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2000 Ford Prodigy Concept that Inspired the Five Hundred – WebTimes

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A static display prototype of the Ford Prodigy concept that debuted at the 2000 NAIAS in Detroit is up for sale. The original concept boasted an aluminum body, a diesel-hybrid powertrain, and exceptional fuel efficiency with a 72 mpg rating. However, the vehicle being offered lacks a drivetrain and functional components, featuring a composite shell built over a supporting structure made of wood and steel.

This unique opportunity allows 2000s concept car enthusiasts to own a piece of automotive history, although it is important to note that this is a full-scale display model and not the actual concept. While the rolling model is strictly for static display purposes, it is being offered at no reserve, making it potentially appealing for private museums or dedicated Ford fans.

The Ford Prodigy Concept made its debut at the turn of the millennium at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Although the concept did not make it to production, the static prototype was preserved and even influenced the design of subsequent Ford models like the 2005 Ford Five Hundred and the 2006 Ford Fusion.

The Prodigy Concept was initially designed with a diesel-hybrid powertrain, featuring a 1.2-liter diesel engine and a single electric motor for efficient performance. Despite lacking a functional powertrain, the concept’s lightweight aluminum body and exceptional aerodynamics helped achieve its remarkable fuel efficiency.

The design of the Prodigy Concept left a lasting legacy, influencing the exterior of future Ford vehicles like the Fusion and the Mondeo. The vehicle is currently available for purchase at an online auction by Bring A Trailer, with no reserve and no estimates on its value. This unique piece of automotive history is a rare find for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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