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Linconln Continental Mark VIII , Ford Tempo, Mercury Topaz , Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar, Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus. The best of Ford desing come from the Telnack's pencil in the 80's.

We need another Jack ? Is Horbury or J Mays doing the work?
I say Ford need another Telnack that reinvent the Ford's style.... and i say that J Mays and Horbury fail to do the job.
What do you think, guys?
 

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What do you think, guys? /QUOTE


gotta start with my main designer comment:
Is it the designer(s) or the suit(s) who has the approval-stamp?


Agree that vehicles produced during Mr. Mays' tenure could have been better/more-to-my-liking (with the 99.9% exception of the MILAN!!!)
Doubt we'll ever know the people responsible.

my ideal situation (i think)
have a designSUPERgenius/saint for each Brand
- to develop a Direction/DNA that would inspire their successors
- overwhelm any suit-opposition ...or bring them on-board ;)
- be able to co-operate & synergize better than humanly-possible
- be so undyingly-loyal to their Brands that Uncle Bill eventually ADOPTS them
&
- cause a 50% drop in All foreign brands' sales worldwide :D

HOWEVER
I also believe that "popular tastes" go thru absolutely horrible-disgusting phases :eek:
& the genius/saints would have to find a way to cure-enlighten the masses too (even tho they don't want to be cured-enlightened :()
 

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I agree with Falcon the Jack Telnack is one of the best Ford designers ever. I would rank him high up there with E.T. (Bob) Gregory and Edsel Ford. Telnack received Ford design in a state of disarray and created a unique and uniform look for key Ford products.



His first baby was the 1979 Ford Mustang (the first fox Mustang), followed by the 1983 LTD/Marquis (just an stop gag for the Taurus/Sable) and the groundbreaking 1983 Thunderbird, the 1984 Lincoln Continental (the first American car ever with flush headlights), and the 1986 Taurus Sable.



I don't doubt the design skills of Horbury or Mays, their showcars have proven time and time again that these guys are top notch designers, but the corporate environment is much different, less dearing and much more catious today. So changing designers wont do much if the whole mentallity is not changed.

But after the Flex, the next Taurus and the upcoming Fusion I think that has been done already



The Telnack designs were jealously referred within the walls of GM headquarters as "the jellybean cars"
 

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:) Jack Telnack would get my vote as the best design leader Ford has ever had.......
--How I wish I would have had the opportunity to have worked with him and to have been a part of the inspired,dynamic leadership he represented...
--From the depths of the lowest design era Ford had ever been in--Telnack revolutionized Ford design with a drastically needed and completely new philosophy and direction..............
By 1987,Ford was out-earning mighty GM on the strength of Telnack's visionary design leadership.....
Dick Nesbitt
 

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I got to agree with alll of you during Mr Telnack tenure as Ford Chief designer he made the cars in a way that you knew it was a Ford Mercury or Lincoln.

But talking about today the only brand that imo has a design language defined is mercury and its a shame if they kill the brand
http://www.mercuryvehicles.com/
 

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Jack Telnack gets my vote too!
Here's why... my '94 Mark VIII.
Opalesant with Medium Opal Gray Leather.
All Original.


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Nuff Said!
 

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Jack Telnack gets my vote too!
Here's why... my '94 Mark VIII.
Opalesant with Medium Opal Gray Leather.
All Original.Nuff Said!
Man, I want your car, this guy was good. I remember seeing pictures on this car in a magazine when I still lived in Africa and falling in love
 

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Congratulations, Eurythmian!!

You have the last authentic Lincoln ! The Mark VIII is the last Lincoln with all the Lincoln DNA: Waterfall grille,flush headlamps,good looking chrome trim and the Lincoln unique and exclusive feature: the mold in the trunk for the spare tire..... We know that the spare tire are not there, but a Lincoln without that "pregnat trunk" isnt a true Lincoln.

I love this car...it had "Jetsons" style, but looking like the classic Lincolns....
 

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Thank you for the compliments. As a kid, my parents and relatives all drove Lincoln Town Coupes and Continentals. So I grew up knowing I too would drive a Lincoln. I have always been drawn to the Marks. The continental deck lid and the Rolls Royce like waterfall grill always looked so elegant to me.

