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North American International Auto Show 2001

Ford Forty-Nine

J. Mays introduces the Ford Forty-Nine Concept Car, inspired by the original 1949 Fords.
J. Mays introduces the Ford Forty-Nine Concept Car, inspired by the original 1949 Fords.

Today we saw Ford CEO Jac Nasser and VP of Design J Mays unveil the Ford Forty-Nine concept car. This retro car was introduced after Ford displayed two original 1949 Fords, one stock and one highly customized.

An original 1949 Ford that has been "chopped and channeled."
An original 1949 Ford that has been "chopped and channeled."

The Forty-Nine Concept car has many retro styling elements, including a modern, 3.9-liter, DOHC, 32-valve, V-8 engine that is finished with brushed stainless steel, chrome and satin-black paint.

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The retro-styled engine on the Forty-Nine barely looks like a car engine.
The retro-styled engine on the Forty-Nine barely looks like a car engine.

Inside are more retro features; the gauges and controls are finished in brushed stainless steel, in a simple round pod.

The instrument pod
The instrument pod

The car also has a roof that is almost all glass, and the pillar separating the front and rear side windows is invisible, so the cabin has the feel of a greenhouse.

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