1958 Ford X-2000 Recreation by Andy Saunders


(from AndySaundersCustoms.co.uk)  This car was designed by Alex Tremulous as a styling exercise for the Ford Motor Company in 1958. It was never built full size until Andy decided to build this.

It is handbuilt in steel, based on the floor pan of a 1962 Mercury. 7'8" wide and regularly road used.

One prestigious American magazine titled a feature on it as "Restoration of a car that never was."

The X - 2000 is still in Andy's ownership, and regularly appears in TV commercials. It is often seen globe trotting to different exotic locations, including being exported to Australia in 2000 to promote the Melbourne Millennium International Motor Show.

After recently returning from a show in Korea, the X-2000 has since been on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2004, as part of the Cartier Concours De Elegance ' Cars of the Future' display.

(from RM Auctions)  RM Auctions, in association with Sothebys, will shine a spotlight on a host of creative custom cars by leading UK designer, Andy Saunders when the curtain rises on their second annual Automobiles of London event at Battersea Park, London UK on October 29th, 2008.

Regarded as the UKs top custom car builder, Saunders has been at the forefront of wild car creations for almost 30 years, having built over 40 individual customs and restored a number of classics. It is, however, his unique, off the wall designs and drivable car sculptures that have earned him the most critical acclaim and attracted global media attention. One journalist described Saunders as an automotive alchemist for he turned base cars into gold. In addition to participation in various European Concours dElegance events and recently completing a pair of special commissions for Hyundai, most recently, Saunders claimed his third Guinness Book of World Records title, this time for the worlds lowest camper van. Created onstage in just three days and before an audience of over 34,000 car enthusiasts, the diminutive 1980 VW Camper stands at just 3.3 feet tall.

This October as Saunders looks to share his designs with other automotive enthusiasts and make room in his garages for new creations, eleven of his cars will cross the block as part of RM Auctions Automobiles of London event.

The Andy Saunders Collection is best described as rolling works of modern art, says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Auctions European Division.

Each piece effortlessly melds Saunders remarkable passion for cars with his artistic talents, wild imagination and creative vision. It is drivable art in the truest sense, he added.

The Andy Saunders Collection will join a host of luxury classic, sports and racing cars at RMs London event.

Each car is certainly a one-of-a-kind collectors piece, says Girardo. Unique and fun, they are certain to capture the attention of both automotive and art enthusiasts and will add another element of fun to the event, he adds.

RM Auctions, in association with Sothebys, will present their Automobiles of London event at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London UK on October 29th, 2008. A full day preview will be held on October 28th from 11:00am to 5:30pm. Doors open on October 29th at 10:00am, with all the auction action getting underway from 4:00pm. Admission to the event is by catalogue only, which is available for 50 and admits two.

Further information for this auction is available here

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