Out in the
countryside are a couple of very un-assuming looking buildings.
They appear from the street to maybe hold some farm equipment. That is what the
owner wants you to think! Laid out on the inside is an away of vehicles that
makes your jaw drop to youíre chest and say ďOh My GoshĒ! From the minute your
eyes start to focus on the contents you think ďPinch MeĒ, this canít be true.
We have all seen a Thunderbolt in our time, but here sits the very first one
built, and then another, and then another. By the time you count to five
original Thunderbolts sitting there even a Chevy Guy has a little drool running
down his chin! Well of course, because there sits an original 1963 Z11 Impala
Lightweight! OK you Chrysler Guys, you arenít forgotten, because there is also
a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner Hemi that belonged to the Sox & Martin team.
Donít walk too fast or you might miss the 1999
Lets talk about those Thunderbolts for a moment! Ford was heavy into drag racing in the 60ís and built some specialty cars for Private Racing Teams. They had been working on the Galaxie 500 as the base car and decided to move to the Fairlane 500 for the base vehicle because of the lesser weight. They turned to the Dearborn Steel Tubing Company to fabricate between 109 to 111 Plain Jane looking cars built with 427 cubic inch w/dual quads, 550 horsepower engines, ram air intakes, headers, 4 speed top loader transmissions with heavy duty traction bars, multi-leaf rear springs, heavy duty shocks, Thunderbolt Mag wheels with 6X15 front tires and M & H Racemaster 7:10X15 slicks. It had a wheelbase of 115 inches, length of 197 inches, weighted in at 3225 pounds and could turn 125 miles per hour in 11.18 seconds! Wrap this up with fiberglass fenders and hood with aluminum bumpers. All this for a mere $3,900.00. Itís believed that only about 60 Thunderbolts are known to exist today.
But hey, just click on the link below and view some of the over 100 Vehicles in this Private Collection!