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Concepts from Future Past: 1958 Ford Nucleon

by Paul Strauss
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These days, the use of nuclear energy is limited to power plants and submarines, but there was a time when it was thought the controversial power source could be used to drive our cars. In fact, back in 1958, Ford showed off a concept for a nuclear-powered car called the Nucleon.

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Ford thought that it might be feasible to reduce the size of a nuclear reactor to power such a vehicle. They showed the design both with and without¬†tailfins, but if you’re going to have a 1950s concept car it definitely should have tailfins.

Can you imagine what sort of mess we’d have on our hands with nuclear cars driving around and rear-ending each other? Thank god this idea¬†never made it beyond the scale model stage. If you happen to drop by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, you can see the model in person.

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(images via Car Styling)


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