I’ll explain later why, but for Tuesday’s coverage at SEMA, I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked. So Monday night I was jotting down a list of cars and people I needed to catch and cover before the masses flowed in, and at the tip-top of this list was “Thunderstruck”, this drop-dead gorgeous Ford Thunderbird. It started life as a Steve Stanford rendering that took on a life of it’s own, and was built by Eddie’s Rods and Customs in Pueblo, Colorado. While overall it is an absolutely stunning ‘Bird, it’s more custom that you would believe at first. Look at the roofline: that is the fastback shape from the refreshed 1970. Instead of the ’70s beaked nose, you have the jet intake/hideaway headlight look of the 1967 model. The back half of the 1967 hood and fenders had to be massaged to fit the 1970 body. Immaculate from tip to tail, with a white interior that would make a Mopar restoration freak melt over and one of the most beautiful purple paint jobs I can think of ever, with paint supplied by D&S Paint Center, and paint and bodywork done by Wayne Saunders at Advanced Automotive Design in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Thunderstruck has a presence that comes naturally.
Lohnes hates Thunderbirds that aren’t the first generation, but if he hates this car, he’s just flat wrong.
(Well….I have huge respect for the design, the craftsmanship, and the execution of this car but I just cannot get around my preexisting feelings for these large Ford barges. Diversity makes the SEMA world go ’round and we don’t all have to love everything, right? Sorry McTag this ain’t me. – Lohnes)