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To the…..Batmobile?

The 1955 Lincoln Futura was a concept car designed by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. Hand-built by Ghia in Turin, Italy and designed by Bill Schmidt and John Najjar for $250,000. After buying the car from Ford for $1, legendary customizer George Barris made modifications and transformed the car into the Batmobile, for the 1966 TV series Batman.

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April 17th 1964: Ford Mustang debuts

On this day in 1964, the Ford Motor Company introduced their new sports car - the Ford Mustang - to the public. The Mustang was one of the first ‘pony cars’, which are smaller sports car-like coupes. The car had debuted two years earlier at the United States Grand Prix, but Ford introduced their new car to the public at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Ford received over 22,000 orders from around the world on the first day, and the car’s popularity only increased from there. The model’s fame was cemented when a Mustang appeared in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ in September 1964. The Mustang is now approaching its sixth generation, and has changed a lot since the 1964 version. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this legendary American car, and Ford are celebrating with a limited edition 50th anniversary 2015 Mustang GT (pictured above).

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1962 Ford Cougar 406 Concept Car

The Ford Cougar 406 is a concept car for the Ford Thunderbird built by Dean Jeffries for the Ford Motor Company. The cougar featured Mercedes 300 SL-type gullwing doors, and was originally painted in Candy Apple Red. The car was unveiled at the 1962 Chicago Auto Show. The original was a 3/8-scale model from 1956. This was the second car to be under the Cougar nameplate. The car has 405 horsepower. On the car there was swing-up headlights on the front fenders.

In 1963, the Cougar was used in Frederick Brisson’s film version of his Broadway comedy hit “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” - Via: 1 | 2

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Atomic Age Design

1958 Ford Nucleon | Scale model of Ford Motor Company’s vision of a car fueled by a small nuclear reactor in the rear and making use of a steam engine powered by uranium fission (similar to nuclear submarines).

You can see the scale model at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. - Via: 1 | 2

July 30, 1863: Henry Ford is Born

On this day in 1863, American automobile maker Henry Ford was born in Greenfield, Michigan.  He incorporated the Ford Motor Company in 1903, and five years later, the company began producing the Model T, considered to be America’s first affordable car. The manufacture of the Model T relied on assembly line production, a revolutionary method developed for automobiles by Ford himself.

Explore the life of this 20th century innovator with Henry Ford from American Experience.

Photo: Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ford in his first car, the Ford Quadricycle. (Wikimedia Commons)