b'In many ways, McNamara saw his small car as an appliance, like a washing machine, with just enough style to be appealing. It wasnt exactly a throw away car, but it was not built to last for decades, either. Work on the styling began with a phone call to Thunderbird design studio manager, Bill Boyer. In an interview with author Phil Cottrill for his bookThe Ford Falcon, Boyer recalls that he was phonedAbove: Robert S. McNamara.on Thanksgiving Day in 1957 and told to start work on a small carBelow: Lewis Crusoe with the 1952 Ford.immediately.The T-Bird team was chosen because it was thought they had more experience designing smaller cars.It was Boyer who gave the project the code XK Thunderbird. Boyer also spent three years in Ford Australias styling studios in the early seventies.22'