Domestic manufacturers were faced with big problems after the 1973 oil crisis, meaning big cars. While every manufacturer was working in some manner to reduce the fuel consumption of their vehicles, very different approaches were taken. While most focused on powertrain refinements, Ford used their series of Probe concepts to study how to employ aerodynamics to maximize efficiency.
Designed by Uwe Bahnsen, a European stylist, this sleek creation had a 0.22 coefficient drag which was said to be capable of doubling the fuel economy of a contemporary vehicle of contemporary size. Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder, city mileage was projected to be 39 mpg.
[Picture taken at Petersen’s Museum, in Los Angeles, California.]