Seattle - ite XXI.

Seattle - ite XXI.

Seattle: Ford Motor Company, 1962. Single sheet, folded to form a 4" x 9" brochure. Fine condition. This promotional brochure was published to advertise the Ford company's dream car. The vehicle was a 3/8 scale concept car designed by Alex Tremulis and displayed on 20 April 1962 on the Ford stand at the Seattle World's Fair. Interchangeable fuel cell power units; interchangeable bodies; interactive computer navigation, mapping, and auto information systems; and four driving and steering wheels. The concept of some form of compact nuclear propulsion device was included as a possible power source on the assumption that radiation issues could be overcome without the need for massive shielding. The car had six wheels, with four steerable ones at the front and two fixed ones at the rear & similar to the fictional six-wheel 1965 FAB1 and the real Tyrrell P34 racing car of the mid-1970s. The designers considered the six-wheel concept would enhance tracking, traction, and braking. It had an interchangeable front-powered section that enabled the car to be turned into either an economical city runabout or, when needed, a powerful transcontinental cruiser. All control mechanisms were through flexible couplings. Steering was by way of a fingertip-controlled dial. The brochure includes text about the car and illustrations of this streamlined vehicle. Paperback (Item ID: 26649)

$35.00

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