This dated-looking living-room-on-wheels is what comes of designing chiefly for the showrooms, the dealers’ lots, and magazine adverts of 1966 America. The styling of this 4,390 lb. behemoth clearly had nothing to do with aerodynamics, or anything else that might aid performance. Where the angled grille on 1966 models at least suggested motion, the perfectly vertical form here suggests stasis.
Just think of what American engineers and stylists might have been able to accomplish had they focused their efforts on efficiency, safety, and functionality.
There is Bill’s Burger Bar, and Bill’s Gay Nineties, and then there is Bill’s Van & 4x4 Center on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, where you can often find relics of The French Connection-era New York, like this ‘72 LTD.
It is said Bunkie Knudsen brought the beak-like front-end with him from Pontiac when we left there for Ford in 1968. Mr. Knudsen was not with Ford long. Lee Iacoccoa fired him in 1969, but this dramatic look was applied to the Thunderbirds and LTDs of the early seventies.
The Fantastic Zephyr Land Yacht - Designed by Brooks Stevens in 1936 for millionaire playboy Bill Plankinton. The tractor served as the living quarters for the driver and valet. The trailer slept nine comfortably, and include a shower bath, kitchen facilities and the latest in radio equipment. The Zephyr Land Yacht was one of the earliest known RV-Style trailers. (image via Mario The Multipla)