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1980 Mercury Antser concept

1980 Mercury Antser concept

On the surface the wedge-shaped 1980 Mercury Antser concept may have looked like a modernized Pinto or futuristic AMC Pacer. However, it was much more ambitious.

1980 Mercury Antser concept

Electric sliding doors allowed entry to the computer assisted cabin. Tape-based navigation was displayed on a screen large enough to rival screens 35 years later. One readout continuously reported the car’s estimated required stopping distance.

1980 Mercury Antser concept

The big surprise was under the hood where two power cells provided DC power to all four wheels. Those cells were constantly recharged by a small on-board generator.

1976 Ford Antser concept

This is the 1976 Ford Antser concept. There isn’t much information on it, in particular the power source. Apart from colors and a badge, visual changes aren’t apparent.

1976 Ford Antser concept

The rear has an uncanny resemblance to GM’s H-body hatchbacks, like the Chevy Monza, Buick Skyhawk and Olds Starfire.