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1981 Ford Avant Garde by Ghia

Based on the American Ford Escort, the Avant Garde was built to study aerodynamics and drag coefficency. The underbody was smooth, the windshield slanted 67 degrees, and twin-engine cooling ducts were placed between the front bumper and hood. In contrast, the headlights and front signal indicators were partially covered by electronically-operated flaps. The rear window, equipped with an aerofoil, could be opened. The interior was lined in hand-finished leather and suede. The electronic instruments were recessed to avoid reflections while the controls for the signal indicators, horn, and wipers were situated directly behind the steering wheel. The radio could be removed for increased interior security, and a carpet blind could be drawn over the interior. The door panels featured removable suede shoulder compartments built into the armrests. It was presented at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show.

Engine & performance:

  • Position: front

  • Type: Ford Escort XR3, 4-cylinder

  • Capacity: 1597 cc

  • Power: 95 hp @ 6000 rpm

  • Torque: 132 Nm @ 4000 rpm

  • Top speed: 190 km/h


  • Length: 3950 mm

  • Width: 1620 mm

  • Height: 1260 mm

  • Wheelbase: 2395 mm

Source: Concept Car Central; allcarindex

Images: Ghia; Concept Car Central