1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, Raced by Bill Elliott

Summary

In April 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 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 V-8, overhead valves, 351 cu. in., 625 hp

In April 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 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 V-8, overhead valves, 351 cu. in., 625 hp

Material

Metal
Steel
Fiberglass
Rubber (Material)
Plastic (Organic material)

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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