Miner Who Helped Design Classic ’50s Cars in Detroit Still Made 70 Years Later

Arundel, Maine – In 1954, Millinocket native Allen “Rod” Williams made the pages of the Bangor Daily News when he was hired by Ford to help design cars in Detroit.

At the time, Williams was 23, had graduated from the US Navy and had no formal design training. However, he was adept at drawing and painting flashy futuristic cars.

Rod Williams’ painted 1959 Chrysler design with vertical rear window will be on display at the Maine Classic Car Museum in Arundel starting May 14. credit: Courtesy of Rod Williams

Racing forward nearly 70 years to date and Williams – now 94 – is back in the public eye once again.

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