Sunday, March 20, 2011

Weird Ford Trucks from Brazil

I'll just let these pictures speak for themselves.  Click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.  Enjoy!


Although most of these pictures were taken in front of a Ford factory in Brazil, I understand that they are NOT prototypes.  There are some really good ideas in here, including the truck-based cars (with trunks!).  I see a niche industry there in the US.

Suicide doors!!
Suicide doors!!
 
















How about some "suburbans"?  Check out the rear end styling treatments.









More suicide doors!



These pictures were stolen borrowed from Blog dos Carros Antigos car blog.  There are more pictures over there.  Give it a visit if your Portuguese is good.

UPDATE: Here's another weird Ford truck I found in Brazil while cruising Google Earth Street View.  I've seen quite a few of these down there but don't know if it's strictly a factory or aftermarket job.



UPDATE: This one isn't from the above site, but I've included it anyway as an afterthought.  I *think* it's from Mexico.  I sure wish they had this one in the US.  


3 comments:

  1. Seems to me these great trucks would have sold very well in the US. Why didn't they import them? I remember in 62 I saw new Galaxies at my local ford store with stickers in the back window;
    "made in texas by texans" Imports of all kind were discouraged until the late 60s.
    Thanks for an Excellent article w wonderful photos.

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  2. Those crew-cab conversions were artesanally-made. Only Chevrolet and Willys offered crew-cabs straight from the factory in Brazil during the 60's, with 3-door cabs, altough they didn't have a rear suicide-door layout. Later, aftermarket conversions started to become prevalent until the 90's when Japanese trucks started to dominate the market. Crew-cab versions of the S-10 were specifically developed to meet a Brazilian market need.

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  3. Ford Brazil from its incorporation in 1919 concentrated on truck production until the introduction of the Galaxie sedan in 1967. I suppose these truck variants were, in Ford's view, better suited to the rough Brazilian roads than passenger cars. General Motors Brazil also went the truck route from 1925 until 1968 when it introduced its first passenger car.

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