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Old Nov 11, 2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default A Couple of Interesting Vehicles

Move over Delorean. You weren't the first to see the advantages of a stainless steel car body. That honor belongs to the executives of Allegheny Steel and Ford. In 1939, Allegheny Steel and Ford produced six of these sedans to promote the stainless steel sold by Allegheny. Each of the six was assigned to a regional Allegheny sales office to be used by sales executives. When the cars were retired in 1947, each of them had more than 200,000 miles on them with the steel bodies still gleaming.

This one is on exhibit at the Heinz History Place in downtown Pittsburgh. The companies would later produce stainless steel 1958 T-Birds and 1965 Lincoln Town Cars.

Another interesting car on display at the Heinz museum is the 1940 Bantam Overland Reconnaissance vehicle produced for the Army in response to a request for a four-wheel drive general purpose vehicle (jeep). The Army was pleased with the Bantam's performance, but feared the Butler, PA, company could not produce it in sufficient numbers.

Bantam wound up producing 2675 of the vehicles. Design elements were shared with Ford Motor Company and Willys Overland when war broke out, and more than 600,000 of the jeeps were turned out for the American war effort.

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Old Nov 12, 2009, 6:32 AM   #2
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Fascinating history, and well photographed as well! Especially interesting use of light on the stainless vehicle.
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You nailed the exposures Paul..the lighting is perfect.
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Paul, you did a great job shooting these!
Also, I learned something new. I wasn't aware of the stainless models.
Thank you for sharing these.

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Thanks Paul for the great photos and the fascinating lesson.
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Old Nov 16, 2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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Paul nice photos and story. The shot of the 39 Ford is wonderful.

I visited the Allegheny mills several times in the mid 60's and remember the SS Thunderbird on display in the lobby.

Thanks for the memories!

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This one is on exhibit at the Heinz History Place in downtown Pittsburgh
Thought I recognized that place. Nice captures.
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