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History A.J. Lanier's '55 Thunderbird

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,178

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    A.J. Lanier's '55 Thunderbird


    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
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  2. Big Plan Dan
    Joined: Sep 16, 2015
    Posts: 122

    Big Plan Dan

    If roles were reversed - if this body was a stocker and then customized to look like what the stock version actually looks like, I'd be very approving. In other words, I think the stock version looks better than this. It seems as though they made modifications just for the sake of making modifications.
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  3. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,178

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    On the ass end, I would agree with you... But on that front end? Man... I love that hood and those headlights...
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  4. hansboomer
    Joined: Nov 15, 2008
    Posts: 63

    from new york

    The headlights look great, the grill and taillights not so much. I don't know what to do about the taillights, but if it had a 55 Chevy grill it would look like a Ferrari.
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  5. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,061


    Sorry Ryan the fins are just friggin' hideous! However, I do like the headlight treatment. But, God help me, those fins just gotta go...
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  6. This is a 57 Ferrari 250 GT, now if he had copied these fins, maybe with MG tail lights, the T-Bird would have totally made the mark
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  7. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 958


    I think they were going for a 53 Vette front end kind of look... The back end I could live without and I have to agree that for me the original looked better.
  8. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,136


    The front is OK, but that ass is god awful.When I first saw the pic, I thought it was a Sunbeam Tiger with a grille treatment. I'll take the original, all that car did was create a job for Mr. Bad Torch at Monarc Motors ;)
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  9. The headlights are Hella units. They were aalso used on VW's from '47 through '67. Hella was a large company in Europe that made auto electric components.
  10. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,659


    Being an open minded artist type myself I thinks its a beautiful Custom. One mans vision of perfection and it caught your eye. I always look at these vintage creations and see things that were influencers as you said Ferrari for instance. I think of the 57 Chev with its Hood spears that my buddy smoothed over are reminiscent of those on this car.

    The person who created this may have had roots in Europe with a love of North American design and went for the best of both worlds because he could.

    Two pics and where is the car now...evolving is full of dead end streets. Hopefully a bit more history may pop up but as we have seen life is short for many of these shining examples of the Custom/Hotrod past.

    Thanks for sharing this.
  11. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,128


    The biggest problem with T-Birds is that 99.999% of them are bone stock (boring). I'm finally seeing one that isn't and it's as ugly as a mud rail fence.
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  12. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 13,100

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    if he had rounded the quarters down, sort of a mirror image of the front fender it might finish the look off. i like it better than the original, it makes me think of the car in "get smart".
  13. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,128


    The front looks like an eight year old kids version of a '53 Corvette.
  14. Those headlights are defiantly VW Bug. I'd like to see the BMW that they supposedly came on.
  15. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 527


    You forgot a pic:

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  16. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,984

    from Tacoma, WA

    1954-64 BMW 501 and 502

    As to the car at hand, I actually really like the front end, although I think it would be better if they lost the center hood scoop and left just the bulges. The back is a train wreck, as has been stated plenty.
  17. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 17,558


    Agreed. Not feeling it.
  18. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,088


    I agree on the grill, open and molded would have been better in my minds eye.

    That said if someone did that today would call him a gold chainer wouldn't we.

    Cool car generally speaking. :cool:
  19. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 2,639

    anthony myrick
    from al

    well. it is a t-bird
    cool headlights
    although the remind me of all the 90s benz headlights that ended up in cars
    I gave tons of those things away when i worked in a benz shop
  20. tbirddragracer
    Joined: Jul 25, 2013
    Posts: 15


    I don't like any part of this car. Could have been better based on
    the car they used.
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  21. Not the same headlights, but close. The T bird definitely has VW headlights. I like the front regardless of what headlights are in it., but maybe not the back.
  22. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 4,573


    As for Ferrari influence...
    Bertolucci 'Vette.


    Ferrari GTO...

    Last edited: Jul 14, 2018 at 9:45 PM
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