This 1955 Ford Thunderbird is a full custom with accolades that include 2012 Detroit Autorama Ridler Award, 2012 Goodguys Custom Rod of the Year, 2012 Legend Cup, 2012 SEMA Mothers Polish Excellence in Design, and many Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards. It also have been featured in Street Rodder Premium and Autoweek magazines.
The car features a one-off custom chassis by Torq’d Design and Sparc Design, Gale Banks Engineering twin-turbo engine with over 1,150hp and 900 pound-feet of torque, Bowler 4L80E transmission, Moser 9-inch rear end, SSBC brakes with 14-inch rotors and 4-piston calipers, Ron Davis Racing aluminum radiator and dual intercoolers, and a handmade 3-inch Borla exhaust. Every panel on the car has been handmade or extensively modified.
There’s a hidden internal roll cage and subframe, complete custom underbelly, modified windshield and handmade moldings, sectioned/flipped/tucked bumpers with one-off exhaust tip, relocated front fender openings and redesigned rear quarters, all-steel, one-off custom engine compartment.
Inside is a double-walled custom floor, custom handmade steel dash, custom bucket seats, door panels, kick panels, and waterfall into the console, with every panel wrapped in European leather with contrasting stitching by Paul Atkins Interiors.
Other one-off features include Classic Instruments gauges and Movado clock, steering wheel and all interior trim, CNC billet aluminum trim and accessories throughout the entire vehicle, and 3-piece concave wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires.
Finishing touches include Ridetech coilovers, Electroluminescence lighting and Glasurit Brilliant Red paint with a Matte Charcoal Gray drivetrain by Greening Auto Company, with all plating by Advanced Plating.
No detail was left untouched and reportedly no expense was spared in the build of this historic, one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction is scheduled for January 13-21 at the Westworld complex.
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