It’s no secret that back in the early 1960s, the Big Three liked to dabble in drag racing. These limited production factory racers were a force to be reckoned with during their reign of terror on the drag strips of America. Pontiac’s warriors were Catalina and Tempest equipped with the 405 horsepower 421 Super Duty. The guys over at Dodge laid rubber with their 426 Max Wedge and Hemi powerplants. The fellows from Ford were no different. Their claim to fame was the limited production 1964 Thunderbolt. This lightweight drag racer was a stripped down, bare bones wolf in sheep’s clothing. Although late to the party, this pint-sized racer made up for lost time by winning several drag racing honors and titles.
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 1964 Ford Thunderbolt. With the Thunderbolt, Ford finally had a contender in the hotly competitive world of drag racing. It’s hard to imagine that there once was a time when the Big Three actually tried to outdo each other on the drag strip. A time when speed, performance, and horsepower were the only things that mattered out on the strip and streets. This was Ford’s best known factory racer that was loud as loud as thunder (no pun intended) and fast as lightning. Read the rest of this entry