1964 Ford Thunderbolt Phil Bonner 1/18 Diecast Car by Autoworld

1964 Ford Thunderbolt Phil Bonner 1/18 Diecast Car by Autoworld

1964 Ford Thunderbolt Phil Bonner 1/18 Diecast Car by Autoworld

All Thunderbolts are special cars, a sort of “Holy Grail” among high-performance Ford enthusiasts. Each Thunderbolt was modified for Ford Motor Co. by Detroit Steel Tubing Co. (DST) from a 289-powered Fairlane 500 coupe. DST built each Fairlane into a 427-powered quarter-mile hero, then Ford placed them into the hands of proven drag racers after approval on a driver-by-driver basis.
Bonner’s original Thunderbolt was destroyed in a racing accident decades ago and its twisted shell was stored outdoors where decay took its toll. But portions of the hulk are contained within the modern re-creation he’s tooling around the test track. Well into his seventh decade, Bonner is young again as the dual Holleys ingest the rarified proving grounds atmosphere.

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