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Thunderbird Italien

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I've never seen this show car before. Just ran across it on YouTube. Very good looking, imo.

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You really dislike the production 'bulletbird' that much, Camino ?? I've always liked them, right after the 1st gens.

This fastback roofline works well, tho the greenhouse is a bit large on the less-than-fullsize body of the TB. I'd prefer a Sports Roadster here.

>>"The “Italien” was designed and built by Vince Gardner at the Dearborn Steel Tubing Company, an outsourcing contractor responsible for various non-assembly line Ford concepts, including the 1964 Ford Thunderbolt and Mercury Super Cyclone. It was showcased in Ford’s 1962-63 “Custom Car Caravan,” numerous Autoramas across the country and in the 1964 New York World Fair’s “Cavalcade of Custom Cars.”

While most Ford concept cars were destroyed after their world tours, the “Italien” was rescued by actor Dale Robertson of TV’s “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Wagon Train” and “JJ Starbuck.” Tom Maruska purchased it from noted Ford collector Don Chambers in January 2006, and restored it to original specifications.

It will be the first documented public appearance (2007) since its showing at the World’s Fair in 1964."<<

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That's pretty sweet...I'd seen a couple B&W photos of that car before, never in color. I like the '61-63 style, but prefer the '64-66 and '67-69 generations. I don't care for the nosy '70-71.

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