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Cars of Futures Past – Ford Nucleon Concept

Posted July 25, 2013 8:00 AM by dstrohl
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The mid-1950s were a time of boundless optimism in the United States. Scientists had harnessed the limitless (and presumed safe) power of the atom, and in 1954 the United States Navy launched the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. Under President Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" program, construction had begun on the country's first nuclear power plant in Shippingport, Pennsylvania, which promised to deliver power that was both cheap and clean. In 1951, Motor Trend ran an article entitled "Tomorrow's Atom-Powered Car," predicting a day in the foreseeable future when nuclear power would be compact, light and safe enough for deployment in the automobile. Framed by this zeitgeist, Ford introduced its Nucleon concept in 1958, envisioning what an atomic-powered automobile of the future might look like.

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07/25/2013 10:47 AM

'....the Argon National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois, reportedly took an immediate interest in the vehicle. Upon the release of Ford's first press release referencing the proposed nuclear-powered car of the future, the Argon National Laboratory requested...'

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Giggle, giggle, giggle. 'Argon' national lab! What a gas!

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(The have to be referring to Argonne).

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07/27/2013 4:54 PM

How'd you like to smack into something with THAT ford product?

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07/27/2013 6:46 PM

Could I opt to side-swipe?

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07/28/2013 11:05 PM

I recall the Chicago museum of science and industry having a display of a nuclear auto. That was in the 60's and 70's.

Later I thought how many junk cars would be needed to assemble a bomb. Good thing this never became reality.

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07/29/2013 11:57 AM

When I look at this image I think of the star ship Enterprise:

When I think of nuclear powered cars, I think of the Fallout games.

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07/29/2013 6:16 PM

...the predecessor to the "Zippo" Pinto?

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