Today, we dig into our archives. Did we mention we have archives? Yup – files full of automotive goodness just waiting to meet you.
Let us introduce you to the the Ford X-51, which was featured most recently in the Petersen’s Fins: Form without Function exhibit. We must have visited that exhibit eight times before it closed – there was so much to see, and so much to learn! As the Petersen’s curators explain, “Ron Courtney, an auto shop employee in McMinville, Oregon, built this X-51 during the mid-1950s.
Preferring to call his work ‘restyling’ rather than ‘customizing’ he sectioned the body five inches, shaved the door handles and exterior trim, and modified the front fenders to accept 1956 Oldsmobile headlights.
But the most prominent modification was the vehicle’s extremely large fins and custom taillights.
The X-51 was powered by a 256-cubic inch Chevrolet equipped with a McCulloch supercharger.