Ultra-rare stainless-steel Ford collection heads to auction
Back in 1936, Ford and Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Ludlum Steel teamed up to build a stainless-steel Ford 1936 Deluxe Sedan, showcasing the extreme durability and aesthetic appeal of the new metal.
Six stainless steel Fords were produced and given to Allegheny Ludlum executives in 1936, and they proceeded to rack up over 322,000 kilometres in 10 years. Over the next few decades, another five stainless-steel cars were produced bringing the total to eleven.
Three of those are set to go under the hammer at the Worldwide Auctioneers’ Auburn Action in Indiana on September 5. The line-up consists of an original Allegheny Ludlum 1936 saloon, a stainless-steel 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and a 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible - the last stainless-steel car produced.
Both the Thunderbird and the Continental retain their original exhaust systems and show over 160,000 kilometres on the odometer. And other than their T302 stainless steel bodies, these vehicles are otherwise stock. As for the 1936 saloons, there are only four still around today out of the original six.
“They are extraordinary artifacts from a dynamic era of innovation for both the steel and automotive industries in America,” Worldwide Auctioneers says in a press release. “After lifetime custodianship, Allegheny Ludlum believe that they deserve to take their place in a significant collection or museum where they can be more widely appreciated in a collector car environment for generations to come, and we are honoured to have been entrusted with their sale.”