These stunning stainless steel cars are all going up for auction

In 1935, Ford partnered up with a company called Allegheny Ludlum Steel to advocate and promote the use of stainless steel, still relatively rare and uncommon in those days, and in order to showcase the "durability and appeal of the new metal", Ford and Allegheny Ludlum decided to build three special edition cars made entirely out of steel.

They began with the 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan, they first model they built together, and only a limited number of examples were built, mostly driven by executives of both companies. Only four are known to exist today, one of which, the car you see here, was actually retained by Allegheny themselves.

In the 1960s, Ford and Allegheny Ludlum decided to give it another go, nearly thirty years after the first prototypes, and went on to produce stainless steel versions of the 1960 Ford Thunderbird and of 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible. They built two Thunderbirds, each with over 100,000 miles on the clock and still using the original exhaust systems, and a few Continentals, which were stock except for the stainless steel bodywork.

Three of these cars, one of each, are going to be sold at auction, without reserve, at the Auburn Auction in September and according to auctioneer John Kruse, these cars are amazing "artifacts from a dynamic era of innovation for the both the steel and automotive industries in America". How much would you pay for these cars? Let me know in the comments.

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Comments (18)

  • I’ve actually seen these cars in person. They were on display in a museum in Cleveland. They were really a sight to see. There was a DeLorean there too.

      12 days ago
    • I'm curious. Are they as good as they are in pictures or better? Or worse?

        12 days ago
    • Well the lighting wasn’t that great in there. I did see a couple little dings in them but they were overall pretty cool to look at.

        12 days ago
  • They are very beautiful, especially that Thunderbird. The stainless steel makes it look even more like a rocket ship. But can you imagine the fingerprints that would get on them? 😄

      11 days ago