If you are thinking about skipping the Arizona auctions rolling into Scottsdale this January, you might want to rethink your decision. The week now includes the rare opportunity to buy a real-deal 1964 Ford Thunderbolt, one of only 100 built. Barrett-Jackson has just consigned the FoMoCo legend to their January 11-19 Scottsdale auction and is selling it without reserve.
This Ford Thunderbolt was delivered new to Max Larson Ford in Coldwater, MI on December 26, 1963. Like all of the stripped down Thunderbolts, it was equipped with only a driver’s side sun visor, windshield wiper, seat belt and lightweight Bostrum Thinline racing seats. Of course what mattered was the 427 high-riser FE V8 engine equipped with 4-barrel carburetors, tucked under the fiberglass hood.
Then resold to Jack Mefford Ford of Springfield, OH in 1964, the Thunderbolt was raced throughout the Ohio Valley. During this time the car’s automatic transmission was swapped for a Ford Toploader 4-speed manual, a common Thunderbolt modification, making it a strong competitor in the Super Stock class.
Last purchased in 2015 by the current owner, the Thunderbolt was believed to have been in storage for 30 years. At that time the odometer showed less than 400 miles. A comprehensive nut-and-bolt restoration was then commissioned, returning the Thunderbolt to it’s “as campaigned” form from the 1960s.
Since then, it has garnered several Best in Class and First in Class awards and won the Historical Vehicle Association’s National Automotive Heritage Award at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours. Additionally, the vehicle comes with a Ford dealer memorandum from February 21, 1964 and a Letter of Authentication from the Thunderbolt Owners Association. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take home a piece of Ford history, selling in January without reserve.
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