FORD 021C: THE FORD TOY CAR
For the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, Ford's management presented on its stand a unique concept car aimed at young audiences.
This model, called 021C, was a small 3.6-meter long and 1.6-meter large. The four-seater sedan's name was chosen by the Australian designer Marc Newson, who intended to pay homage to his favourite Pantone.
Produced by the coachbuilding firm Ghia, it implemented a four-cylinder Zetec 1.6 engine with a power of 100 hp with 143 Nm of torque managed by a four-speed automatic transmission.
Designed to be used in the narrow urban spaces, the car aimed for a practical use thanks to numerous mechanical solutions.
The back rack was pulled out like the drawer of a furniture and access to the cockpit was guaranteed by handleless suicide doors which used push-buttons.
The front seats could be rotated of 90 ° to allow passengers to enter even more easily while the lighting system consisted of a huge headlight that used LED technology in both the front and back.
Winner of the salon's best concept car award, it never reached mass production.
Review of 021C
Thanks to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation