Rule The Road With This Stunning 1980s Ford Concept

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It just needs an engine.

It's not often that a concept car comes up for sale, especially one that looks as wild as this Ford Via concept by Ghia. Looking like a 90s Tesla Model S, this fantastic creation has gone up for auction, and you've got only three days left to make it yours. Ford has been on point when it comes to concept designs in recent months, with the Bronco and Mustang Mach-E looking better than ever, but this car looked way ahead of its time when it made its debut at the 1990 Chicago Auto Show.

The Via was designed by a team of stylists that included Ian and Moray Callum who was heavily involved in the styling of the Mazda MX-5. The body is constructed out of fiberglass (carbon fiber wasn't a big thing thirty years back) and has two functioning doors.

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Some of the cooler features include photosensitive roof panels and fiber optic interior lighting. The car was purchased at auction in 2002 as part of a larger batch of concept vehicles from the Ford Motor Company. Unfortunately, no drivetrain is fitted, which leaves the door open for all kinds of crazy swaps.

The exterior styling of this car features two prominent hood intakes, two aircraft-style fuel filler caps, and a futuristic active rear spoiler. The two photosensitive glass panels lighten or darken according to the light outside, and the headlights, which sit below the windshield, each contain nine elements that are apparently individually programmable. The car rolls on a set of 17-inch Speedline wheels with black center caps.

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On the inside, you get four seats, with those in the front being hard-backed bucket seats. It all looks like something you'd find on an 80s speed boat. Seats are trimmed with taupe and black with a turquoise center stripe. The dashboard includes a CD player, some metric instruments, and some faux buttons to full up the rest of the space.

There are a few faults here and there, such as cracks in the fiberglass on the right-front door and around the rear filler cap. The steering system also has to be connected, and the seats show signs of fading, but overall its a pretty cool package. The current bid stands at $1,700 and you have three days until the auction comes to an end.

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