1955 Ford X-1000
Ford X-1000, 1955-56 - fins were retractable
The beautiful X-1000 was designed at the request of Ford's vice president and general manager of styling George Walker, shown here with a 3/8-scale model of the design
3/8th scale Ford X-1000 in front of the full size X-1000 (clay). From the Advanced Styling Showroom around Christmas, 1955
3/8th scale Ford X-1000. Tremulis flanked by George Walker and someone who looks like it could be Robert McNamara. Dated 12-21-1955
Images: www.autoweteran.gower.pl; www.jalopyjournal.com
The X-1000 was designed by Ford designer Alex Tremulis at Ford's Advanced Studio during 1955-1956. Man's fascination with space travel is clearly evident as even its fins were retractable. While it certainly was interesting to look at, no body panels from the X-1000 would show up on any production-based Ford.
By 1955, Fords use of the fin on their production vehicles was still in its infancy, but back at the design studios the fin was reaching for the stars. Ford stylist Alex Tremulis designed the X-1000 during 1955-1956. The X-1000 was a pure flight of fancy. While many concept cars forecasted a significant design concept that would later appear on a production-based car, the X-1000 was a pure dream. The only components of the X-1000 that would see the production line were a few instrument panel knobs. A streamlined car by any standards, the X-1000 featured smooth lines and a huge set of fins that actually retracted into the body. The X-1000 was also designed to use a rear-mounted gas-turbine engine and it was campaigned extensively on the auto show circuit. A live display at the Chicago Auto Show featured several Ford modelers deeply engrossed in building a clay mock-up of the X-1000. This gave the general public a firsthand look at how the design studios actually worked.
FQRD’S model jet-styled X-1000 has ﬂoating ﬁns, retractable canopy, instruments and push-button transmission controls in its steering wheel hub-features you may see on future cars. It also has three seats set in triangular pattern; the driver’s seat swivels for easy access.
Source: Dennis David - Fifties Fins