The Ford Shuttler is a concept built in 1981 and based on the Fiesta platform which was shortened to a wheelbase of only 77 inches. That is only 16 inches longer than theShuttler concept is wide. The car was built by the Italian coachbuilders Ghia.
In this diminutive space Ghia has managed to create a very attractive little city coupe. It was the center of attention wherever it appeared. Starting with a typical Fiesta nose, Ghia managed to create an attractive front end to the car.
Great care has been paid to the Shuttler concept’s aerodynamics as well. The side window glass fits flush with its frames, mirrors are in faired-in enclosures and the door handles are recessed into the doors. A group of 20 holes punched into the hood is curious, but does draw the eye.
Inside the Shuttler are two seats and it is unusually well appointed with grey/brown cloth accented with orange covering the seats, dash (formed in a sloping tray for storage) and door panels. The steering wheel is unusually but attractively shaped with a wide single spoke pierced by a good-sized round hole. Instruments and (dummy) switches are arranged in a cluster of four round housings on the steering column. There is even a small console between the seats with the power window switches, cigarette lighter and a small armrest. The bodywork is metal and the door gaps and panel fits are very good. 155/70R13 Pirelli tires are mounted on steel wheels with plastic covers.