Three stain­less-steel Fords to be sold

Spe­cial ve­hi­cles made in lim­ited num­ber as joint project with Pitts­burgh com­pany

The Province - - DRIVING - JIL MCIN­TOSH

Men­tion a stain­less-steel car and most peo­ple think DeLorean, but it wasn’t the first. Start­ing in the 1930s, a few Fords were built of the fu­tur­is­tic ma­te­rial — and now three of them will go up for sale in Septem­ber.

A 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, 1960 Ford Thun­der­bird and 1967 Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal con­vert­ible will be sold as a sin­gle con­sign­ment, with no re­serve, by World­wide Auc­tion­eers at its 13th an­nual

Auburn Auc­tion in Auburn, Ind. The cars were a joint project be­tween Ford and Al­legheny Steel & Iron, based in Pitts­burgh, Penn.

Stain­less steel had been around for a while, but Al­legheny Steel & Iron re­ceived a pa­tent in 1924 and be­came one of the first to use it com­mer­cially in the U.S., in­clud­ing for Ford Model A trim and in the con­struc­tion of the Chrysler Build­ing in New York.

To gain pub­lic­ity for its rel­a­tively new prod­uct, Al­legheny teamed with Ford to make three 1931 Model A sedans, one of which the steel com­pany kept for its ad­ver­tis­ing.

A few years later, Al­legheny con­tracted the au­tomaker to build six 1936 Fords, which it used as demon­stra­tion mod­els into the 1940s.

Now named Al­legheny Lud­lum, the com­pany went back to Ford in 1960 for two Thun­der­birds. The fi­nal stain­less cars were three 1966 Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tals, two of which — in­clud­ing the auc­tion car — were later up­dated with 1967 grilles.

The auc­tion is sched­uled for Sept. 5.

WORLD­WIDE AUC­TIONS

Stain­less-steel cars up for auc­tion are, from left, a 1967 Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal con­vert­ible, a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan and a 1960 Ford Thun­der­bird.

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