A.J. Lanier’s ’55 Thunderbird
So here’s a random find… I was thumbing through a 1961 Trend Book publication and found two shots of A.J. Lanier’s ’55 Thunderbird. A.J. was a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and had Monarc Motors Body Shop in Monrovia, California transform his Bird from a stocker to a Euro-inspired stunner. It’s one of those rare instances when someone restyles a sports car and ends at a spot further down the road than Detroit was able to go.
I mean, this damned thing looks like a Ferrari of the same vintage. Those are BMW headlights oddly enough… and they flow perfectly into the custom formed hood featuring long Italian inspired scoops and buldges and… The damned thing is flirting with perfection – right?
I think the tube grille could be improved and the taillights contradict the simple lines a little too much for my tastes, but otherwise? 1955 Thunderbirds don’t get much better than this. I’ve tried like hell to find more photos, but Google didn’t oblige. Maybe you guys know more of its history?