McKinley Thompson and Crew Testing the Warrior Concept Car, 1969

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

Photographic print

Subject Date

1969

Creators

Triplett, Wally, 1926- 

Creator Notes

Photograph from album compiled by Wally Triplett.

Collection Title

Wally Triplett Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2004.40.1.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Wally Triplett.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4

Width: 5.125

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