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1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt Tribute Is An Incredibly Cool Replica

The Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt is an incredibly rare, incredibly valuable racer that’s an important part of Blue Oval history. We’ve seen a handful of the 100 total units produced go up for grabs in recent years, each time selling for huge money. Those that covet the power and looks of this amazing machine must have deep pockets to bring one home, though there is an alternative – build or purchase a faithful replica like this 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt current up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.

Those that aren’t in the know would be hard-pressed to tell that this isn’t a real 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt because it certainly looks authentic. Finished in Wimbledon White, the two-door model has been fitted with a bevy of fiberglass parts including the vented hood, fenders, and bumpers, as well as the trademark reproduction Thunderbolt graphics. A set of 15-inch steel wheels provide the finishing touch and are wrapped with Mickey Thomson Sportsman Pro tires.

The interior is nicely done up in the classic combination of red and black, with few amenities outside of the typical things one might find in a real race car such as a giant tachometer and other extra gauges, a fire extinguisher, a Cheetah SCS shifter, and a roll cage. The real story lies under the hood, where a real-deal Ford 427 V8 resides. That rare motor has been fitted with twin Holley carbs, headers, and an MSD ignition, and is mated to a C6 automatic transmission and a Detroit Locker rear differential with 4.11:1 gears.

Unfortunately, the previous owner stored this Thunderbolt replica outside with a valve cover removed, which has caused some internal corrosion in the big V8. Regardless, that could make it a real bargain for anyone willing to put in the work to get this cool old replica back on the road, and it’ll still cost far less than the real thing to boot.

We’ll have more cool cars for sale like this one to share soon, be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for Ford Fairlane news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Christian M Willey

    I had two 1964 Ford Fairlane Sports Coupes with the 289Specialbengine in them. Wrecked one and shifted stuff to the second one. Raced it at the drag strip. Got beat one time by a hopped up Chevy 2 that was tricked out. Almost beat him too. I’d love to have another one. Don’t really need a 427ci. But a 289 ci would be wonderful

  2. Ford500guy

    My mom had a 1963 Fairlane base model with a 260 that was turquoise inside and out. The motor went bad and my dad found a 289 4bbl that he had installed that really woke up that little Fairlane big time. Wish I could find onejust like this one. Bad Azzaro little Ford’s.

    1. JIM DALLY

      jim Dally
      had 1963 w/260 and ran F
      WIS/stock at Lions wone a couple , had a Ford CAST MANIFOLD AND CARB . AND FORD HEADERS FROM 289./


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