Originally posted by Z06 Parrot
Looks like a ford thunderbird.
The '53 Corvette came first.. anything after was a copy of the Vette....
The T-Bird debuted in '55.
Although three men are usually credited with creating the Thunderbird: Lewis D. Crusoe (a retired millionaire hired to improve Ford's range); George Walker (chief stylist/Ford VP); and Frank Hershey
(a GM/Packard/Ford designer), it was an ex-GM designer Hershey
who actually designed the Ford Thunderbird.
While walking in the Grand Palais in Paris (October 1951), Crusoe pointed at a sports car and asked Walker, 'Why canâ€™t we have something like that?'
Walker promptly telephoned Ford's HQ in Dearborn and told designer Frank Hershey
about the idea. Hershey
took the idea and began working on a concept, two-seater, open car, with a target weight of 2,525 lb, an Interceptor V8 engine and a top speed of over 100 mph.
Note: November '51, Harley Earl assigns a group within the Body Development Studio to begin designing a GM sports car (Corvette). By Jan. '53, the Corvette is on display at the Motorama Auto Show and to the N.Y. public/press.
Crusoe saw a painted clay model on May 18, 1953, which corresponded closely to the final car. The T-Bird was green-lighted in September, after comparing it with current European trends.
(b. 1907 - d. 1997) was a student of General Motors Vice President of Design Harley Earl.
After leaving GM, Hershey set up his own design firm. Harley Earl attempted to lure Hershey back to GM; Hershey chose not to return only to learn years later that had he returned he would have been Earl's first choice to replace him as GM's Vice President of Design.
After several years with Packard, Hershey went to Ford where he designed the 1953-1957 full sized Fords, and the '55 T-Bird.
While the '55 T-Bird may look like a Corvette, a Corvette never looked like a FORD.
Did you know that the Mustang was a GM concept car, before ex-GM employees at Ford resurrected it?