The ebb and flow of Continental proposals that never saw production.
Axe the Continental. Full steam on the Edsel.
Henry Ford’s soy bean, lightweight, $400 car. Concrete molds. Didn’t smell so good.
That these cars represented an opposite design philosophy from Harley Earl’s show cars from the same era would be an understatement.
We don’t need no stinkin’ seat belts.
Just get the right guy to like it.
Last minute all-nighter clay marathon. “Vertical stabilizers.”
Alex Tremulis—Antics at Ford
The D-523 Cougar—From Styling Study to show car to movie star.
The back story to the Continental Mark II retractable hardtop.
Gil Spear’s Retractable Hardtop Presentation and resulting Sytris 3/8-scale Model.
The controversy over who designed the 1949 Ford.
Corporate politics and the aborted Mark IX.
The mystery of the Mystere revealed.
George Barris answers questions about the acquisition and development of the Batmobile in a 1995 interview.
The story of how Futura, the belle of the ball, turns into Creuella, the Batmobile.
Inspired by a Bahama’s fishing trip with Bill Mitchell. Bill Schmidt came back with an idea for the Futura; Mitchell with an idea that lead to the XP-755.
McNamara had clay models created to test parts interchangeability between car models (like GM).
“On seeing the ‘59 Chevrolet clay model, Ford designers soon convinced themselves that GM had somehow caught on to what Ford was doing and was purposely trying to mislead them.”
Some 900 new 1936 Lincoln-Zephyrs also went overseas—shipped in crates.
Highlights of the career of Mac Thompson—Ford Designer from 1956–1985.