2016 Ford Consumer Car
The Consumer Car
2016 Consumer Car - “Driving Art”
- Peterson Automotive Museum Piece
- 1.3L 4 Cylinder
- 5 Speed Manual Transmission
- Completely Custom Body Work
- Road Legal
- Clean Title
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We receive vehicle after vehicle in our showroom, and thanks to our niche in the car market, we see a good number of unique vehicles. This car is in it's own league as far as uniqueness is concerned. The first words that are uttered when folks see it are usually 'what is it?'. This car gets people's gears going as soon as they see it. Examining it, thinking about it, noticing the details. Is it a movie prop? A box on wheels? Does it actually drive? It is not a movie prop. Yes, we suppose you could say that it is a box on wheels. Yes, it actually drives, and driving it is fun! Better yet, it has a clean title and is road legal. More important is that this car is the vision of a Michigan based artist and designer who had an idea to challenge what consumers expect of a vehicle. The idea was to, “deconstruct the idea of consumable transportation styling: to see the light, the darkness, the air, the sounds, the world in 360 degrees.” It's an interesting idea, which even at just a quick glance, makes you consider what you expect from a vehicle. As a consumer.
It's not the first one-off vehicle we've had in our showroom, or the first concept vehicle, but it is the first vehicle that we've had which was displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum. This car was displayed as part of a “Disruptors” exhibit in late 2019 and into 2020. The exhibit examined modes of transportation that are a result of taking the elements we normally associate with a vehicle and only keep the main objective which is to get people and things from place to place. This car is based on a familiar, small econobox; the 1993 Ford Festiva. The car's humble beginnings as a small economy car have become more humble in this latest iteration. The economical Ford 1.3 Liter 4-cylinder mated to a 5-speed manual transmission powers this car.
Although the car is very simple looking, and so many details that a consumer would expect in a car have been removed, a lot of thought went into the design of the finished product. Gradually taking things away meant finding solutions to keep the car simple and functional. What materials to use? How squared off should the car be? To use a simpler box shape, or make it extremely angular? After the omission of the doors, how will passengers get in? Clever design solutions in the form of small, and in some cases, large details are fun to see throughout. At the front, a large reflective mirror panel takes the place of a grille. The mirror symbolizes the consumption of everything ahead as occupants roll along. Just behind the mirror are 3 LED lights, and the engine. A very small rearview mirror can be seen at the driver's side, and 4 small footholds provide an extra boost for passengers who are getting in for a drive. A single tail light at the rear is concealed just behind a horizontally mounted perforated metal panel, and a majority of the exterior of the car is actually fabric.
Once “inside” the car, it's apparent (as a consumer) that there are no creature comforts, or any extras. We may say that we find the interior of a vehicle to be very simple, but this car takes that to another level. There really is nothing inside the car other than seats, a steering wheel, 3 pedals, and a gear shifter. Even the simplest of features that we as consumers feel would be standard in any vehicle are MIA. No gauges, no rearview mirror, no climate control buttons or switches, no radio, and no speakers. The great part about all the missing features is that you can really concentrate on the drive. It's no frills, but that really allows you to see what's going on around you easily.
Speaking of seeing what's around you easily, the fact that there is no roof, windows, doors or door frames make it much easier to see what's around you - all around you. A stylish helmet, or a snazzy pair of goggles are necessary for a cruise in this car. With no windshield, the road seems to come at you even quicker. Thanks to the car's shape, it looks as though it's floating along - especially from the point of view of other drivers. It's a driveable piece of modern art that will get people thinking; whether it's parked in your house, your garage, or rolling down the road. Take a good look at this simple, yet intriguing concept. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.