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↑ 1956 Ford Thunderbird Mexico

1955 Tremulis looking over the 3/8ths scale Ford Mexico wind tunnel model.

1955 Tremulis looking over the 3/8ths scale Ford Mexico wind tunnel model.

Ford Thunderbird Mexico, 1956
Ford Thunderbird Mexico, 1956 - A beautiful model.
Picture Alex Tremulis with the finished Mexico model as it appeared in numerous PR photo shoots.  The sheer size of these 3/8ths scale models made for better data in the wind tunnel than smaller sized models, but they took up a lot of room.  It's unknown how many of these models were crushed after their useful days were complete.
The Mexico alongside a turbine concept illustrates how low and sleek it appeared compared to its contemporaries.  The man beside the model was often called "Oscar".
Another view of the 3/8ths street scene provides different perspectives when evaluating various designs from all angles.
The Mexico, along with its sister model, La Tosca, both often photographed with each other.  Romeyne Hammond (at left) is seen working on the La Tosca.
The 3/8ths models of La Tosca and Mexico in the Rotunda with the model makers.
1955 Tremulis looking over the 3/8ths scale Ford Mexico wind tunnel model.
Alas, the Mexico never did get to make it to full size.  A seies of tragic racing events occured in the mid-50's and the Automobile Manufacturers Association placed a ban on support to race teams.  But the Mexico model did make it out to the public as seen in the window of a Detroit merchant welcoming the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) for their annual convention.
The Mexico with an added-on rounded nose, similar to the late 1960's Chrysler Superbirds.  This clay model would serve as the basis for the 3/8ths scale fiberglass models to follow.
Images: Ford Motor Company; www.gyronautx1.com