Photos & text courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Ford injected more power into their full size lineup in 1962 with the introduction of the new big block 406 CI engine, which was offered with a choice of 385 HP single 4-barrel or 405 HP Tri-Power carburetion. Dubbed the “Thunderbird 406 Super High-Performance Tri-Power” package, the G-code 405HP option included a 4-speed transmission, heavy-duty suspension, fade-resistant drum brakes, high-capacity radiator and larger 15-inch wheels. While the package usually appeared in the Galaxie 500 hardtop and pillared coupe, a few found their way into the 500XL hardtop coupes and 500XL Sunliner convertibles introduced mid-year. Thanks to their racing successes, these big block legends have today become highly desirable collector pieces, especially examples such as the exceedingly rare Sunliner convertible version here.
Rotisserie restored and completed in 2007, this rare and beautiful 406 Sunliner is documented by its original build sheet as one of the very few Tri-Power Sunliners built by the factory.