1953 Lincoln Continental 1950-X

Announced in 1952, this was Ford's "Car of Tomorrow," a pilot model being studied toward future development as a practical five-passenger sedan. Called the Lincoln Continental Nineteen Fifty X (Lincoln Continental 1950-X), it served as a laboratory for the creation of new features for possible inclusion on production cars. This view showed how the curved windshield blended into the clear-dome top. For fair-weather driving, the non-glare, low-heat transmitting top over the front seat retracted mechanically into the leather-covered canopy.

There were two cars built in 1953 by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford X-100 and the Lincoln Fifty-X, which are shown here. They were virtually the same car!

This car was named Lincoln Continental 1950-X at its introduction in early 1952, but was later renamed Ford X-100, 1953 / Lincoln Typhoon, 1957

Probably the first true Ford dream car was the X-100 of 1953, which anticipated the torpedo styling themes of later Fords like the 1961 Thunderbird. Another indication of Ford’s new directions from the same year was the Mexico — only a scale model, but the result of wind-tunnel testing and an important pointer to future trends. Ford claimed 50 engineering firsts for this car, including a moisture-sensitive cell on the roof, which automatically closed the plastic sliding roof panel.