Truck insurance specialist NTI  that it’s the last chance for motoring enthusiasts to get their hands on the wheel of a highly sought-after 1946 Ford Jailbar truck, with  the vehicle nicknamed ‘Bonnie’  set to be raffled in Townsville this weekend, on the 7th July.

The black dual cab 4×4, is said to be valued at $200,000,  which has been fully restored is being raffled for Motor Neurone Disease research by  NTI.

NTI’s chief customer officer, Janelle Greene, said the organisation had raised more than $2 million in six years, with Bonnie the seventh truck to be raffled so far.

“Bonnie is truly one-of-kind,” Greene said.

“It was one of the first vehicles we restored and it has gained a large following after appearing at events across the country as NTI’s promo vehicle,” she said.

“We’re always asked by fans if we’d be up for selling her, and given she is in such demand, we thought we would put her popularity to good use, to help fundraise for this vital cause. We also wanted to say a special thank you to our supporters whose generosity set a new fundraising record last year,” she added.

It took 2,500 hours to turn Bonnie into what it is today – an on and off-road vehicle with the latest technology which pays homage to its vintage heritage. Bonnie features a custom-made bonnet, tub tray, side steps and rear guards, and a lengthened cab to accommodate two rear doors.

The interior is kitted out with a full leather trim, air conditioning and touch screen media. Under the bonnet is a 5.2 litre turbo diesel engine,  which the team says has enhanced its off-road capabilities, turning it in to a 4WD with a 6.5 tonne electric winch, LED spotlights, and rear air suspension.

Last year’s truck, a lava orange Chevrolet named ‘Daphne’, raised almost $600,000 and NTI is hoping Bonnie’s ticket sales will generate a similar amount this year. “The money raised is used to fund NTI’s official research grant, administered through the MND and Me Foundation,” Greene explained.

“Every day in Australia two people die, and another two are diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. It’s time we found treatment options and ultimately a cure,” she concluded.