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Grab a trio of ultra-rare stainless steel vintage Fords

It’s a good thing that Giorgetto Giugiaro’s design for the DeLorean DMC-12 is rather free of curves, because T302 stainless steel is not the easiest of metals to manipulate. Being an austenitic alloy containing 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel, this most common of stainless steels offers high tensile strength and corrosion resistance but is also harder to machine, let alone fix up. However, having shiny rustproof steels available at a reasonable costs was very new in 1935, and to promote its products, Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Ludlum Steel joined forces with Ford.


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