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The DeLorean was not the First!

The Delorean was NOT the first stainless steel car!

Back in Stock! Click Here!While I was at CORROSION 2002 (NACE) in Denver I had a chance to see one of six 1936 Fords that were made with a stainless steel body. The car was in the booth of Allegheny Technologies. It was a 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedan and all the body panels were stainless, manufactured by the Allegheny Ludlum Steel Division, of course. You can read more about it on the Allegheny Technologies website.

Although the stainless was corrosion free, the chrome plated grill and bumpers did not fare as well: There were definite signs of rust! (You can almost see it on the grill and on the 'nerf bars' on the bumper in the enlarged version of the picture, below.) The car had been buffed and polished for the show, but small scratches on the stainless showed the circular motions used! John DeLorean was quite wise in using brushed stainless! Fingerprints don't show as readily, and as long as polishing is done with the grain, polishing streaks don't show either! 

Ford also collaborated with Allegheny Ludlum to fabricate a stainless version of a 1960 Thunderbird and, in 1967, a Lincoln Continental Convertible. With any luck, Allegheny Technologies will bring a different stainless steel Ford in 2005!


Bob with the 1936 Stainless Steel Ford. Click here for a larger view.

Here I am in my NACE finest, standing next to the 1936 Stainless Steel Ford. Click on the picture for a larger view.

You can also  check out some  pictures on the Allegheny website or at Velocity Automotive Journal.

Thanks to Allegheny Technologies for showing the car and allowing it to be photographed and to Pete Peterson for taking the picture


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