Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Ford Forty-Nine

The 1949 Ford was a significant model in the company's history. Their first all-new post-war model, it featured revolutionary styling and engineering, and inspired a generation of fresh young motorists to get interested in customising, tuning, cruising and racing.

Fifty years later, Ford released a working design study in homage to the '49. It was designed to evoke the automotive ideals of the era - freedom, progression, exciting glimpses of the future - while also incorporating a key element of the culture of the '49: custom cars. Like the car it pays tribute to, the Forty-Nine concept featured simple lines, elegant yet aggressive proportions and as many modern conveniences as could be stuffed in; LED lights, four-tone leather, digital dials, a massive sound system... and, of course, a Thunderbird-sourced 3.9-litre V8. In the words of J Mays, Ford's Vice President of Design, "the Forty-Nine reminds us of the love affair that generations have had with the open road and the automobile. It remind us of a romance and a passion of the American touring car that is just as thrilling today as it was 50 years ago.”

You can read more about the Forty-Nine here.

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