1957 Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Summary

Cornell Aeronautical Labs did some of the first crash testing of automobiles. In 1957 Cornell teamed with Liberty Mutual Insurance to build this unusual looking concept car that incorporated the lessons learned in testing. The car did not actually run, but it featured ideas like seat belts, head rests, and padded interiors that are incorporated into today's cars.

Cornell Aeronautical Labs did some of the first crash testing of automobiles. In 1957 Cornell teamed with Liberty Mutual Insurance to build this unusual looking concept car that incorporated the lessons learned in testing. The car did not actually run, but it featured ideas like seat belts, head rests, and padded interiors that are incorporated into today's cars.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1957

Creators

Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory 

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company 

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Buffalo 

Creator Notes

Made by Ford Motor Company; modified by Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo, New York and funded by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

92.172.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Material

Steel (Alloy)
Metal
Glass (Material)
Plastic (Organic material)
Rubber (Material)
Leather

Color

Teal
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 63 in

Width: 75 in

Length: 207 in

Inscriptions

On wheel covers: "CORNELL'S SAFETY CAR"

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