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Mainer who helped design classic 1950s cars in Detroit still creating 70 years later

ARUNDEL, Maine — In 1954, Millinocket native Allen “Rod” Williams produced the internet pages of the Bangor Each day Information when he received hired by Ford to assistance design automobiles in Detroit.

At the time, Williams was 23 decades previous, new out of the U.S. Navy and had zero formal layout schooling. He was, however, a whiz at painting and drawing flashy, futuristic automobiles.

Rod Williams’ painted style and design for a 1959 Chrysler with a vertical rear window will be on exhibit at the Maine Common Auto Museum in Arundel starting May possibly 14. Credit: Courtesy of Rod Williams

Racing forward practically 70 years to today and Williams — now 94 — is back in the general public eye once more.