Car Albums
Ford America
Full menu functions for the buttons above are only available if you ALLOW BLOCKED CONTENT. My menu scripts provide drop-down menus that have been tested with the latest Mozilla browsers. If the scripts do not run, limited navigation is given by these buttons

Designer: George W. Walker
George W. Walker was asked to go and inspect a future Ford design in secret in 1945 and give his opinion. He told Ford what they wanted to hear, that the design was not saleable as a Ford. In a boardroom meeting a suggestion was made to adapt this design to be the new 1949 Mercury, which was done to the displeasure of Gregoire who left the company. George W Walker was then commissioned to produce a new design in quick time, even though he was contracted to rivals Nash and to International Harvester. Walker engaged Dick Caleal recently free from Studebaker, and he got some Studebaker employees to moonlight and help him on the design. There is even a possibility that this Caleal design was actually a fully worked up proposal for a Studebaker model that had been rejected. Whatever the truth, it seems that the Caleal design involved the work of Bob Bourke and Holden 'Bob' koto. The Walker/Caleal proposal in quarter scale form came second to a design by Gregoire and both were then worked up into full scale models, with the Walker proposal undergoing several changes by Joe Oros, including the addition of the spinner in the middle of the grille. George Walker claims credit for the 1949, but what is true is that his team then worked on a new British Ford that was launched as the new Ford Consul/Zephyr models, and then went onto to create the first Ford Thunderbird.
Ford Thunderbird 1956 front
Ford Thunderbird 1956. The Ford Thunderbird was given the new (4.8litre) Y-block V8 engine that was only available in the T-bird and Mercury cars. In 1956 the Y-block was enlarged to (5.1litre)
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
Photos may be purchased from PhotoBox