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Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1540 kg (3395 lbs)
Dimensions 5.02 m (198 in) long, 1.83 m (72 in) wide, 1.38 m (54 in) high
Wheelbase 2.93 m (116 in)
Introduced 1964
Origin country United States
Views 22.6k
Submitted by Super8

Performance

0 - 100 kph4.3 s
0 - 60 mph4.6 s
1/4 mile11.8 s @ 123.0 mph
Top speed200 kph (124 mph)

Powertrain specs

Engine type Ford Big-Block FE 427
Displacement 7.0 l (425 ci / 6965 cc)
Power 431 ps (425 bhp / 317 kw) @ 6000 rpm
Torque 651 Nm (480 lb-ft) @ 3700 rpm
Power / liter 62 ps (61 hp)
Power / weight 280 ps (276 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 423 Nm (312 lb-ft) / t
Transmission 4 Speed Manual Hurst Shifter (4.44 ratio)
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
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unfairlane  2m ago

425hp and 11.7 secs is a joke. The 13.6-1 sideoiler gave around 600hps in 64 and the Thunderbolt is good for low 9`s on modern dragslicks

 


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drew  3y ago

hum the 427 have a more Horsepower but did not official for insurance in the dyno she take a 520 hp at 6400 rpm.


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Scott  4y ago

May be a dumb question but I don't pretend to know anything about racing or race cars - I want to know whether this thing had power steering or not, or was it optional? I'm finding out all over the web that it had no passenger wiper or rear window cranks, but what about the power steering, power brakes??


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uptownfunker  5y ago

This thing definitely isn't doing 11.8 at 123. 12.9 at 114 sounds more understandable. On a good day however I'd say it'd do about 13.5 at 108-109. 😄


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Shaggy  6y ago

Correction, the engine's displacement is 427 cubic inches, not 425.


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Mr427  6y ago

this car kicks ass.


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Shaggy  8y ago

@ Super8: Oh yeah, I know the 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, It was Ford's factory drag car for the street, it's powerful, quick, and brutal.


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Super8  8y ago

@ Silly S and Ford Forever: That time came from automatic transmission. If you have manual transmission time, let me know.


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Ford Forever.  8y ago

the fastest lap on for an authentic thunder bolt is low 9 seconds at 151mph.
Silly S is right


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silly S  8y ago

people love this car because it is a monster, i used to race one and I can tell you this.....i can get a 10 second run out of that old ford...whats this bullshit about 11 seconds? and those stats aren't always right..we'd switch batteries and acid dip, and do all sorts of things. everybody did. that ford can go faster


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Bijan  9y ago

Super8 is right , According to the 1964 Car Life road test : T-Bolt with Lincoln 3-speed Automatic and 4.58 final ratio , 1/4 mile : 12.91 @ 113.92 mph and top speed 115-116 mph . The other one T-Bolt with Borg-Warner T-10 4 speed and 4.44 gear ratio , 1/4 mile 11.76 @ 122.7 mph and top speed was 123-124 mph .


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Super8  9y ago

@ S: With long ratio gearbox it can but this car only available with close ratio gearbox (4.44 final ratio)


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S  9y ago

According to the stats, this car should be able to go faster than 124mph.


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Super8  9y ago

I adding wrong top speed to this car. I found old magazine and it said that this car had 124 mph not 116 mph


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S  9y ago

Why does anyone like this car?


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Bijan  9y ago

To Compete in super stock drag racing against lighter rivals , Ford squeezed its full competition 427 into the mid-sized car and created the Thunderbolt . with 12.7 compression ratio and over 500 hp and many competition modifications with Lincoln Automatic with 4.58 and T-10 4-speed with 4.44 gearing . the result : 11.76 @ 122.7 mph , ( Hot Rod mag test ) , this car was the full drag racer not the everyday car or even the Muscle car , such as 1964 Dodge 426 Hemi lightweight , 1963 Chevy impala PROZ-11 , 1963 Pontiac SD-421 and so , then never compared this with The Corvette Sports car .


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Viking  9y ago

@Super8 yep, nice advertisement, and very accurate.


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Super8  9y ago

@ Viking : In their advertisment said:
THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN BUILT SPECIALLY AS A LIGHTWEIGHT COMPETITIVE CAR AND INCLUDES CERTAIN FIBERGLASS AND ALUMINUM COMPONENTS. BECAUSE OF THE SPECIALIZED PURPOSE FOR WHICH THIS CAR HAS BEEN BUILT AND IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MAXIMUM WEIGHT REDUCTION, NORMAL QUALITY STANDARDS OF THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY IN TERMS OF EXTERIOR PANEL FIT AND SURFACE APPEARANCE ARE NOT MET ON THIS VEHICLE.
THIS INFORMATION IS INCLUDED ON THIS VEHICLE TO ASSURE THAT ALL CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE THIS CAR ARE AWARE OF THE DEVIATION FROM THE REGULAR HIGH APPEARANCE QUALITY STANDARDS OF THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY. and they also said:
All you need to go racing is the ignition key


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Viking  9y ago

@Super8 ahh, I remember the light weight drag cars. The NHRA forced Ford to make these beasts available to the public, in order to allow them to be eligible for drag racing competition in their class.


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Super8  9y ago

If you think Corvette ZL1 and Camaro ZL1 is the fastest drag car, then you're wrong. This car even brutal than them. Those 27 FE with 425 Hp and 480 ft-lbs is just started. This car will has 500 Hp+ gross and 510 ft-lbs gross if you put the compression to 12 : 1. I can reach 11.56 for 1/4 mile