I've often romanticized about a day when I'll be able to run a fleet of vehicles, each with its own purpose. A city car? Got one. Track weapon? Absolutely. Highway mile-eater? Hmm…
There are many different approaches to designing a car that excels over long distance driving. Generally, something comfortable—with good visibility, power to pass, and reasonable fuel consumption. These days, if you had to go from Madrid to Berlin and wanted to do it with the least amount of drama, a diesel Audi A6 is probably about right.
Now, we have powerful diesels that eat highways with ease and interiors that are more comfortable than ever. In the '90s, speed and comfort meant a V6 or V8-powered sedan—I'd probably pick a Lexus LS for a long haul.
If history had been a bit different, however, maybe the car talked about in the comments on auto historian Alden Jewell's Flickr page would have been an option for a long drive. Yes, this is the Intercoast T2 GTP.
Builder Mel Francis reached out to Jewell, helping to shine some light on this wild creation. Built entirely from 1992 Ford Taurus SHO mechanicals repositioned on a steel tube spaceframe chassis, the car was intended to be a low-drag grand tourer—think of a Honda NSX, if its passengers sat in tandem!
Squared up at the rear to provide luggage space, in his comments Francis says that it's similarly sized to a Ford Ranchero—a large vehicle for just two people that's been created to serve a pretty limited purpose.
Sadly—as I'm sure you'll agree—this prototype was broken apart and used for "other projects." I wonder what those might be…
- Intercoast T2 GTP: flickr.com (Alden Jewell)