Even by California car spotting standards, this one’s pretty rare.
You come across some rare cars if you stroll around Southern California long enough but this one might take the cake. According to a video shared by Model Citizens CC SoCal earlier last week (Aug. 8, 2018) a very convincing replica of the 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept car was spotted parked behind a Wine and Beer Garden in Temecula, California. Check out the wild video for yourself below!
Is the above video down? Here’s a copy.
You’ll have to excuse whoever shot this video in vertical, but he probably was too flabbergasted to remember to shoot correctly in the first place.
Although there’s a company in Indiana making replicas of the Ford Futura, this isn’t one of them. In fact, the current custodian of this car, Mark Towle of Gotham Garage, showed up in the comments in response to a comment left by the grandson of Roy Brown, the Futura’s chief designer.
According to Todd Brown, Roy Brown’s grandson,
“Whoever originally posted this video see if you can find out the owner to that vehicle and see if it is for sale. There is a reason why we are interested in that concept vehicle because I am the grandson of Roy Brown the chief designer to that vehicle that was made back in 1955 even though that is a copy of the 1955 Ford Futura concept car there are some things he could not copy exactly. We do have the original blueprints of that vehicle and we would like to put it exactly the way it was in 1955.”
How astonishing is that, that a video posted on Facebook would net the original design blueprints of the 1955 Lincoln Futura.
Although it’s not as popularly known as it was back then, the original 1955 Lincoln Futura concept was sold to famed car customizer George Barris who turned that concept car into the Batmobile of 60’s TV lore.
But, to pull off a convincing replica like this one isn’t all that bad, really. And now that Mark Towle has access to the original blueprints, surely he’ll perfect this replica into near-mint concept car condition.
This surely isn’t the first time this Futura Replica was spotted out in the wild. Just a couple of months ago it was parked at the 2018 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California.
Parked next to some ordinary looking cars of today, it just goes to show wild styling like this wouldn’t make it past the initial sketch phase in today’s crossover filled landscape.