I was the strange kid in the group. All my friends where lusting after the GTOs, Mustangs, Chevelles, Camaros and Firebird/Trans Ams. And I wanted a 69 Mark III. They thought I was nuts. Distinct styling and heavy weight engine. Awesome cars.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/1969_Lincoln_Continental_Mark_III.JPG

Always a fan of the Mark V, this beast of a car was my first Lincoln. Metallic Black Moondust with White Leather bucket seats. This car was gorgeous! If I can find any of my photos, I will post them.

http://www.murrayco.com/mark_V/mark_V_74.jpg

When the 1980 Mark VI came on the scene I was in high school. I wanted a Givenchy Designers Series Coupe with two tone paint so bad I couldn't stand it. Gold on top and Red on bottom. Wire rims and all the other Lincoln design cues. I used to stand on the local LM Dealership lot and dream. The sales people knew me by name. I told you I was a weird kid that loved Lincolns. It saddens me a bit that they only made this body style from '80 to '84. You never see these cars - very hard to find.

http://www.geocities.com/fivelincolns/80Designers.jpg

I never fell in love with the Mark VII. I felt it was too egg shaped and had an odd interior. But I can respect the design because it help lead the way to things to come.

In 1993 the Mark VIII was Lincoln's last personal luxury coupe, sold until 1998. This car paved the way for HID headlamps introduced in '95, an automatic airspring suspension which lowers the car at highway speeds, cockpit styled interior and heated seats. The '96 model holds the record for having the largest and brightest headlight housings of it's time as well as a neon third brake-light across the entire rear decklid that lit up the entire road when touching the brakes. Truly amazing.

I love my Mark VIII and will hold on to it as long as I can placing her in car shows for the pure enjoyment of having people see a truly incredible American built luxury car.

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My hope is that Lincoln will once again bring the Mark badge back. A perfect candidate would be the concept MKR. This car makes my mouth water like the Mark VIII did when I first saw it.
 

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1994 Lincoln Mark VIII was a nice looking car. The car looks like it took a lot of cues from the Taurus or this car gave a lot to the Taurus. I am recently newer to the auto industry but love to see what comes from Ford. I just hope they keep up with the great looking cars and the great dependability.
 

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Yes, i'm gonna have to say Mr. Jack Telnack was the best designer Ford ever had in my opinion. Because the 1983 Mercury Cougar and Ford Thunderbird and 1986 -1995 Mercury Sable and the Lincoln Mark VIII were some of the best looking cars Ford Motor Company ever had.
 

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Jack Telnack gets my vote too!
Here's why... my '94 Mark VIII.
Opalesant with Medium Opal Gray Leather.
All Original.



























Nuff Said!
That is one utterly gorgeous ride! I considered one of those, in green with tan leather, but figured I'd end up delivering pizza for a second job, and using one of these to do that would have been arrogant, so I bought the Sebring.

I'd agree with the sentiment that Jack Telnack was Ford's best designer ever. I remember how stunning the original Sable was, in addition to the cars shown on this thread. Believe me, they were a real breath of fresh air at the time.
 

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Well who is the brain shild for the Kinetic designs, I think these are sooo awesome. The new Mondeo, Kuga, SMAX, and fiesta for europe are all so great looking!
 

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Hi, Escapen!! :)

I didn't know either but googled-up this article (Speedsportlife.com):
Ford IOSIS Concept Shows New Design Direction

Zerin Dube | August 31, 2005
...This startling new design, penned by a team led by Martin Smith, Ford of Europe’s executive design director...

^Think the IOSIS was the first kinetic
(btw ^that's a nice startingpoint article imho
if someone wants to make a Martin Smith thread ...premature?)

&
a year later, this Iosis-X article from Media.Ford mentions, "Stefan Lamm, Ford of Europe's chief exterior designer", part of Martin Smith's team.


...semi-back on topic & repeating a previous-ranted theory,
imho/afaik nowadays, design is much more a team effort than in the past (possibly excepting a concept or two)
& fortunately-or-Not, includes nonDesigner people who have (one of) the rubberstamps for the approval process
 

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The Mark VIII was ahead of its time and got all the modern technology .
 

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I like Telnack's early work, but I am pretty certain he was responsible for the "oval" Taurus. What a disaster.

He also had Research spend 10s of thousands of man-hours on something call the "T drive" (East-West engine, RWD, power coming out of the center of an I6/I8 engine. A waste of time.)
 
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