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Does anyone know if Ford ever made/sold a T-Bird supercoupe with a Cobra, Prototype motor in it? Or at least a 4.6L Supercharged motor? My uncle was telling me about a 92-93ish Supercoupe he had that had a 4.6L supercharged engine (cobra motor). Saying it was a prototype and Ford only made a few... and when he traded it in to the dealer, they were really suprised. The dealer mechanic looked at it and said thats what it was. He ended up getting like $12,000'ish in trade value towards it. Is he mistaking it for a V6 supercharged like all the supercoupes? Or did Ford really make these cars?
 

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Note: My uncle never, intentionally makes stuff up. But he could just be mistaken. But the trade value is what suprised me, if thats what the dealer gave him for it. He traded this car in years ago... probably when the car was a few years old?
 

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Well if the car was only a few years old he may have been able to get 12K if it was a super coupe v6 in good condition.
 

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Well if the car was only a few years old he may have been able to get 12K if it was a super coupe v6 in good condition.
Very true. I even said that to him, if he was sure it wasn't a V6. He swore up and down it was a V8. I remember seeing the car as a kid. Was real sharp and looked like new. Didn't pay attn to the engine/sound of it. He said it "hauled ass" though lol. I dunno. I was just curious.
 

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Smells fishy to me, for tons of reasons. No disrespect intended toward your uncle, at all, but I've known a number of guys with the tendency to exaggerate in that same manner. I'd be willing to bet it was a garden variety SC (although even a garden variety SC is pretty slick) with the help of an active imagination, bet he'll make an awesome Grandpa :)
 

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I know they made prototype Thunderbird SVT's, but I don't recall if they were supercharged. I know they had the 4.6 liter though. They were built on an SC body I believe. I think I was told they made 3 prototypes before Ford canned the project. This was back in 95. I believe only two of the three are still in existence. But again, this is only going by what I have heard from various sources. If they did exist they were certainly never sold at dealers.
 

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I know they made prototype Thunderbird SVT's, but I don't recall if they were supercharged. I know they had the 4.6 liter though. They were built on an SC body I believe. I think I was told they made 3 prototypes before Ford canned the project. This was back in 95. I believe only two of the three are still in existence. But again, this is only going by what I have heard from various sources. If they did exist they were certainly never sold at dealers.
There where 3 or 4 prototypes built for the SVT thunderbird. This car was built off a 94-95, with 96-97 side cladding & rear bumper, and the front bumper was a 96-97 front, however, it had foglight openings in the corners. The car also had a cowl hood and 95 headlights. Also, there where cobra R type wheels on it...which can be purchased from the ford racing catalog--the car really was close to production, real close...but it didn't happen. The car had a DOHC 4.6 with a roots blower on it (03 cobra) and a manual transmission. It was not built off of a supercoupe, however. Ford canned the project sometime around 97. If you look in the "fleet of fame" section, there are motortrend articles (and other magazine articles) about the car. The (former) head of SVT has one of them--at least he DID a few years ago. IIRC SirWilliam said that he knew where "the other one" was located--he never said anything else.

Because these cars where prototypes, none where released to the public....there is that one, possibly two that still exist, however, it is unlikely that uncle had any of the actual prototypes. I suppose he could have supercharged a 4.6 tbird....keep in mind the 4.6 didn't come out until 94...he's probably thinking of a supercoupe.




If you look at the red car you see the following:
SHO rear spoiler
96-97/SC tail lights
Cobra R type wheels
94-95 rear bumper
96-97 side cladding
96-97 front bumper, the way they should have made them, with foglight holes
94-95 headlights
Cobra R type hood, setup for 94-95 headlights
94-95 door handles.
 

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Yea, id say it was just a normal Supercoupe. He should have kept it reguardless. Was in mint condition, 5 speed, some variation of red. Im sure its been driven to hell and back by now though :(.
 

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let me clear some things up. there was never a SVT tbird, it never got out of the special vehicle engenering stages so it was still a SVE car. second there were 5 built, 2 still remain as of the last time i talked to my inside source. they never had a blower on them. john coletti (head of svt at the time) took one of them after the program was cancelled and he had the supercharger put on.
 

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let me clear some things up. there was never a SVT tbird, it never got out of the special vehicle engenering stages so it was still a SVE car. second there were 5 built, 2 still remain as of the last time i talked to my inside source. they never had a blower on them. john coletti (head of svt at the time) took one of them after the program was cancelled and he had the supercharger put on.
Interesting--is there any way you could get photos of the car? A decent write up would be cool--I mean, themustangsource.com (I think that's who) was able to get an interview with Coletti--maybe TCCoA could do the same for the SVE bird, eh?
 

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If you want one of these you'll have to build your own... :D
 

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I remember seeing one at Carlisle at the Ford Racing trailer back many years ago, I think it was 2000 or 2001 that I was there.
 

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Why dosent someone just call John Vermeersch? He built the cars and hes still in business on groesbeck highway in Mt Clemens Michigan. Who knows maybe he'd tell someone the details about the cars.
 

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I don't remember any prototype Bird's/cougar's in those years with a 4.6L Not saying that it isn't possible. I do remember that mag article about the bird that nearly was.
 
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