Ford Avant Garde

Ford Avant Garde -

The Ford Avant Garde was based on a Ford Escort and built in 1981 by Ghia.

The Avant Garde was built to study aerodynamics and drag coefficency. The underbody was smooth, the windshield slanted at 67 degrees and twin engine cooling ducts were placed between the front bumper and the hood, while the headlights and front signal indicators were partially covered by electronically-operated flaps.

The car was painted gold on either side with the roof, hood and trunk all being painted black as well as the door pillars. Due to the time of its creation, it was fashionable to put clover-leaf wheels on Escorts and so, the Avantgarde sported them.

The car was left hand drive and 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. For increased interior security, the radio could be removed and a carpet blind could be drawn over the interior. The door panels featured removable suede shoulder compartments built into the armrests.

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