1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott

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1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott

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Title:  

1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott
Date:
1987

Collection:

Creator:
Ford Motor Company

Content Description: 

In May 1987 at Talladega, Alabama, Bill Elliott drove this car to the fastest official lap ever run by a stock car when he qualified for the Winston 500 at 212.809 mph. In July Elliott car returned to Talladega and won the Talladega 500 in the same car. The term "stock car" originally meant a car from a dealer's stock, one that was unmodified. For many years racing stock cars were indeed based on real production automobiles. By 1987, however, racing "stock cars" only looked stock. Underneath this Thunderbird sheet metal is a purpose-built steel tube frame, racing suspension and brakes, and a racing engine that no Ford dealer ever sold. Engine: Ford V8, overhead valves, 351 cu. in., 625 hp

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
88.84.1
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Melling Tool Company and Melling Racing.

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