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Monday, November 25, 2019

If only this car could fly, I want to fly with it

In the 1950s, magazines in the US were filled with pictures of future cars and space vehicle concepts that were predicted to be available in the late 20th century. Then, many automotive manufacturers are competing to make this dream car design to tempt the public and show it off at various car shows.
1958 Ford X-2000 concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KRyT8w)
Often, the various car concepts are only limited to concepts, which have never been realized into a 'real car'. Well, one of the concept cars that is quite unique is the Ford X-2000, designed by Bill Balla and Alex Tremulis in 1958, which was previously famous for its legendary Tucker style. The car was made from sketches to scale models, but not more than that.
Front three-quarter of the 1958 Ford X-2000 concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KRyT8w)
One of the most distinctive features of the Ford X-2000 is the muzzle, which is actually not very modern (or reasonable), even for its size in 1958. The grille and hood are clearly inspired by the Ford Edsel 1957, a car that could make the parent company, Ford, lost a lot of money because of the swelling production costs.
Front view of the 1958 Ford X-2000 concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KRyT8w)
In the context of the exterior design itself, the vertical oval motifs carried by X-2000 at that time were widely touted as "egg on the horns", "horse collars", even "collision rings" designs; to various other names which are more sarcastic and even tend to be rude.
Interior view of the 1958 Ford X-2000 concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34seKhn)
Apart from public controversy, the passenger compartment in this concept car looks similar to the vehicle used in the sci-fi series The Jetsons, but the rear is quite iconic with the presence of 'yank tank' which became a kind of characteristic car of the 1950s era, apart from the presence Rocket-style taillights on the back.
Left side view of the 1958 Ford X-2000 concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KRyT8w)
The Ford X-2000 initially only became a scale model concept, but in 1994, a British automotive enthusiast named Andy Saunders saw this concept in the book Dream Cars (JR Picard, 1981). He also tried to pursue the 'impossible dream' to build it and based on the 1962 Mercury.
The result was extraordinary because this car successfully attracted a lot of interest in classic car enthusiasts including the automotive media to see it. The Ford X-2000 Concept made by Andy Saunders was eventually invited to perform at various automotive exhibitions ever since. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ANDI SAUNDERS | OLDCARCONCEPTS]
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