I have to admit, I had never heard of a Thunder Jet until I came across this Torino GT. So for those of you who are like me and never heard the thunder of one of these 429s, here’s a bit of history. In ’68 Ford introduced their new big block, the 385 series. This new engine would take the place of the 428, but was still offered in several performance variants like the outgoing FE series. They kept the Cobra names for the top performers and add the Thunder Jet to the line up as well. This beautiful Torino is packing one of these TJ engines and can be found here on eBay in Springfield, Missouri with bidding to $13k already.
So how much power did the new 385 Series offer? Well the CJ and SCJ were rated at 370 and 375 hp respectively. Ford decided to offer a lower output version of the 429 though, which they decided to call the Thunder Jet. It was rated at just 360 horsepower. It might not have the get up and go of a Cobra, but I’m sure it shakes the ground all the same!
I know I would love to cruise around in this Torino! Just the thought of driving a big block equipped classic like this put a smile on my face. So do you think you could live with just 360 hp or would you need all 375 hp offered by the SCJ to really be happy?