Mike and Nyra Cochrane’s Coldstream home is a tribute to the T-bird.
The Cochranes own six of the vintage Ford Thunderbird vehicles, all built between 1962 and 1971. The cars take up space in the large garage, and there’s also a Thunderbird memorabilia room in the home.
“The T-bird is one of the first cars I drove,” said Mike, a retired bicycle shop owner. “They’re easy to drive. They’re comfortable. And I like the style of the car.”
One of the classic cars, a ‘62 chestnut Roadster with cream-coloured interior, came with the original bill of sale from a dealership in Hayward, Calif.
The suggested retail price was just under $5,500. The power lift windows were $106.20, power seats for driver and passenger were $184.20 and the push-button radio was priced at $112.80.
Tinted glass ($43), windshield washers ($13.70) and heavy-duty battery ($7.60) were included.
The most costly luxury was air conditioning with a suggest retail price of $415.10.
“I still have them all and they all work,” said Mike.
The Cochranes are members of the North Okanagan Chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, and their ‘62 Roadster adorns the poster for the club’s upcoming 21st annual Father’s Day Car Show.
The event runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the north end of the Village Green Centre.
Vehicle registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and admission is by donation.
The show will feature antique vehicles, classics, customs and trucks.
Proceeds from the event are donated to the community by the club.
“We give money to all of the Vernon School District high schools with auto shops for their program,” said Nyra Cochrane. “Last year, the club gave out $3,000 to the schools.”
The show features door prizes and awards, along with food and music.