The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a Ford Thunderbolt. We make the process of selling your Ford Thunderbolt quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt was a limited production car made by Ford in 1964. It was based on the Fairlane with the 427 cubic inch 7.0 liter V8 engine, with Holley 4-barrel carbs from the much heavier Galaxie. Ford wanted it for Super Stock NHRA racing. So they made a total of 100 units to fulfill the requirements for their racing team. 49 were 4-speed manual transmissions and 51 were automatics. 11 cars were painted in Ford’s “vintage burgundy” while the remaining 89 were painted “Wimbledon white.”
To save weight, many items that would be standard on a normal car were eliminated, including sunvisors, radio, heater, wheel covers, passenger side windshield wiper, arm rests, rear window cranks, mirrors, sound deadening material, carpeting, trunk mat, lug wrench, jack and spare tire. Seats were used from the Ford police package or the Econoline vans. Even the high beam lights were eliminated. In their place was a mess grill that led to the air cleaner on top of the engine.
Special racing equipment like super duty traction control bars, a trunk mounted battery and drag racing wheels and tires were used. The car also was distinctive because of the tear drop shaped hood scoop.
This special edition car is celebrated by collectors. They are so rare, at yet well loved, that more replicas exist than originals. There was also a special edition Hot Wheels car made of the Thunderbolt.