Floating on Air: The Ford Mach I Levacar

“The newest development in wheelless, air-propelled vehicles” was how Ford Motor Company described its Levacar Mach I in 1959. The vehicle slid along on a thin film of compressed air, emitted through three “levapads” underneath the car. While Ford was hoping the levitation system would have applications in high speed public transportation, the real legacy may be the Mach I name for performance Mustangs and perhaps the inspiration for air hockey.
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3 Responses to “Floating on Air: The Ford Mach I Levacar”

  1. Melvin Jay says:

    My father was the head of this project for Ford and I have additional information if interested.

  2. Bruce Holberg says:

    I am building a model of the Levacar. Can you tell me what the color scheme was? Thanks.
    Bruce

  3. JAMES P. says:

    MELVIN,
    I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN MORE INFO. WAS A MAGNET INVOLVED?
    “This Jetsons-esque cruiser was lifted by magnets—and actually worked.”
    http://fordannarbor.varsityford.com/2013/01/

    Sincerely,
    James P.

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