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Colorized Mario's Tribute to 1955 Ford Mystere

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1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car.

Propelled by a gas turbine power plant under the rear deck.

Cargo and spare tire were housed under the front hood.

The entire glass dome lifted up. Hinged at the back, the canopy could be opened up 70-degrees.

A large bubble of glass served as roof, windows and windshield.

A radio telphone was housed in a console between the two rear bucket seats. Push Button Start.

The aircraft-type steering wheel was a throw-over, meaning that the car could be driven from either front seat.

Front seats would swivel outward and passengers could easily enter and exit through half-doors.

The scoop at the top of the windshield supplied fresh air into the 4-passenger cockpit.

Modern features were push button ignition switch, padded dash and a TV set behind the front seat.

The Ford Mystere was created by Bill Boyer of the Advanced Styling Studio in the summer of 1954.

The Ford Mystere influenced the 'swash' bodyside molding of the 1957 Fairlane 500.

The car was on display during the 1956 Chicago Extravaganza.

The prototype show car had no engine, although provisions were made to fit one under the rear deck.

The Ford Mystere influenced the fin development on the quarter panel and taillights of all models.

One-piece glass roof, forward-thrusting front fenders, dual afterburner tail lamps.

Air flowed into the periscope-type scoop.

The 1957 models all owe their fins, quad headlights, and taillights to this car.

Video screen for rear seat passenger entertainment. Watch your favorite TV shows in glorious black & white. Check out the “rabbit ears” antenna at the back of the car.

The front bumper pods are air cooler reservoirs. The Ford Mystere was constructed from fiberglass.

The car was displayed at auto shows then returned to Ford where it went into storage. Reportedly, the Mystere was scrapped sometime in the 70s.

1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car 1:43 scale model.

1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car 1:43 scale model.

1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car 1:43 scale model.

1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car 1:43 scale model.

1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car 1:43 scale model.

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Mario on Oct 17, 2021 said:

The new 1955 Ford Mystere Concept Car was ultra modern with many gadgets and a fiberglass body.

Unfortunately this car did not survive and was scrapped sometime in the 70's.

What are the Gear Heads thoughts on this Future Car from Ford good or bad? Cheers!

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azmusclecar on Oct 18, 2021 said:

Hey Mario,

I tuned back in for those grins and giggles and Lord have mercy, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

If that is a concept car, I see all the CONS.

At least call it a PROject car. At least the word "PRO" is in that.

I don't think they finished it.

Did the nightly custodian just sweep up a bunch of parts that were on the floor and the designers came in the next morning and went WOW......LOVE IT.

I call it the Ford MYSTERY, not the MYSTERE. Or do they mean it mis-steers down the road?

I had to go put drops in my eyes after seeing this.

I vote the plastic model looks the best.

Even different paint schemes can't mask it's look.

Sorry but I think the designers should have been sent to a design studio for something other than cars. Maybe ladies dresses, and hats, and even toys.

Just my .02 Glad I stopped by. Be safe.

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Mario on Oct 18, 2021 said:

So what are you trying to say Rob, not too sure if you like it or not? I admit it's not the BEST concept car but they tried.

Glad you got on this website to check on us old gear heads.

Stay tuned more coming down this way. Cheers.

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57timemachine on Oct 19, 2021 said:

Only a mother could love it.

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Mario on Oct 20, 2021 said:

You're right George!

It goes to show how the GM Design Engineers far out classed and out performed all other manufacturers.

I believe this is why GM was number 1 for decades. Their Sales team was great but the cars really sold themselves. Gone are those days. Cheers.

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Mario on Feb 16, 2023 said:

Added new video 2-15-23.

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Mario on Apr 17, 2024 said:

I colorized the B/W pictures.

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