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Thanks for the excellent explanation why the front left wheel cover will fell off. Now I’m going to see if I could find some Sun Ray appliqués for the covers.
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I see you like the Volvo well just out of interest my Father in Law is a big Volvo Fan and has owned a drove them for over twenty five years. Since Rachel and myself have been together he has played around with my Classics and now has decided he wants his own classic car. So i tried to talk him into another T-Bird but this didnot work but he is going to buy a 1969 164 Volvo early model with crome bumbers. Ok its not a Bird but he likes but as for modern transport i do like his V90 (960 series) its big fast and very comfortable.
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The Sun Ray appliqué is a plastic and chromed pot metal piece that attaches to the center of the Sun Ray full wheel cover. It has the Ford cat in the center and has red, white and blue rays in the surrounding three sections.
The cat used on this applique, does anyone know the history or symbolic reference for this cat that was used by Ford on the Thunderbird wheelcover?
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The cat used on this applique, does anyone know the history or symbolic reference for this cat that was used by Ford on the Thunderbird wheelcover?
I've wondered that too.
I always thought it was a lion or some other beast.

It was on the floor mats of my '64 Galaxie too.
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Old 03-30-2009, 09:38 PM
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It's not a cat or a lion - it's a griffin, which can be seen in a lot of English symbology. When the Ford crest was designed by L. David Ash in 1949 for the '50 Ford, a little research was done into the heraldry of the Ford family, which traced its roots to England or Scotland. The original emblem used on the '50 Ford was constantly updated and stylized through the '50s and '60s.

Those into this topic can better describe the meaning of each of the components, such as the upward-pointing chevron, the round balls inside the chevron, the red/white/blue background and the gold griffins.

OK you Brits, time to contribute what you know.
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It's not a cat or a lion - it's a griffin, which can be seen in a lot of English symbology. When the Ford crest was designed by L. David Ash in 1949 for the '50 Ford, a little research was done into the heraldry of the Ford family, which traced its roots to England or Scotland. The original emblem used on the '50 Ford was constantly updated and stylized through the '50s and '60s.

Those into this topic can better describe the meaning of each of the components, such as the upward-pointing chevron, the round balls inside the chevron, the red/white/blue background and the gold griffins.

OK you Brits, time to contribute what you know.
That's some good info Alan.

As a fellow Architect, how are you weathering this economy?
My practice in central Oklahoma is still winning commissions but I definitely need some of my projects to come "off-hold".

Sorry guys - I know this has nothing to do with the original post.
I'm at the office right now and obviously not too busy to read some posts!
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Alan, thanks for that bit of history. I've seen the griffin on other Ford emblems but didn't know the origins or history behind it till now.
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That is interesting guys. I forgot it was a "Grifin", off the top of my head I was thinking simply of the Ford Crest.
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Mr.Tast as always, thanks for your knowledge and solving the mystery of the griffin.
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