Three historic stainless steel vintage cars will soon go under the hammer at the Auburn Auction in the US next September. This is a rare opportunity for the enthusiast to own a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible, all built in stainless steel by Allegheny Ludlum Inc. from Pittsburg. Perhaps superman is still shy about a few fitting battering rams?
Stainless Steel Classic Cars that Can Actually Take a Beating
If you like steel cars, you have to turn the clock a few decades back. Before the term ‘Built Ford Tough’ was coined not to steel Tesla Cyber Truck. Allegheny Ludlum Steel, based in Pittsburg, teamed up with American auto giant Ford to produce a set of cars so durable it would become the eye catcher of a campaign to demonstrate how robust Ford vehicles could be.
Unlike modern Ford models such as the Ford GT, which try to lose as much weight as possible in the pursuit of performance, the six 1936 Ford Deluxe cars at the center of this campaign were built with solid stainless steel, then ultra-modern material . These cars proved their worth by covering more than 200,000 miles until their retirement in 1946 and survived most of their non-stainless steel body parts and engines. There will of course not have been any paint damage. Of the six cars produced, four remain, of which three will now be auctioned.
The Pittsburg steel company also produced two 1960 Thunderbirds and three 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertibles. The Thunderbirds are made from T302 stainless steel and still have their original exhaust systems after 60 years and over 100,000 miles on the clock. The three 1967 Lincoln Convertibles were the last stainless steel beauties to roll off the line and used all standard equipment, except for the bodywork.
Famous more modern stainless steel cars include the DeLorean DMC-12 designed by Mr.Giorgetto Giugiaro and is constructed from a plastic base covered with polished steel panels. And there is Musk’s Tesla Cybertruck, which uses cold-rolled stainless steel external panels. With the latter it would of course have been nice if Musk had also attracted a designer and for the model and had not left it to someone with a phobia for round lines. Then do us this old stuff, with stainless steel character and stuff.
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