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The Marvelous $13.2 Million Semi: THOR – Redefining Customs

The extraordinary semi creation THOR 24, boasts a astonishing 3,974 horsepower and 24 cylinders, and commanded a astounding final price of $13.2 million. Crafted by the visionary Southern California land developer, Mike Harrah, and brought to life over a seven-year period by the talented team of Tim Spinks and Paul Abram, THOR 24 is not your average big rig.

Crafted by the visionary Southern California land developer, Mike Harrah, and brought to life over a seven-year period by the talented team of Tim Spinks and Paul Abram, THOR 24 is not your average big rig. The truck boasts not one, but two 14.0-liter V-12 Detroit Diesel engines, each featuring an impressive stock twin Roots-type blower between the cylinder banks. But that wasn’t enough for Mike Harrah. He took it to a whole new level by adding eight BDS 8-71 superchargers, bringing the total to a mind-boggling 12 blowers.

The design process involved meticulous attention to detail, and THOR 24 features numerous eye-catching elements that make it stand out in a league of its own. From the oversized 1933 Ford-style grille to a chrome roof-mounted spoiler, spiked lugnuts, and a stunning mural of its namesake Norse god, Thor, on the back of the truck, it’s a rolling work of art. Inside the cab, passengers are treated to a luxurious environment with a 1,500-watt audio system, seven video screens, and an abundance of LED lighting.

The sheer power of THOR 24 necessitated a customized independent suspension, a manual gearbox, and power disc brakes. The 44-foot-long Peterbilt chassis, weighing a staggering 32,000 pounds, boasts a top speed of 130 mph when its nitrous boost system is activated. The inclusion of four 12-foot drag parachutes further emphasizes the truck’s unique capability to slow down after high-speed Vmax runs.

At the recent auction, THOR 24 stole the show, reaching an impressive $13.2 million, including the buyer’s premium. However, despite this remarkable achievement, the rest of the auction witnessed minimal activity, with only three percent of the 120-car inventory finding new owners. Notably, the auction set a world record for the highest-priced custom vehicle ever sold, but also reflected the challenges of introducing the auction format to the Saudi Arabian market.

THOR 24’s striking appearance and unmatched powertrain captivate the imagination of any car enthusiast, evoking a sense of wonder reminiscent of Howard Hughes’ iconic H-4 Hercules (the Spruce Goose) flying over Long Beach Harbor in 1947. The colossal truck’s impressive specs include a chromed Allison HT740 transmission, a VanHool A-arm type suspension system, and Alcoa aluminum wheels adorned with high-performance tires.

Within the cab, Big Mike’s profile stands proudly engraved in the polished aluminum instrument panel, accompanied by an array of Autometer gauges. A Conan-style double-edged broadsword serves as the truck’s shifter, alongside numerous chromed skulls and axes, adding a distinct and fierce personality to THOR 24.

As if THOR 24 isn’t astonishing enough, Mike Harrah is already working on another ambitious project, a mid-engine version known as Medusa. This drag-racing beast will feature another twin 12V-71 layout, continuing Harrah’s tradition of dreaming big and pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering.

The legacy of THOR 24 has left an indelible mark on the world of custom trucks, showcasing the power of imagination and engineering prowess. Its $13.2 million price tag may seem astronomical, but it is a testament to the boundless creativity and dedication that went into crafting this marvel on wheels. As car enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of Medusa, it’s clear that the THOR saga is far from over, and the world can’t wait to witness more from Big Mike’s incredible automotive visions.

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