The Ford Thunderbird FAB1 car arrived at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire


Thursday 16th December 2004

The Ford Thunderbird FAB1 car arrived at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire. The pink stretch limousine was commissioned for Lady Penelope for the Thunderbirds movie. Ford Motor Company supplied the full-sized prop, which was a heavily modified, 11th-generation Ford Thunderbird. The vehicle was fully functional and roadworthy, and appeared in a segment of the motoring TV series Top Gear, during which it was road-tested by James May. May noted that it was not the most practical of cars, its excessive length making it difficult to drive through small English villages. The registration mark FAB 1, originally issued in July 1946 and later assigned to a white Jaguar XJ6 before the number was then purchased by Chris Evans in 2012 for the sum of £75,000. FAB 1 was temporarily assigned to a Rolls Royce Phantom during 2013. Rolls Royce donated the bespoke pink vehicle for a year to be used for breast cancer awareness. The registration is currently not assigned to a vehicle.


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