One of two produced, this 1960 Ford Thunderbird features a body clad in stainless-steel which includes the massive front and rear bumpers.

One of two produced, this 1960 Ford Thunderbird features a body clad in stainless-steel which includes the massive front and rear bumpers.

Long before John Z. DeLorean developed his stainless-steel-bodied DMC-12 gullwing coupes, an American company that wanted to promote the beauty and durability of this useful metal created several spectacular automobiles with Ford Motor Co.

Starting in 1936, Allegheny-Ludlum used this miracle metal to promote some of the many applications possible with the revolutionary material. Stainless-steel would retain its shine while remaining resistive to the usual corrosion and rust caused by the elements, and it looked good in the process. Working with Ford Motor Co., a total of nine automobiles were assembled using stainless-steel for all of the external body parts of the cars. These included six 1936 Ford Deluxe Tudors (two-door sedans), a pair of 1960 Thunderbird hardtop coupes and one 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible sedan.



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