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Eyes on Design Brings Downton Abbey Car to the Ford House
Posted: May 28, 2015

It's the car that changed the course of a fictional English family - and later versions changed the course of auto racing in the 1960s.

One of the featured cars at the 2015 EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition this Father's Day Sunday, June 21, will be the 1927 AC Six roadster. The car played a prominent part in the season three finale of "Downton Abbey," the popular PBS TV series. In the finale, the car was taken for a fateful drive by family heir Matthew Crawley just after the birth of his son.

In real life, the AC Six is a rare and beloved English sports car with a bona fide racing history. Powered by an overhead-cam six-cylinder engine, the car won numerous races and set three records in 1927. In 1962, AC teamed up with Carroll Shelby, supplying bodies for the famed Ford-powered AC Cobra.

The annual car show, which takes place on the grounds of the historic Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, will feature more than 250 specially-chosen vehicles. This year's theme, "House Style," will showcase selected vehicles from styling teams under legendary design chiefs at Chrysler, Ford and General Motors and at American Motors, Jaguar and Studebaker.

Some of the most striking cars ever made will be shown in these categories:
General Motors Design: Harley Earl era (1947 - 1958)
General Motors Design: William Mitchell era (1959 - 1977)
Ford Design: George Walker era (1949 - 1961)
Ford Design: Gene Bordinat era (1961 - 1980)
Chrysler Design: Virgil Exner era (1955 - 1962)
Chrysler Design: Elwood Engel era (1963 - 1974)
American Motors Design: Richard Teague era (1963 - 1983)
Auburn/Cord/Duesenberg: Alan Leamy / Gordon Buehrig era (1929 - 1937)
Studebaker Design: Raymond Loewy era (1947 - 1966)
Jaguar Design: Sir William Lyons era (1931 - 1968)
European House Style: Italian Carrozerria from Turin & Milan
Golden Era Classics: Great Luxury Cars (1925 - 1948)
Jazz Age Coupes
Collectors' Circle: The Best from Collectors and Restorers
Pure Michigan Made in Lansing: REO, Oldsmobile and others
Muscle Cars: A Celebration of Horsepower
Tuners: Standing Apart from the Crowd
TVR Class: British-Built Sports Car Marque
ASC: Celebrating 50 Years
Chevy Small Block Hot Rods

EyesOn Design tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the gate on June 21 beginning at 10 a.m. Children 12 & under free w/adult. Active duty military free w/ID.


The Private Eyes full brunch is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets: $75/person; $750 table of ten; $25/children 12 & under, and must be reserved in advance. Call Judi Dara at (313)824-4710 or email From 1-4 p.m. you can have access to the brunch tent for beverages and light refreshments for $20. Those tickets will be available at the gate.

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