The British-born designer and ex-head of design for Ford has died, aged 89.
Colin Neale worked at the Briggs Motor Bodies company in the 1950s when Ford took over. He was made chief stylist, and his work influenced many of Ford’s best-selling models. He designed the Consul Classic as well as the Zephyr/Zodiac MkII. His initial concepts even helped the American company design the iconic Ford Mustang, as well as the equally iconic Ford Anglia.
In 1961, Neale left Ford to join Chrysler, where he was in charge of pioneering experiments including a car that had a collapsible steering wheel. He then left Chrysler in 1977, but he kept working as a designer well into his later years. He retired in 2006 at the age of 80.