Being a physics aficionado, the theory of multiple dimensions holds a special place in my brain. Couple that with a love for all things science fiction and my synapses light up with boundless ideas and tales of the bizarre.
This in mind, 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 hadn't been a primary thought on Ford's mind in the early '60s. 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.
Taking the above into consideration, behold the final iteration of the winningest Thunderbird on the opposite side of the space time bubble. Wearing the shorter, half-width windscreen, we're obviously looking at a pre-GT car, and this monster is complete, right down to the dirt and grime from its final race. While later cars would be fitted with the mighty big-blocks, this 289-powered ‘Bird left many a European car behind, engulfed in the shriek of its high-winding exhaust note and dust.
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 (like the widened fenders, flip-nose, headlamp covers, and full-length hood scoop), 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...