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Old 03-03-2010, 12:49 PM
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This is something that I found on the Squarebirds CD that Julie sent. Just one of many things in this gold mine! For those who have been on the Forum for a good number of years, you might remember this from the 2006 Squarebirds Calendar. Alexander picked it for the Month of January picture that year... You can see that Ford was experimenting with the Golde Top in 1958 by this picture.
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Yeah!! I remember this pic of the prototype '58 Goldetop!!
I had even saved it as a background image for my CPU.

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Old 03-03-2010, 05:45 PM
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Ray as it was a radical image then ,as it is now wouldn't it have been great if they went into production for the 58"S. Talk about RARE!!!!
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Default The 1958 Golde Top Squarebird

Yup! That would have been a rare Bird indeed! As I recall the history of Golde Tops, they were already putting them on other manufacturers cars prior to 1958. I bet it was the Ford bean counters who nixed the extra expense of putting the Golde Tops on the '58's & '59's. They missed the boat on that one, and on other things regarding our Squarebirds! It would be nice to be able to find one of those "bean counters" involved in the Squarebird production to talk with!
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The main "bean counter" at Ford was a fellow named Robert McNamara. I think he is credited for killing the Baby Bird thus ushering in the beloved Squarebird. You may remember Mr. McNamara as a Cabinet level official in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations and the later involvement in "bean counting" the Viet Nam war.

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The prototype shown is precise down to even having the bar in the front that appeared in actual 1960 production.

Since any added cost would have been passed along to the customer like any other option, one wonders why they didn't try it. I suspect by the time it was an option in 1960, the Squarebird was already dead and the next generation well along in planning.
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