1982 Ford Econocar Concept Car

Summary

Rising gas prices and economic recession sustained interest in small cars during the early 1980s. Ford designers had cash-strapped students and commuters in mind when they produced this non-driveable 1982 Econocar as a design exercise. Easy to build and repair, the compact car would have been inexpensive to purchase and operate. The Econocar never went into production.

Rising gas prices and economic recession sustained interest in small cars during the early 1980s. Ford designers had cash-strapped students and commuters in mind when they produced this non-driveable 1982 Econocar as a design exercise. Easy to build and repair, the compact car would have been inexpensive to purchase and operate. The Econocar never went into production.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1982

Creators

Cowen, Doug 

Ford Motor Company 

Kopka, Ken 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Designed by Ken Kopka and Doug Cowen; made by Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

88.427.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal
Fiberglass
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 50 in

Width: 60 in

Length: 133 in

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