Colin Neale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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