Anniversary Thunderbird Registry
How do I know it's a 35th
years, many things can be changed, substituted, or
completely left off of a 35th Anniversary Thunderbird.
This makes a second, third, or even sixteenth owner
possibly not know if his or her car is correct or
complete. Many times a car is faked with technological
slight of hand or just outright deception. The Registry
has a few examples of supercoupes that were sold sporting
a different color of paint and, in one case, a very
ingeniously created fender decal that looks very
"factory". Beware these imitations. Cars that
are described as 35ths can be fakes, either by design or
by lack of knowledge of the unfortunate owner who is now
trying to sell it to you.
All 35ths were 1990 SuperCoupes. Ford was
very specific about this. They were painted Black with
the lower body pieces and the lower surfaces of the front
and rear bumper covers painted Titanium Silver and
equipped with the features shown below. They were not
red, or silver, or all black, nor did they have cloth
interiors. The suede used for the center part of the
seats was a real "pig" suede, as evidenced by
how badly they rot over the years from age and sun. For
this reason, many owners at one time have reupholstered
their cars with all leather or used some other material
as a substitute for the original suede inserts. 35th
fender badges are selling all the time at Ebay and swap
meets so don't let a fender badge fool you. 35ths that
have been destroyed or parted out can still yield a build
tag for someone who might attempt to fake a 35th for some
profit. The combination of the items shown below are your
best bet to determine if your car might be a fake or, as
has happened before, you learn your all black or all
silver car is actually a 35th Anniversary. Hopefully this
information will help to make sure a fake isn't sold to
an unsuspecting buyer.
|To identify a
35th Anniversary Thunderbird, look for the following:
-- Serial Number :
1FAxP64RxLHxxxxxx where x is pertinent to the particular
vehicle in question. The "64R" identifies the
car as a Super Coupe.
-- Vehicle Certification
Label, shown here , which is a decal or sticker attached to
the driver's door jamb. You need to see the following
information described on that label.
1. Exterior Paint Code - YC (followed by YF on some
cars). This denotes the black body color.
2. Body Code - SCZ. This denotes the SuperCoupe group of
3. Int Trim - VJ. This identifies the leather and suede
seating surfaces. Only 35th's had this code.
On the vehicle build or "buck" tag, which is
attached to the passenger side upper radiator support
under the hood , the tag must have:
1. The "B64SC" to identify it as a SuperCoupe.
2. These six digits should be the same as the ones in the
VIN of the vehicle.
3. The "VJ" denotes the leather and suede
4. ONLY 35ths will have "35TH" stamped here on
In this example,
"MOON" denotes the moonroof, "KEY"
and the "KE" denote keyless entry.
Visually the car
should have the following :
|Black leather seats with
grey suede inserts surrounded by thin blue piping.
||Blue pinstripe, 35th
fender badges, black SC wheels with black center caps and
blue accent emblem.
|35th anniversary emblems
in interior door panels.
||Blue accented hood
The reflective supercoupe taillight panels also have blue
accented emblems on the left and right sides.
This summary is meant as a guide to assist in determining
the authenticity of a 35th Anniversary Thunderbird. The
final determination of a car's authenticity is the sole
responsibility of the parties involved.