A 1966 Thunderbird… the Americans built some great convertibles in the 50s and 60s. They’re not really “my thing” especially given that you can’t get one of these with a manual gearbox, but these things are undeniably cool.
Did the sketch and then got a little carried away tarting it up in photoshop.
This was a very nice Series 1 and a half E type, British racing green with a black interior. The 1 and a half Es have the newer unfaired headlamps, but still have the small tail lights that sit above the bumpers. The car was very solid and appeared to be rust free. The paint was cracked and starred in places which made it look slightly tatty, but I suspect that it would require touch ups rather than a full on paint job. I looked it up recently on their site, and this car went for $82,000, which is actually, in the present environment, a reasonably good price.
I’ve always found these cars very difficult to draw. Oh – and that’s an old T-Bird in the background.
A Bricklin. Who’d have thought? Can’t remember the last time I saw one of these…This wasn’t in the best of shape and I don’t say that merely because the passenger side mirror was nesting on the bonnet. It was missing the drivers side door card, and the interior looked very tired (and very 70s… mmm, champagne velour). The gaps were… well, shocking – but that may have been the way it came from the factory. The door worked though. I’ve never opened one of these – it’s operated by a small black rocker switch behind the door, push and the door hisses obligingly (if jerkily) up, press the lower part of the switch and it flops down and closes with an unconvincing “plop”. The exterior was in reasonably good shape (gaps and mirror aside) but the colour was… eww – a kind of faded peachy-beige.
This is a very odd design… it’s remarkably “chunky” looking, but is really quite narrow, which is an odd combination. I can’t help but feel that Triumph referenced this car when styling their TR7 which came out a year after this.
A 1974 TR6 from the Classic Car Auction at the international Centre. This one purports to be a “barn find”, and kinda looked like it – paint had lost its gloss and was liberally chipped, overall appearance was tired. The passenger side rocker was oddly recessed under the door and gaps weren’t great. When you’re talking about something as common as a TR6, I’m unsure of why the admission that the car was forgotten in a barn (or more likely a drafty garage) by some neglectful owner for many years is supposed to stimulate a prospective buyer’s covetous instincts … I suppose I can see it if you’re talking about something of real rarity – but a TR6? Ah well. I suspect that this one was on the road longer than it was in a barn because it was unusual for people to take off the bumper over-riders back when these were new. The car was an unusual colour – sort of a red wine maroon… mind you, the fading and general condition of the paint may have altered it meaningfully from its original state. Will be interested to see what this goes for.
An historic moment – Alonso laps the Indy 500 track. Can’t wait for the race!
Much to my surprise, I have discovered that I actually DID do an illustrator file of this and had completely forgotten, until my wife informed me that she remembered it and I should search the file…Oops.
I did this piece a couple of years ago, thinking I’d take it through Adobe Illustrator and never quite got to it. Perhaps this summer…
Well, that took a little longer than anticipated! Anyway – here it is. Will be interested to see if McLaren actually does use the orange livery this year.
My Williams FW39 concept – McLaren up next.
I’m bowing to public pressure and have raked the rear wing a little. Somehow I’m partial to the traditional “vertical” rear wing, but perhaps this will grow on me.