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Ford’s first Black designer helped pen the original Bronco

Young designer also contributed to concepts for a cab-forward truck, the Mustang and the legendary GT40 BY MARK MAYNARD The endearing and enduring success of the Ford Bronco has roots in its earliest design by the first African American designer hired at Ford Motor Co. In 1956, McKinley Thompson Jr. had just graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., with a degree in transportation design. Among Thompson’s more noteworthy projects was the Bronco...

Vin Car Pic: 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera Convertible

The Buick Roadmaster received its first major postwar restyling in 1949, according to Wikipedia. Its wheelbase and overall length were reduced but its weight was actually marginally increased. The biggest change was a much larger two-piece, curved glass windshield that the sales brochure described as like an “observation car.” It was also in 1949 that Buick introduced “VentiPorts.” Four were displayed on each of the Roadmaster’s front fenders, with three on the fenders of the...

Vin Car Pic: 1949 Ford

The 1949 Ford was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, according to Wikipedia. Civilian production had been suspended during the war and the 1946 through1948 models from Ford, GM, and Chrysler were updates of their pre-war models. Popularly called the “Shoebox Ford” for its slab-sided “ponton” design, the 1949 Ford is credited with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated...