1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott

Summary

Bill Elliott set NASCAR's all-time speed record with this car when he qualified for the 1987 Winston 500 at Talladega at 212.809 miles per hour. By the 1980s, "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.

Bill Elliott set NASCAR's all-time speed record with this car when he qualified for the 1987 Winston 500 at Talladega at 212.809 miles per hour. By the 1980s, "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.

Material

Metal
Steel
Fiberglass
Rubber (Material)
Plastic

Color

Red
White (Color)
Gold (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 51 in

Width: 71 in

Length: 197.5 in

Wheelbase: 110 in

Weight: 3700 lbs

Inscriptions

On side: 9 | COORS | MOTORCRAFT / QUALITY PARTS / Melling Oil Pumps On hood: COORS / MELLING OIL PUMPS / FORD Above doors : Bill Elliott Edge of hood: Thunderbird emblem

Specifications

Make & Model: 1987 Ford Thunderbird stock car racing

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: Ford V-8, overhead valves, 351 cubic inches

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Height: 51 inches

Width: 71 inches

Wheelbase: 110 inches

Overall length: 197.5 inches

Weight: 3700 pounds

Horsepower: 625

Pounds per horsepower: 5.9

Competition History: Fastest qualifier for the 1987 Winston 500, Talladega, Alabama, at 212.809 mph. This remains NASCAR's fastest official lap ever. Winner, 1987 Talladega 500, Talladega, Alabama.

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