubcap bird nest thunderbirds

The 1961 Thunderbird has only one style of hubcap.

1961-62 hubcap bird nest thunderbirds

The 1962 Thunderbird has only one style of hubcap.

1963 thunderbird hubcaps bird nest thunderbirds

The 1963 has two styles, one with three pronged spinners and the other without.

VIN

On a 1961 Thunderbird, the VIN is located in the door jamb on the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the first digit in the VIN.

Example: 1Y71Z100001
The first digit is a “1,” signifying a 1961 Thunderbird.

On a 1962 Thunderbird, the VIN is located in the door jamb on the driver’s side. The year is displayed as the first digit in the VIN.

Example: 2Y83Z100001
The first digit is a “2,” signifying a 1962 Thunderbird.

On a 1963 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: 3Y83Z100001
The first digit is a “3,” signifying a 1963 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.