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Re: Ford Experimental -Concept Vehicles
« Reply #210 on: October 02, 2020, 10:08:43 PM »

Staying with concept wagons for the moment, there was this.

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So is that where AMC got the look for the rear of the Gremlin?
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« Reply #211 on: October 09, 2020, 09:23:52 AM »
Yikes another 3H clubber....horrendous, horrible,  hideous...


Staying with concept wagons for the moment, there was this.

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So is that where AMC got the look for the rear of the Gremlin?
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« Reply #212 on: October 19, 2020, 08:36:16 AM »
The lovely Ford Gyron

A gyroscopically controlled two-wheeled car called the Gyron.

The two-wheeled Gyron, however, would shortly afterward consume much of Tremulis’s effort and time. As the Farrells wrote, Tremulis – whose chief and overwhelming concern was for aerodynamics – believed his design for a two-wheeled gyroscopically balanced car would represent the ultimate in automotive aerodynamics. “In short, Tremulis expected the Gyron to be a genuine breakthrough that would influence all future car design.”

The earliest Gyron sketches were rendered in 1956, but Tremulis renewed his interest in the Gyron after learning of GM’s 1959 Firebird III concept, which was hailed as the world’s most advanced and most exotic car. Tremulis felt he could do better. At about that time, Tremulis’s superiors at Ford assigned new hire Syd Mead to work with Tremulis on the Gyron, and together they convinced Ford to let them build a full-scale version of the car. Because a gyroscope of sufficient size to keep the full-scale Gyron upright proved far too expensive for the show car, a pair of wheels on outriggers were added to the design to keep the Gyron upright on the show stand (copywriters explained them away as necessary at low speeds and noted they’d retract at higher speeds); however, its front wheel did steer via a console-mounted dial, and an electric motor did propel the fiberglass-bodied show car up to about 5 MPH. The Gyron debuted in 1961 and would be one of Tremulis’s last projects at Ford, though he would continue to pursue the idea of a two-wheeled gyro car long after he left the company. The fire that destroyed Ford’s Rotunda reportedly took the Gyron as well.

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« Reply #213 on: October 21, 2020, 09:52:12 AM »
1962 Ford Cougar 406

Debuting at the 1962 Chicago show, the Ford Cougar 406 featured top-hinged, electrically operated gull-wing doors, and came equipped with the new 406 cubic inch V-8. The engine developed 405 horsepower and 448 pound feet of torque. Swing-up headlights were concealed in tips of the fenders. This was the second Ford concept car to wear the Cougar nameplate. The original was a 3/8-scale model from 1956. Mercury first applied the Cougar moniker on a 1967 two-door hardtop pony car, based on the Mustang.
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« Reply #214 on: October 22, 2020, 09:26:40 AM »
The lovely Ford Seattle-ite

Designed to be shown at the Seattle World’s Fair, and named after the host city. This unique styling dream car envisions four steerable front wheels and easily interchangeable power units.

Seattle-ite XXI would feature such advanced concepts as a travel programming computer, variable density glass, jalousie windows, and fingertip steering. The entire front of the car would "break away" from the passenger compartment in order to permit conversion from an economical power capsule of perhaps 60 h.p., to a high-speed, transcontinental unit in excess of 400 h.p. This concept could allow many styling treatments for the trailing vehicle that would house passengers in air-conditioned, noiseless comfort.
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« Reply #215 on: November 05, 2020, 07:11:00 AM »
 1965 Aurora, featured a windshield that turns transparent to opaque at the touch of a button and a intercom between the driver's "command post" and the children's "romper room" at the rear.

The front passenger seat swivels to face a curved sofa in the lounge area. In place of a steering wheel, the Aurora has a steering bar.

Now here`s a great concept - an English magazine about American cars. It`s called Classic American, and the December, 1997 issue (which I didn`t see until February `98 in the USA) has an "Oddballs" column that features a 1964 Ford Aurora show car. The Aurora, which happens to be a funky looking station wagon with a lot of glass, had some unique features. It only had three doors - two on one side and one on the other (and a back hatch). Continuing the "three" theme, it was divided internally into three compartments - the front had two buckets, and the middle/back each had a kind of wrap-around sofa feature, with a glass partition between the second and third seats. The front styling looked vaguely like a `64-`67 Corvette; the pointy rear looked.....well, it was different!

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« Reply #216 on: November 07, 2020, 09:23:58 PM »
Never saw this one before kinda interesting
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« Reply #217 on: November 09, 2020, 09:57:38 AM »
Never saw this one before kinda interesting

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« Reply #218 on: November 09, 2020, 09:59:25 AM »
Mercury XM800

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« Reply #219 on: November 20, 2020, 08:53:00 AM »
1964 Gas Turbine Truck

Named "Big Red", Fords Gas Turbine was a towering super-transport prototype. After its debut in 1964, it made several cross-country runs at costs comparable to diesel operation. The 600 hp gas turbine engine that powered "Big Red" was developed and produced by Ford under a contract with the Deparment of Defense.
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Re: Ford Experimental -Concept Vehicles
« Reply #220 on: November 25, 2020, 08:53:53 AM »
Mustang station wagon

The story goes that in 1966 Italian coach builder Intermeccanica built a Mustang station wagon for advertising copywriter Barney Clark and designer Bob Cumberford which showed up in many car magazines of the day. Supposedly Ford had a Mustang wagon in design stages around the same time but scrapped the program shortly after the Intermeccania cars appeared. The Intermeccania cars are often mistaken for a factory concept.

"Let's revert to the slab stern and high luggage compartment, the nearly vertical rear window, the leather strap and 'chunk of road machinery' feeling." That's from a document describing the need for an American four-passenger sports car, a text leading to the Mustang. It was written in 1956 by the aforementioned Barney Clark, who wrote Corvette advertising copy at the time. It was furiously rejected by Harley J. Earl, General Motors' legendary styling chief.

A few years later, working for Ford's ad agency, Barney Clark talked with product planner Don Frey about his ideas. Lee Iacocca may be the "father of the Mustang," but he got the notion via Frey and Clark, and thus indirectly from GM.

Intermeccanica from Italy shaped this shooting brake by moving the rear window of a 1965 hard top backwards, installing a longer roof section and swing out windows.
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