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YellowRose
01-03-2011, 09:31 PM
In the course of talking with Lee Holman today, he mentioned the 1957 "Battlebirds" and talked about them for a bit. If I understood him correctly, they had the remaining cars for awhile. Now there is only one left. I know the one with the 430MEL in it was destroyed in a crash.

Here is some information about them and some pictures of one of them, #98

http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/article/Rich_history_of_1957_Ford_Battlebirds/

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z15200/Ford-Battlebird.aspx

http://www.rmauctions.com/FeatureCars.cfm?SaleCode=MO10&CarID=r305&fc=0#

YellowRose
01-03-2011, 09:32 PM
The remaining "Battlebird" pix.

scumdog
01-03-2011, 09:52 PM
Wow! - a fuel injected Y-block! - so it wasn't just Chev that had injected motors in '57 - (ok I know the Battlebird IS a race-car....hehehe)

And what style that car has too, I love it!

YellowRose
01-04-2011, 08:32 AM
Though not "Battlebirds", here in Tbirds.com Australia, you will see a couple of Babybirds and Tony's '65 Tbird, featured as the January Tbird in the 2011 Squarebirds Calendar. This is a nice website about Tbirding in Western Australia, the abode of Penelope, Tony and other Tbirders Down Under.

http://tbirds.com.au/

YellowRose
01-04-2011, 08:54 AM
According to reports I just read, the Nr. 99 car was the '57 Tbird that had the highly modified 430MEL engine and body in it. This car was destroyed in a crash later on. This is the only picture I have been able to find of it so far. It was a pretty Tbird!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dschultz742/4488751014/

I believe the caption under this car is incorrect. It is my understanding that the only two '57 Tbirds called the "Battlebirds" were the two cars ending with VIN# 265 and 266. They were set up with 312cid engines. It was Car 98, to my understanding, that was involved in that speed trial cited, according to other accounts, and pictures that I have seen, and not car 99, the 430MEL car. I do not know much of anything about the 3rd 3123cid car, including it's VIN#. Only that it was set up similar to the two cars with VIN# 265 and 266.

Anders
01-04-2011, 04:28 PM
Totally Love them! :cool:

The #98 seems to have been on a auction. Lot # 135.
http://www.finecars.cc/en/editorial/article/news/rms-thursday-evening-auction-results/index.html?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Bpointer%5D=7&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=226&cHash=13d8b1b4e9


While we are into Racing Thunderbirds;

1960_430_AU
01-05-2011, 01:40 AM
Great to see these race car versions of our Birds must have had one hell of a suspension work over :D

Just a quick edit to Ray's post try www.tbirds.com.au

Richard

Penelope
01-05-2011, 06:45 PM
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Just a quick edit to Ray's post try www.tbirds.com.au (http://www.tbirds.com.au)

Richard[/quote]
Richard, it is actually tbirds.com.au - no www required, but it will still get you there!

AVANCIER THUNDERBIRD
01-08-2011, 10:48 PM
I am responding to comments here only to let someone know that the Summer 1975 issue of Thunderbird Illustrated has an extensive article on these cars and others set up for the same purposes. This issue also has a nice story about the SS 60 SR. But the article says #99 had the 430 in it. The article is based on interviews with one of the race mechanics building the Battle Birds and the other racing Baby Birds. It says after they had their time trials for the last time at the Daytona Speed Week in 57, Ford announced they were thru with big time, factory sponsored racing as they had known it........This is all noted in this article that I would guess should have some credibility.

Mark Mundorff
Avancier Thunderbird

According to reports I just read, the Nr. 99 car was the '57 Tbird that had the highly modified 430MEL engine and body in it. This car was destroyed in a crash later on. This is the only picture I have been able to find of it so far. It was a pretty Tbird!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dschultz742/4488751014/

I believe the caption under this car is incorrect. It is my understanding that the only two '57 Tbirds called the "Battlebirds" were the two cars ending with VIN# 265 and 266. They were set up with 312cid engines. It was Car 98, to my understanding, that was involved in that speed trial cited, according to other accounts, and pictures that I have seen, and not car 99, the 430MEL car. I do not know much of anything about the 3rd 3123cid car, including it's VIN#. Only that it was set up similar to the two cars with VIN# 265 and 266.