1959 Ironclad Automotive Fortis Deluxe
What do you get when a heavy truck manufacturer with too many frames left over from making WWII Deuce-and-a-Halfs decides to get into making luxury cars?
Well, you end up with something like the Fortis Deluxe.
Ironclad Industrial’s new car division, Ironclad Automotive, used the same 549ci powerplant from their cement mixers, tractor-trailer rigs, and dump trucks as a baseline for the Fortis. This heavy-duty V12 engine is the same thing… Except for the reduced compression, spark ignition, and carburettors on top.
The frame is a lightly modified military frame for a 2-½ ton truck, fitted with lightly-modified commercial-grade rear axles on coil springs and a newly-engineered front double wishbone suspension setup. The rear four tires are driven, though with two open differentials for more pleasant handling characteristics and a better turning radius. A newly-designed 3 speed automatic handles the power delivery from the engine to the axles, letting you spend more time enjoying the creature comforts, and less time jamming gears.
Those creature comforts include a fancy new AM/FM radio, with glovebox mounted phonograph, plush leather seats, air conditioning, hydropneumatic suspension, and power-assisted steering. And if blasting your face with refrigerated air isn’t quite what you’re in the mood for, you can always drop the top and let the outside in.
Admittedly, this much car can be a bit much for some people. With a price tag of $29,300, it’s an expensive automobile to say the least. And some people may be turned off by knowing that the current color schemes all involve colors derived from what Ironclad Industrial works on. This does limit your choices to picking two colors from the list of:
- Caution Stripe Black
- Caution Stripe Yellow
- Safety Orange
- Photographic Gray
- Basic White
- Industrial Forest Green
- Tractor Red
However, we’re sure that this list will continue to expand over the years to include the more standard colors we’ve come to expect from most manufacturers.
We hope you choose to buy an Ironclad Automotive Fortis Deluxe as your future car purchase.