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3 Stainless Steel Cars Close Together Are the Coolest Thing You’ll See All Week

Stainless steel has been around in one form or another for over a century, and is presently used for anything from kitchen utensils to construction work. It is, in fact, so common that it is no longer special.
Stainless steel 1936 Ford Deluxe sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible 4 photos
Stainless steel 1936 Ford Deluxe sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and 1967 Lincoln Continental convertibleStainless steel 1936 Ford Deluxe sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and 1967 Lincoln Continental convertibleStainless steel 1936 Ford Deluxe sedan, 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible
Back in the 1930s, though, stainless steel was still top of the line. But its use was also not so widespread, which meant companies working in this field needed to advertise as best they could.

Back then, one of the largest producers of stainless steel in America was Allegheny Ludlum Steel (the company is still around, and it’s called Allegheny Technologies), and it too needed advertising. And what better way to do that than to tie its image to one of the most interesting emerging technology, the automobile?

In a stroke of genius, Allegheny struck a deal with Ford to build stainless steel cars, unpainted of course, as a means to demonstrate how cool, durable and ultimately good looking stainless steel was.

The first result of this deal was a shiny silver 1936 Ford Deluxe sedan. Six of them were made, and since they were in working order, they were used extensively by executives of the steel company for the next decade.

Then, later on, came the similarly-designed 1960 Ford Thunderbird, and the 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible. Two and three examples were made, respectively.

What these cars have in common is the fact that, except for the all-steel bodies, they are equipped with the standard features of their respective lineups, which means they are driveable. And this autumn, one of each model lines will come together to form an incredible trio that will sell as one at an auction.

Worldwide Auctioneers is handling the sale of what it calls the Historic Stainless Steel Trifecta, and the event is scheduled to take place in September in Auburn, Indiana. There is no estimate as to how much the cars are expected to fetch, but we’re guessing it’s going to be a lot, despite being offered without reserve.

 
 
 
 
 

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