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A concept car produced by Ford and debuted at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford 021C page on 2 November 2015, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford 021C was a concept car first shown to the public at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show by Ford. It was designed by Marc Newson and built by Ghia and was named after the Pantone orange colour, although it was later repainted in lime green. It was produced purely as a styling exercise and was not intended for production.


The design was commissioned by Ford’s design director J. Mays and resulted in a retro 1950s-inspired four-door saloon, with a slide-out boot, suicide doors and four seats.

The concept incorporated many innovations in the interior such as seats that swivelled on pedestals and a jewel-like dashboard and, when the light was switched on, an electro-luminescent film glowed snowy white across the ceiling. The dashboard dials were reminiscent of Newson's Ikepod watches and the steering wheel to his 1997 Alessi coat hook. The lighting designs featured LEDs and were created by Jonathan Coles for Isometrix Lighting. The car was later shown painted green and, unusually for an old prototype, has been shown again at various art exhibits.


The 021C was powered by a 1.6 L Zetec engine producing 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp) driving the front wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. The 16" alloy wheels were fitted with bespoke graphite coloured Pirelli tyres.

The car was 3,601 mm (141.8 in) long, 1,648 mm (64.9 in) wide and sat on a wheelbase of 2,485 mm (97.8 in).


Ford 021C Concept Car Marc Newson's 1999 Ford 021C concept car, at the Gagosian gallery in NYC in 2011.
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