Final Up to date on September three, 2019
Petrolhead Dave Harrison has owned many spectacular vehicles together with a Lamborghini, Ferrari, AC Cobra and GT40 — however none has generated the degrees of curiosity as his newest supercar, an unbelievable Thunderbird 2 reproduction.
The Thunderbird 2, which has been proven up and down the nation, in all places from Goodwood and Silvertone to Birmingham NEC and London Excel, is an incredible building.
Thunderbird 2 constructed round a Toyota Previa
The metallic physique is constructed round a 1994 Toyota Previa, boasting a 2438cc petrol engine paired with automated transition — this Thunderbird is absolutely able to go.
Myriad specs embrace Thunderbird inexperienced paint-job with yellow quantity “2s”, coordinated dashboard and seats, and Thunderbird mattress within the rear cabin with a roof mounted DVD system so you’ll be able to watch your favorite episode of the 1960s scifi “digital marionette” puppet present.
The largest head turner on the street additionally has porthole facet home windows, rear view digital camera and in-built sound system making the creation distinctive, an entire one off (after Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s actual factor!).
Thunderbird 2’s Worldwide Rescue pilot Virgil Tracy would have been proud to have set off within the jet’s newest incarnation.
Much more so as a result of it’s taxed MOTed and fully street authorized. In actual fact, it’s a pleasure to drive as Dave defined: “The efficiency is excellent because the Toyota 2.four petrol engine has plenty of torque, it cruises at 70mph within the motorway and I assume I get about 30 to the gallon which isn’t unhealthy.”
‘Once I was provided Thunderbird 2 I needed to have it’
Dave owns Whole Headturners, a traditional and reproduction automobile storage specialising in very uncommon fashions, so the Thunderbird 2 was a pure match: “I really like vehicles which can be completely different and when the man who constructed it provided it to me, I needed to have it.
“I’ve owned it for round a 12 months and used it for exhibits and promotional work and some enjoyable days out, it turns extra heads than another automobile I’ve ever owned and that features the supercars.
“Response to the automobile from members of the general public is unbelievable, within the excessive road it creates a celebration ambiance as everybody comes over and takes photos and talks about it with massive smiles on their faces.
“You wouldn’t imagine the response till you see it for your self. It mesmerises folks, takes a few of them again to their childhoods. I’ve seen folks stroll into one another as they stare in amazement at it driving previous.”
Subsequent up? Maybe Woman Penelope’s pink limo
Dave, from Epping in Essex, has 5 youngsters and they’re dedicated to the automobile too, although they don’t get to trip in it too typically.
He defined: “The Thunderbird is only for enjoyable. I drive a Vary Rover for work and love driving an AC Cobra in my spare time.” His dream automobile, in the meantime, can be a Bugatti Veyron.
And if he had been to get one other novelty automobile: “I’d love a reproduction of Woman Penelope’s limo full with a lookalike of Parker the chauffeur and the well-known FAB 1 quantity plate. However I doubt even that may be as a lot of a head turner as Thunderbird 2.”
Insuring your Thunderbird 2 and different reproduction vehicles
Insuring one thing as uncommon because the Thunderbird 2 most likely wouldn’t value as a lot as you may think.
As a result of they’re owned by collectors and fans who’ve invested plenty of money and time in them, the modified automobile insurance coverage specialists at Adrian Flux realise they’ll take nice care of them.
They will additionally make strategies on methods to make financial savings on the price of cowl by suggesting plenty of methods to qualify for further reductions.
Adrian Flux gave a pattern quote of £400* a 12 months for insuring the Thunderbird as a second automobile for an workplace employee within the postcode PE30, of 50 years of age and holding most No Claims Low cost on their first car.
*This quote is a information solely as costs will differ in line with particular person circumstances.
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