When did the term Cars Of The Future first appear? Well really it has been with us virtually since the very first car appeared, and will stay with us until the very last car is designed.
Just about every new design in between has been looked upon as one of the cars of the future.
At the time the Model T Ford was the car of the future, as was the Austin 7, the Volkswagen, Citroen, the Chrysler Airflow certainly as was theTucker, plus lets not forget the Cord.
Some were hugely successful, some dismal failures either because they didn’t appeal to the buying public, or were sabotaged at the starting line by their opposition.
This video below Jay Leno shows and talks about many cars from the Model T right up to todays Tesla and other makes. Gas powered, electric, turbine and pedal power, are all there.
You can’t argue against the fact all-electric and hybrid vehicles are certainly progressing onward with most manufacturers of economy, luxury and high performance cars plus SUV’s offering either all-electric or hybrid options.
Advances in design picked up a gear or two around the mid thirties when concept models came on show. This gave the manufacturer a chance to gauge public reaction with having just a one or two of car as a trial, rather than going into full-scale production and then finding it was a no go.
Flops still happen, the Ford Edsel was a classic flop in 1960. Ford invested heavily in the Edsel and hyped it up as being the car that was going to outsell GM and Chrysler, but all it managed to do was cost Ford around $250 million. Bet that also hurt Ford’s pride but they made the big mistake of trying to make then sell a car they thought the public would rave over, rather than allowing the buying public to comment first.
The 1957 Chevy although not a flop was a big disappointment to GM as it failed to reach the sales figures GM were expecting. Well outsold by the Ford Customline yet today the Chevy is the far more popular collectable car.
The Buick Y-Jobwas the first true concept car and contributed considerably to Buick’s ongoing success. Buick first displayed the Y Job in 1938, being designed by Harley Earl who then continued to use it as his personal car until around 1950. He then upgraded himself to theCadillac concept car he designed.
Have a close look at it in this video and its easy to see its influence on Buick design going forward into the 1950’s, same with the Cadillac.
The Tucker was a car of the future in the late’40’s with much of its designs appearing years later.
thankyou to Jay Leno for this documentry. Photos are video screen shots.