This is for those car collection enthusiasts out there: If you think your collection needs a new trio of cars that will make you feel like Frank Sinatra strolling through the streets of Hollywood, Worldwide Auctioneers is offering a collection of three stainless steel Fords that that will make you feel like just that -- but with a stainless steel twist that gives off a spaceship feel.
Promoting stainless steel in 1935
Tesla Cybertruck's predecessors' story dates back to 1935. Ford and Allegheny Ludlum Steel had teamed up in order to promote a relatively new material: Stainless steel. In order to do so, the companies made six stainless steel 1936 Ford Deluxe Sedans.
All of them were manufactured with the Pittsburgh-based steel company’s product on their existing assembly lines to "showcase the extreme durability and aesthetic appeal of the new metal."
They were used in the real world to help promote and test the durability of stainless steel. By the time they reach their retirement in 1946, the models were given to Allegheny Ludlum executives. They logged over 200,000 miles (321,869 km).
While it is true that stainless steel hasn't been widespread among car manufacturing due to its hardships such as its cost and difficulty of shaping, that doesn't mean these aren't classic beauties that were complete successes.
Teamed up once again in the 1960s
After getting the taste of success with the original pack, Ford and Allegheny Ludlum would team up once again in the 1960s and produce two more stainless steel 1960 Thunderbirds and three 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertibles.
Looking at them now, it can be seen that the Thunderbirds have over 100,000 miles (160,934 km) on them, with their 60-year-old exhaust intact.
'Extraordinary artifacts from a dynamic era of innovation'
Auctioneer John Kruse stated that the trio are "extraordinary artifacts from a dynamic era of innovation for the both the steel and automotive industries in America."
"After lifetime custodianship, Allegheny Ludlum believes that they deserve to take their place in a significant collection or museum where they can be more widely appreciated in a collector car environment for generations to come, and we are honored to have been entrusted with their sale."
There’s no auction estimate
There hasn't been an estimated price issued yet, but it can be safely assumed that any bidder should expect to bring in a lot of money. The cars, owned by Allegheny Technologies, are being sold in the hopes that "they'll end up in a collection or museum where they'll be more widely appreciated."