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December 12, 2023

The 1964 Ford Aurora Was an Incredible Futuristic Station Wagon Concept

Ford Motor Company introduced the Aurora concept car at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Ford stylists designed the futuristic station wagon with young families in mind. Its clamshell tailgate opened wide for easy access into the rear “children’s compartment.” This area could be closed off from the rest of the wagon with a soundproof glass partition.

Ford debuted its Aurora concept car at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The futuristic station wagon featured illuminated panels along its body sides; a polarizing sunroof that changed from transparent to opaque with the push of a button; and, instead of a conventional steering wheel, a powered steering bar that required just one half turn from lock to lock.

The interior of the Aurora looked more like a living room than a traditional station wagon. The back seat was referred to as a sofa and looked the part. It also sported a “communications console” that tripled as a radio, television set, and refreshments cabinet. The front passenger seat swivels to face a curved sofa in the lounge area. In place of a steering wheel, the Aurora has a steering bar.

In 1965, Polaris Productions contacted Ford Motor Company about using the automaker’s Aurora concept car in the forthcoming Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ford agreed to loan the futuristic station wagon. In the end, the production team chose not to use the Aurora, believing that the car didn’t fit with the film’s overall design aesthetic.


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