1974 Warrior Concept Car

Summary

When McKinley Thompson, Jr., joined Ford Motor Company in 1956, he was the automotive industry's first African American stylist. In 1974 he completed a rugged, easy-to-build vehicle designed for developing countries: the Warrior. Thompson's prototype, built on a Renault 10 chassis, featured a buoyant plastic body and a removable top. Thompson couldn't interest automakers or investors in his bold idea.

When McKinley Thompson, Jr., joined Ford Motor Company in 1956, he was the automotive industry's first African American stylist. In 1974 he completed a rugged, easy-to-build vehicle designed for developing countries: the Warrior. Thompson's prototype, built on a Renault 10 chassis, featured a buoyant plastic body and a removable top. Thompson couldn't interest automakers or investors in his bold idea.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1974

Creators

Thompson, McKinley W. 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Designed by McKinley W. Thompson; made in Detroit, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2001.162.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of McKinley W. Thompson.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Metal
Chromium

Color

Light green
Cream (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 52 in

Width: 63 in

Length: 168 in

Inscriptions

Label on rear: RENAULT / POWER

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