lost & forgotten Ben-Dera Ford concept

June of 1998, “Car and Driver” actually featured this vehicle and it’s owner / builder.  His name is John Bender and he built this vehicle because well….. he wanted to.  In fact, he built a couple of them!  I would go into details, but honestly, this article sums it up way better than we ever could.

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7 Responses to lost & forgotten Ben-Dera Ford concept

  1. James Watters says:

    I live in Columbus Ohio! I wish I could see this car up close, but I think he died a while ago. Sadly I do remember seeing an ad for his car in the dispatch a long time ago. We need more people like him.

    • Mark Bender says:

      James, He is alive and well. He is the twin brother to my father. They are 88 years old. I had heard that the car may have been cut up and scrapped but I am not sure. I actually worked for him finishing the second one he built. That was in 1989-1990. He was quite eccentric. But he had a vision and made it happen, no matter how it turned out that part is pretty cool.

      • Kelly Dimick says:

        Thank you for the update. I’m glad to hear he is alive and well. I love his dedication to building his dream.

      • Anonymous says:

        That car is, although way different, is way cool. If I got my hands on one I would restore it just to have a one of a kind. Tell your Uncle I said I have huge respect for what he made. And you deserve props as well if you did finish work on it. Just a cool story.

  2. Frankly, this is the oddest Ford I’ve ever seen… was it ever produced?

    Obviously, it shows some retrofuturism reminiscences… what influenced it?

    Recall a still oddest yet still oddest one: the Ford Atom… have you ever seen it?

    Dear friendes, I hope to get more entries to the Ben-Dera and othe Fords… thank you.


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  4. Andrey says:

    I ll take it where is the location I got $$ on finders fee

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