THUNDERBIRD TAHOE boat model
Thunderbird is a 55-foot speedboat designed by John
Hacker and built by Huckins in 1939 for Captain
George Whittell--a millionaire who owned most of
Tahoe's east shore at that time.
In 1962, resort-casino owner Bill Harrah purchased
Thunderbird and repowered
her with twin 1000 hp Allison aircraft conversion
engines, allowing a top speed of 70 mph.
In 1979, Buzz and Joan Gibb purchased Thunderbird
and had her completely refurbished. She is now used
for the Gibb's guests and rides on the boat are
donated to worthy causes.
The boat is currently owned by Foundation 36, a
non-profit Nevada trust.
Thunderbird Tahoe model features:
construction (very important)
Heartwood Honduras Mahogany
- All real windows,
not dark decal.
The photo shows the
models that we made for the Boat House in Orlando,
FL in 2015.
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