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History The Ford Monte Carlo

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, May 19, 2010.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,399

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,922


    I like it...Really neat for it's time.
    Thanks for sharing.
  3. Chuckles Garage
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,366

    Chuckles Garage
    Alliance Vendor

    That car is awesome. The steering wheel is pure art!
  4. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Man that is beautiful

    definetly see the european influence

  5. When great design meant something.

    I listen to a car show on Sundays that often interviews designers, truly sad when you hear a GM or Ford designer going off about how the elements of the Ford Flex (a stainless sided box) mean something.
  6. RancheroMan
    Joined: Mar 31, 2006
    Posts: 260


    thought i'd add these from ford show at knotts back in 05.

    some great design work.

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  7. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Does kinda look like a predecessor of the first T-Birds. Beautiful!
  8. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    Both Ford France and Simca produced a slew of gorgeous cars in the 1950s with more than a nod to American influences. Jean Daninos' Facel Metalon had a hand in the building of many of them both before and after the launch of Facel Vega as a marque in it's own right. Below a Simca 8 Sport from 1949 in both convertible and hardtop configurations.


  9. I believe there's a current thread about a HAMBer building something like this out of a shoebox 4 door. Shudder away, Ryan...

    That Simca hardtop is...just...bad...ass...
  10. One of the few cars that doesn´t need to be messed with - they just look right as they are. Rare and very expensive I understand.
  11. James D said it. I don't see much that needs tweeked. In fact at first glance without the back story, one might think it was a long lost custom made from a shoebox.
  12. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal

    Europeian auto companies had several american designers on staff over the years. When a designer was deemed "tapped out'' of fresh ideas, here in the states, he was shipped overseas to England, France or Germany. This pratice resulted in more than a few ''Detroit details'' in overseas vehicle designs. There was also always the hope of a model that could be sold in america to generate badly needed cash. U.S. auto companies also leaned heavily on forgien design & coachbuilding houses for design and prototype work, as they could get fresh ideas and work done for pennys on the american dollar.
    The Comete/ Monte Carlo was just too much money for what was basicly just a sexy Ford in post war Europe. The "Tin Worm'' also considders them a delicacy!

    " Meanwhyle, back aboard The Tainted Pork"
  13. RocketPinstriping
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 83

    from Waco Tx

    i wish i had money, ugh i want the Simca vert! o_O back when style was an [more] important factor for designers and consumers alike. most people nowadays will buy anything... be sure to go to your local Scion dealer and test drive the new 2010 STD!
    108hp and 26mpg.... hell ive seen Studebakers with the old 185 flatty 6 mimic that performance, with 70x more appeal
  14. Alex Yohnk
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 828

    Alex Yohnk

    that's the coolest dashboard I've ever seen.
  15. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    it almost looks like a jenson or austin healy type car. nice looking car just the same.
  16. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
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    pimpin paint
    from so cal

    I don't know about the Cometes, but the Facel Vegas, as built by Facel Metalon, featured painted dashboards that looked like walnut burl or elm.
    You have to look close to tell it from real wood, it's that good!

    " Humpty Dumpty was pushed "
  17. hlfuzzball
    Joined: Jan 27, 2005
    Posts: 215

    from Michigan

    Saw one on the streets of Paris in 1960. Looked outstanding then and still does today.

  18. F1 Flathead
    Joined: Jun 12, 2007
    Posts: 79

    F1 Flathead
    from Michigan

    Notice how the instrument panel wraps into the door trim panel. That's a very modern touch that was way ahead of it's time.
  19. Alex Yohnk
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 828

    Alex Yohnk

    Exactly, but at the same time it says "I'm all business"
  20. Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 970

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    from Dixie

    Reminds me of the Austin A-40 roadster.
  21. I'd cut that car all to hell.
  22. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,937

    pimpin paint
    from so cal

    This design actually sprang from Jensen Motors Ltd. Jensen was a coachbuilder long before it built complete vehicles. Jensen also built on 30's Ford Flathead chassis.

    " Spending a nation into generational debt is not an act of compassion "
  23. There was also the Venus, built in Houston in the 50s, probably inpsired by this car. His son found one and is restoring it. He is a H.A.M.B. member:
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  24. Detroit Chrome
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 5

    Detroit Chrome
    from California

    I was wondering if Facel Metallon is same company what later made Facel Vega.
    I had Facel Vega 1959 HK 500 and it sure looks a lot like this Ford
  25. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    What a gorgeous car! I have been a Ford nut for all my life, and this is the first time I've heard of it.
  26. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,890

    from Tampa, FL

    Like the wheels / knock-offs on the blue coupe, but gold or silver might have been a better color? Any survivors? Gary

    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  27. A friend, Howard 'Buck' Mook has the car that was used by HFII and owned by the company and, later another designer Paul Wong. Not sure where Buck is with the restoration these days. Neat car with the right engine. Thanks for the pictures.
  28. A gorgeous car that was killed by its price, thirst for fuel and especially the French vehicle taxation system, as was Ford's Vedette, and French marques like Hotchkiss and others.
  29. daily_driver
    Joined: Jan 5, 2009
    Posts: 152


    That's just plain neat. Farina designs are always ahead of their time when is comes to style and just plain sexy curves. -dd
  30. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,166


    What a beautiful design both outside and with the spectacular interior. Ford should have sold that here as a Lincoln special model.

    I'd have to agree on both the dash treatment and steering wheel both are very well designed.

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