I had been imagining for some time a 'what-if' scenario, pondering what may have happened if AC Cars had not lost their engine supplier, and if NASCAR wasn't a primary thought on Ford's mind in the early 1960's. Season that with a punch of willingness to make the Thunderbird more of a world-class performer, and you can see where this is headed: The ultimate, alternate-dimension barn find.
While these cars lend themselves extremely well to the custom treatment, I've always pictured one as a track car, and by drawing inspiration from the race cars of the day, I couldn't help but plot a course for this T-Bird which involved some down-home innovation, and setting it up as a well-preserved chunk of history brought out into the sunlight following a long roost. That said, consider this my proposal for a melding of 'street cruisers' and 'pro-touring' with some heavy vintage racing feel that anyone on the fringe would be proud to pilot…
...and here it is, featured in the May 2013 Street Rodder Magazine.
A 'what-if' piece, created for Street Rodder Magazine's Quick on the Draw column, and featured in the May 2013 issue.