• Nov 9, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the ThunderFlite Thunderbird

Suzie and Dean Arnold dreamt of building a show car that would evoke the spirit of the dream cars that manufacturers used to build in the '50s and '60s. They decided to use a 1961 Thunderbird as the base vehicle and got long-time collaborator Don Johnson to finalize the design. Then Dean got to work building it. The result is the car you see here. To most of the people passing it at SEMA this week, they probably thought it was a vintage dream car rather than a modern custom. It certainly looked like it had just been dusted off and shined up after sitting mothballed for the past 40 years. Every detail seems period correct, and we particularly liked the Batmobile-esque double-bubble roof. Click over to ThunderFlite.com for more background info, and check out our gallery for more high-res pics.


Photos copyright ©2008 Frank Filipponio/Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice now lets see it fully blacked out and tinted windows and some ridiculously blinding lights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gotta love the space age
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love classic cars... but this one just doesn't do it for me. It looks like Homer Simpson's Car design, mixed with some area 51 fake UFO. It just doesn't do it for me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The only thin I don't like is the stupid double-bubble cockpit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Swoopy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not a T- Bird fan but I saw this in person @ Sema and the pic's don't do this car justice. It takes you back to the 50"s and the early 60's with ease.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They shoulda junked it six months ago when the price of scrap metal was high.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No interior pic's? Which is just as impressive as the exterior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All it needs is a gas turbine engine to really capture the 50s concept feel. One problem: it looks as if it was designed to only fit headless people. It doesn't accomodate the hairstyles of the era. It would never support a sweet boufant or the ever popular and oh-so-sexy beehive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I honestly do like it, but find myself thinking this anyway:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_Brother,_Where_Art_Thou%3F#The_Homer
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great look but will it turn ? If I remember the tires when turning were outside the fenders
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