|The first cars were 427 cubic inch 1964 Fairlane 500 two door sedans of which Romy Hammes-Brannan had the first. The first cars were delivered to team members in late October 1963. The original cars were never delivered as, or named "Thunderbolts". The Thunderbolt name was suggested later for the team cars and all members liked the name. When Dearborn Steal started producing the cars as a Dealer offered option, the name stuck and the rest of the cars also became known as "Thunderbolts. The first ten cars were maroon and the rest (117) were white.