Seattle ite Concept Car 1962
have a fascination with older car designs of the future.
From the '40's to '60's, people thought that by now, here
past the year 2000, we would have flying cars, nuclear cars,
cars that could hover. Unfortunately, none of this has come
about. We still drive cars that are not much different than
the ones we had from the 1950's. A real bummer.
This is a brochure I have for a Ford Seattleite.
It was show cased at the 1962 Worlds Fair, where
this brochure was given out. It was a non-life size static
replica, never meant to be driven.
Printed on the actual brochure -
"Advanced stylists are not restricted in their "dreaming"
to designs based on existing facilities or scientific achievements.
Unlimited freedom to speculate is the key to progressive
automobile styling. A styling experiment like Seattle-ite
XXI, with its many forward-looking features, could lead
to exciting new concepts of automobile styling, comfort
unique styling dream car envisions four steerable front
wheels in Ford Motor Company's Advanced Styling Studio,
would feature such advanced concepts as a travel programming
computer, variable density glass, jalousie windows, and
finger tip steering.
Seattle-ite XXI is an example of the kind of exploration
that could lead to important break throughs in automotive
styling and engineering. Such a vehicle might be powered
by fuel cells or a compact nuclear device.
The entire front of the car would "break away"
from the passenger compartment in order to permit conversions
from an economical power capsule of perhaps 60 HP , to a
high speed, transcontinental unit in excess of 400HP. This
concept would allow many styling treatments for the trailing
vehicle that would house passengers in air-conditioned,
entire front end of Seattle-ite XXI would uncouple
from the passenger compartment and an optional power unit
could be quickly installed. All controls would be conducted
through a flexible coupling that would simply plug into
the passenger compartment.
Four front wheels would turn in tandem. Ford stylists believe
this would greatly enhance tracking, traction, and braking
Fingertip steering and a travel programming computer are
among the interior features of the Seattle-ite. Virtually
effortless fingertip steering would allow accurate "zeroing
in" at all speeds. A viewing screen would show engine
performance characteristics, road and weather conditions,
position of the vehicle in relation to an automatically
rolling road map, and estimated time of arrival at any selected
windows could improve ventilation and reduce noise.
At left is a close-up view of the windows in a closed position;
at right they are open.
Variable density glass around the passenger compartment
would give cool, diffused light on the interior, eliminate
glare and permit more efficient air-conditioning."
is actually a "forced perspective" (?) photo I believe.
The woman is standing a
few feet behind the model to make the car look full scale.
It is only a model, around 3/8 scale.
wheels in front is not that novel, consider the LXG
car from the recent movie.