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White Banjo Matthews Prototype Ford Talladega

This is another rare Ford Talladega Prototype once owned by Banjo Matthews and headed to the Forge Muscle Car Show this fall. This car is shown in its current condition, dust and all. It has been in hiding for years and was recently pulled out of storage and placed in Floyd Garrett Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, TN.

We have previously told you about the red prototype now here are a few pics of the White Banjo Matthews Prototype Talladega. The father son restoration duo of Jason and Clarence Thompson weren’t satisfied with just one prototype from the Banjo Matthews collection, they wanted both and now that is just what they have! Jason just recently purchased this car from Banjo’s son.
This is just what it looked like when Jason got it but after he placed it in the museum.  You will notice the rocker moulding, rear checker board, chrome remote driver side mirror, bucket seats, console, rim blow steering wheel and A/C.  There are more detail changes but lets see how good you are at finding them! If you find additional things you think are different from the production Talladega list it in the comments below.
Jason brought the car from Ashville, to Floyd’s Museum but hasn’t yet had a chance to really check it out.  It had been parked since approximately 1989.

There is very little known about the history of these cars.  If anyone has any information, printed materials or worked on these cars when they were built leave a comment below and we will pass it on to Jason. It is planned that both Banjo Matthews cars will be at the Forge Muscle Car Show in Kingsport, TN this October 1 and 2. You will definitely not want to miss these or the other terrific Talladega and Mercury Spoiler cars that will be on display for the Talladega Family Reunion.
We have some other related big stories coming next week on these and related cars so keep watching you won’t want to miss them.
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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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  1. Richard,
    Looks like it doesn’t have the marker light on the front frender, has a hood scoope and that is has the gear shifter lever on the floor. I wish the production Dega also had rim blow steering wheel, console and gear shifter lever on the floor… looks better 🙂


  2. Very obvious is the omission of the hood blackout and the upper body stripe, assume the Talladega ornamentation was not finalized by then.

    Sure do like it better with buckets and console!

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