Without question this was the standout car at the First Annual Ford Talladega Family Reunion held in conjunction with the 2010 Forge Muscle Car Show. This car was restored by and is owned by Jason Thompson. Jason also owns the another unrestored Talladega prototype, a white Banjo Matthews car.
Ford built this car on September 25, 1969 several months prior to the production of the First Talladega on January 22, 1969. You can’t look at this car in its beautiful bright red paint with the custom “C” stripe on the side without wishing Ford would have built them all this way. Can you imagine how the Talladega would be received today with bucket seats, air conditioning and bright exterior colors?
Here are some of the unique features on this prototype that make it different from the production Talladega.
-rocker panels were modified by hand and covered up with a rocker molding;
-the car has GT trim;
-bucket seats and console;
-rimblow steering wheel and tachometer;
-hood scoop with ram air (only ram air Talladega built);
-different rear panel trim;
-different front end, appears the same but all panels are different from production;
-no hood latch, only hood pins, and;
-bright red paint with white “C” stripes.
Not only is this a rare piece of history but its restoration has been completed by Jason and his father Clarence to a very high standard.
THANK YOU for saving this once lost piece of automotive history.
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The white Talladega shown in the photos below is the second Banjo Matthews prototype also owned by Jason. It is currently in the same condition it was when Jason and his father located the car in the summer of 2010. It is expected the restoration-duo will soon be documenting and restoring this car.
The white prototype has many of the same differences as the red car and is believed to me the car used in all of Ford’s early marketing and sales brochures for the Talladega.