1. Nuclear Powered Car (Ford Nucleon)
Chalk this idea up under the car improvement ideas that never came true that we are all happy about—the nuclear powered car. In 1958 Ford created the Nucleon concept car. The primary idea behind the design of the vehicle was to envision what a nuclear powered car would look like once nuclear technology progressed to the point of being able to create a miniature reactor that could fit in the rear of the car. The obvious questions of price, nuclear fallout issues, and other major calamities that would result in the event of a major accident were primarily ignored in this timeframe as many of the hazards associated with nuclear power today were not necessarily public information at the time of the prototype creation.