1963 Budd XR-400 Concept Car

Summary

The Budd Company approached American Motors Corporation in 1962 with this concept car, which placed a stylish body and a powerful V-8 on an inexpensive Rambler Ambassador chassis. AMC demurred, fearing the car would fail. Two years later, Ford introduced the successful Mustang, which followed the same basic idea of a sporty new body on an existing platform.

The Budd Company approached American Motors Corporation in 1962 with this concept car, which placed a stylish body and a powerful V-8 on an inexpensive Rambler Ambassador chassis. AMC demurred, fearing the car would fail. Two years later, Ford introduced the successful Mustang, which followed the same basic idea of a sporty new body on an existing platform.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1963

Creators

Budd Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

97.32.1

Credit

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

Material

Metal
Glass (Material)
Rubber (Material)
Vinyl

Color

Bluish gray
Dark blue
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 51 in

Width: 71 in

Length: 177 in  (approx.)

Inscriptions

Plastic plate front bumper: XR-BUDD/DESIGNED, ENGINEERED / AND BUILT BY... / THE BUDD COMPANY Sides: XR 400 Rear: BUDD

Specifications

Make & Model: 1963 Budd XR-400 Concept Car

Maker: Budd Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Engine: V-8, overhead valves, 327 cubic inches

Transmission: 3-speed automatic

Height: 51 inches

Wheelbase: 108 inches

Width: 71 inches

Overall length: 177 inches

Horsepower: 270

Price: N/A

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