NEW FORDS (Jan, 1954)

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NEW FORDS

FORD Motor Company’s X-100 and Lincoln-Mercury Division’s XL-500 are examples of its engineers’ unending search for the cars of tomorrow. The X-100, a laboratory on wheels, is a five-passenger, two-door convertible with a black steel and aluminum body. Its 92 switches control 24 motors, 53 relays, 50 light bulbs, etc., including hood and trunk lifts. The transmission has an electric gear selector. The front seats feature nylon web safety belts and electric warmers. They adjust six ways—up, down, forward, backward, and tilt front and back.

The XL-500 experimental sports car has an automatic push button transmission, scarlet Fiberglas body and all-glass roof, tinted, glare-proof and heat-resistant. It seats four passengers on its leather upholstery.

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  1. quadibloc says: April 20, 20122:23 pm

    Of course, the X-100 later became famous as the Batmobile.

    But before that, it appeared in a movie as a luxury car someone won as a prize in a contest… a romantic comedy set in Italy. In it, the car was painted red. But I can’t seem to Google up the name of the movie now…

  2. quadibloc says: April 20, 20122:28 pm

    I was thinking of “It Started With a Kiss”, with Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford. However, apparently the car that became the Batmobile, which did appear in that movie, was a Lincoln Futura, and not the X-100. Even though the X-100 resembles some comic book versions of the Batmobile…

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