Ford 021C by Marc Newson

Skott L. | 10:04 AM | 14 comments

Ford 021C

A re-look at the Ford concept car that was unveiled ten years ago! Back in 1999, then ford's head of design, J.Mays decided to get a designer outside of the company on a concept car. He chose Marc Newson who had been designing furniture and products but never designed a car before. Marc Newson's design was a simple and affordable small car. Built from carbon fibre, it has some interesting features like the rear doors are hinged at the back that four wide opening doors for easy entrance and egress. The trunk functioned as a pull out drawer instead of a lift up lid. Newson named the car 021c after his favorite Pantone color.

When the car was unveiled, it was almost universally despised. The design was too left-field and people back then still not ready for a boxy and toylike car. But today, after ten years of the design, 021C is the only concept car that still looks fresh and futuristic of all the concept cars in 1999.

Ford 021C
Marc Newson
Marc Newson
Ford 021C

via jalopnik

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  1. Anonymous says:

    not that anyone really reads these comments, but i hae lusted after this car since i first saw it
    i still want one
    though i am still a bit skeptical about the drawer boot..

  2. Anonymous says:

    oh my god i love it

  3. Really love the chairs, carpet, and bright color! The clean lines and white make me think apple...I wonder if the back then haters have changed their mind?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ford would never be smart enough to build a car like this. It would be in direct competition with the vw beetle and scion xb two highly sought after cars.

  5. podstars says:

    me too. awesome. i want. badly

  6. podstars says:

    me too. i want. badly.

  7. Unknown says:

    it looks really pleasant, but...

    no seatbelts, no airbags, no turn signal trigger
    no headlights, turnsignals, high break lights, front license plate and i imagine lots of other stuff that i don't think about that makes a car more cluttered.

  8. Drake Hollander says:

    Living proof that people are basically a bunch of nearsighted dimwits that don't know what the hell they want. They pan this, meanwhile, we're force fed a decade of crappy Explorer knock-offs which are all just massive square crimes against humanity and our eyesight.

  9. Anonymous says:

    well, the Bentley Hunaudières concept still looks fresh and futuristic,

    except, it made into production and reincarnated as the Bugatti Veyron.

  10. Dimka says:

    i wish i could get a car like that

  11. Anonymous says:

    Just as a point of clarification, it was 'hated' among the strictly automotive set, but heralded within other design circles

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great stuff !

    Lovely idea, they should build this,
    ..ass well Honda shold build EV-N , and Citroen modern 2CV...

    coem'n producers Just Do IT - they are cool projects..!

  13. I love this car.The 021c Concept has been the subject of much chatter around the Web. The general consensus is that had the concept car been unveiled in 2009 rather than 1999.its story may have ended differently.This car designed to appeal to the younger generation.i wish i could get a car like that