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Old 05-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default The 1953 Ford Vega



Alright Ryan, I'm piggy-backing off your great Ford Comete Monte Carlo post from yesterday. There was another European-inspired Ford prototype that came a mere two years after the '51 Comete called th...

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Old 05-20-2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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Very sweet looking... the grill is awesome, almost Buick like...the body seems kind of English looking to me, or maybe it's just that it influenced them
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:32 AM   #3
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This car was at Hershey fall show many years ago. I think that's an AACA badge on the front. As I remember the owner was from N.Y. and the car sounded excellant. Lots of people questioned the authenticity, because of the engine.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:39 AM   #4
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WOW, what a body! That car is drop-dead gorgeous!

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Old 05-20-2010, 10:40 AM   #5
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Wow, a very attractive mix of what appears to be morgan and jaguar lines, looks like those comanies may have run with a few of the lines later in the decade as well.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:54 AM   #6
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Thats slicker-n-snot on a glass door knob. I'll take one....
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:18 AM   #7
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Wow. I love the interior. Look for a shifter of similar design on my finished coupe. (someday)
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:20 PM   #8
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Pretty car, and unfamiliar to me. I particularly like the rear bumperettes, although the taillights are pretty vulnerable.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:44 PM   #9
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Nice, it shows what a designer could do when the bean counter wasn't breathing over his shoulder.
I think the design may have influenced some of the cars mentioned in the previous posts. As is often obvious, what comes out of a design house as a design exercise often gets emulated by other designers from other manufactures. And as shown by the hidden headlights designers tend to use their trademark items in later designs.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:08 PM   #10
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Definitely influenced by the MGA,
The only sin was it did not go into production.
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i want two of those, it kinda looks like a vette
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:38 PM   #12
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Very sweet looking... the grill is awesome, almost Buick like...the body seems kind of English looking to me, or maybe it's just that it influenced them
Have a look at a Nash Healey, Austin Healey 100 and AC Ace (the car the Cobra was based on) which all show similar styling themes. As gorgeous as the Vega is, Ford made the right decision in building the original T-Bird and later, the Mustang, using off-the-shelf parts. Still it's a work of art, isn't it?
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:21 PM   #13
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Another obscure Ford I never knew existed! From the rear quarter view it kind of looks like an elongated A/C Cobra...especially aft of the door opening.
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:54 PM   #14
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Default Re: The 1953 Ford Vega

Looks like a vette no way!!!!!! If that car had come out with the vette in 54 it would have spanked. V-8 comparied to a straight 6. I would have loved to see that. Question how does the shifter work? Knuck from indiana.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:28 PM   #15
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Default Re: The 1953 Ford Vega

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... Look for a shifter of similar design on my finished coupe.
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... Question how does the shifter work?
Yeah, I noticed that shifter too, interesting set-up.
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:39 PM   #16
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interesting set-up ALL RIGHT. DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE A IDEA HOW THIS WORKS I WOULD LOVE TO PUT ONE ON THE COUPE IT WOULD SAVE ME THE CUTTING OF THE CENTER SECTION OF MY BENCH SEAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:51 PM   #17
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Kind of reminds me of a Kellison body.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:11 PM   #18
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Default Re: The 1953 Ford Vega

Interesting that GM later used both the Monte Carlo and Vega monikers from those Ford prototypes. There must be a story behind that.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:15 PM   #19
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Default Re: The 1953 Ford Vega

what a suprise it would be to see that car at a concourse and see a flathead under the hood. not what I would expect at all.

needs a set of Ardun heads...

maybe a blower.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:05 PM   #20
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Hey,

If I remember correctly (probably not!) the Ford Vega was an answer to a design challenge issued by HFII. The spec. wa s for an open two seater sports model. I don't remember if Gardner handled all of the design details, but remember the body was made of aluminum and that it was originally built on a English Ford (Popular/Anglia) chassis.

Vince Gardener could well have handeled all the mock-up, as he was a very skilled modeler and prototype builder. It's sad he never got the aclaim he should have, and sadder still ruled by his demons that he chose to take his own life.

The magazine "Collectable Automobile" did a piece on this vehicle some years back, but hell if I can remember when!

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