The 1964 Fairlane ranges consisted of similar body styles: base Fairlane and Fairlane 500 two-door coupes and four-door sedans, and Fairlane 500 and Sports Coupe two-door hardtops. The Fairlane Squire wagon was dropped, but the standard station wagon was continued. The 221 V8 was dropped after 1963, leaving the six base engine and the 260 as the base V8. The "K-code" 271-horsepower 289 V8 continued into 1964, gaining dual exhausts, while a 195 horsepower version of the 289 with a two-barrell carburetor and hydraulic lifters was introduced. The two-speed Fordomatic continued as the automatic transmission choice for the 260 in 1964, while 289 V8s got the three-speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission option.
Styling-wise, in 1964, a new grille and headlight bezels were introduced, the tail fins were dropped, some chrome decorating on the side was changed, and the shape of the trunk lid changed.
As a special model Ford introduced a Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt for drag racing for 1964, heavily modified to incorporate Ford's 427 CID (7.0 L) V8 race engine with two four-barrel carburetors on a high-riser manifold, ram air through the openings left by deleting the inboard headlights, equal-length headers, trunk-mounted battery, fiberglass hood, doors, fenders and front bumper, acrylic glass windows, and other lightweight options, including deleted rear-door window winders, carpeting, radio, sealant, sun visors, armrests, jack, lug wrench, heater, soundproofing, and passenger-side windshield wiper. The cars wore Fairlane 500 trim, and were only offered with the two-door sedan body. This special model, of which 111 to 127 total were made (sources disagree) delivered 657 hp at 7,500 rpm and was known as the THUNDERBOLT.
Racing in NHRA Super Stock class on 7-inch wide tires, the Thunderbolt was based on the midlevel Fairlane 500 two-door pillared sedan, and in 1964 set elapsed time and top speed records at 11.6 seconds and 124 mph and took the Super Stock title, and won the Manufacturer's Cup; it is probably the one of the quickest and fastest production drag racers ever produced. The car as delivered was in fact slightly too light to meet NHRA's 3200-lb minimum weight unless it was raced with a full tank of gasoline, which would bring it to 3203 lb. NHRA rules at the time required a metal front bumper, so the cars began to be supplied with an aluminum bumper and previous purchasers were supplied with one.
Finally, the NHRA changed the rules to require 500 models of a car to be manufactured for Super Stock competition, and Ford, which had been losing $1500 to $2000 on each Thunderbolt sold at the sticker price of $3900, gave up. The first 11 Thunderbolts were painted maroon (known as Vintage Burgundy in Ford literature), the rest white; 99 had manual transmissions. Many are still raced. About 50 similar Mercury Cylones were also produced by Ford in 1964, destined to be modified to represent Ford in A/FX competition, which they dominated, as well.
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- Manual Three Speed
- Two Speed Fordomatic Automatic and overdrive on the V8 only
- Four Speed
11.08 sec @ 128 mph
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