Ford Nucleon Scale Model, 1958

Summary

This 3/8 scale model was built to explore how the future of energy might affect the future of automotive design. The Ford Nucleon would have been powered by a rear-mounted self-contained nuclear reactor. This atomic automobile idea assumed, of course, that issues with nuclear safety and the size and weight of nuclear reactors would eventually be resolved. The Nucleon was never produced.

This 3/8 scale model was built to explore how the future of energy might affect the future of automotive design. The Ford Nucleon would have been powered by a rear-mounted self-contained nuclear reactor. This atomic automobile idea assumed, of course, that issues with nuclear safety and the size and weight of nuclear reactors would eventually be resolved. The Nucleon was never produced.

Artifact

Scale model

Date Made

1958

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

87.80.1

Credit

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

Material

Plastic

Color

Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 in

Width: 29 in

Length: 75 in

Weight: 115 lbs  (approximate, for shipping)

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