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Posted: 1/7/2002 9:44:32 AM EDT
[img]http://www.foxnews.com/images/44685/0_21_150_ford_tonka.jpg[/img] It's big, it's yellow, and it looks just like that toy truck you used to steer through sandboxes years ago with a crumpled action figure in the driver's seat. Ford Motor Co.'s larger-than-life-sized take on Hasbro's TONKA truck is one of many models unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that tap into the current wave of childhood memories and 1950s American nostalgia. Built for the power-hungry driver, the canary-yellow Mighty F-350 "concept'' or prototype pickup has seats and switches inspired by semi trucks, aircraft and power tools. "What grown-up doesn't want the ultimate TONKA (toy)?'' Ford Vice President of Design J Mays asked. "This is not just a concept -- in fact, it's far from it.'' The sturdy little metal Tonka trucks, first sold in 1947, were one of the most popular toys for American kids during the 1950s and 1960s, and are still sold by Hasbro Inc. One feature of Ford's grown-up version brought a gasp from the auto show crowd. The F-350 TONKA kneels down nearly half a foot when its doors are opened -- thanks to air suspension springs. [img]http://www.foxnews.com/images/44685/3_22_225_ford_gt40.jpg[/img] The GT40 has a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine with a six-speed, manual transmission and more than 500-horsepower. I'd like one of each. Black paint of course..
Link Posted: 1/7/2002 2:01:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2002 2:02:30 PM EDT by SIX]
That GT looks like a Detomoso Panterra. Althought the window lines look more like an early '70s stang.
Link Posted: 1/7/2002 2:24:46 PM EDT
Let's see if this will work... [url]http://autoshow2002.carpoint.msn.com/coverage1.aspx[/url] Scroll down for streaming vid of the Ford concept truck. [IMG]http://www.freakygamers.com/smilies/s2/contrib/aahmed/biggrin.gif[/IMG]
Link Posted: 1/7/2002 2:45:28 PM EDT
Cool! If they offer that in white, I have to buy one. I've got a 4 dr. F-250 right now and I love it.
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