Ford EX Concept

In the Fall of 1999, Ford launched a “no boundaries” ad campaign for its sport utility vehicles, emphasizing outdoor adventures and the ways that Ford vehicles could enhance the experience. The EX concept, first shown at Detroit’s 2001 North American International Auto Show, was aimed at off-road adventures of the extreme kind.

A two-seat vehicle built on a tubular chrome moly frame, the EX has brief composite body panels and a honeycomb-texture front grille surmounted by four round high-intensity driving lights. A bronze-tinted windshield folds down and clips to the hood, giving the intense experience of open-air driving.

This extreme experience does not compromise safety. The frame includes a full roll cage, and occupants are strapped into their seats with four-point harnesses. Dual air bags are located in the steering wheel and on the instrument panel. The instruments are mounted on the steering column, which swings from side to side for easy entry and exit. A removable storage bin bridges the rear suspension while an additional bin is located beneath the instrument panel. There are map pockets at the side to store other equipment.

Seats are upholstered in black-and-tan all-weather material, which is sun-, ozone- and water-resistant. The floor, which features integrated molded rubber non-skid pads, has drain plugs so it can be hosed out when necessary.

Drivetrain elements are located to achieve 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. The engine is a supercharged version of Ford’s 4.0 liter SOHC V6, developing 375 bhp and an extraordinary 410 lb-ft of torque. The five-speed manual transmission delivers power to each of the four wheels through a central transfer case. Minimal overhang allows a 52.5-degree angle of approach and a 90-degree angle of departure. The modest weight of 2,600 pounds and 50-50 distribution make the EX supremely nimble.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

375 bhp, 4.0 liter SOHC supercharged V6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, independent dual coil over reservoir shock absorber front and rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 100".

Source: Ford press and RM Auctions

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