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Old 02-23-2005, 06:33 PM   #11
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I wouldn't mind being the guy who "destroys" them. (sneak some awsome parts off before they are destroyed)
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There was just a "My Classic Car" episode (I think that'* what it'* called) on Speed a few days ago..... the guy with the big handlebar mustache got to tour a private GM showroom that houses a lot of their prototypes and concept cars both new and old. There were a few hundred, so GM definitely doesn't destroy some of their one-off cars. It was very interesting, and they got to take of few of the cars out on the road. Beats me why they don't open that place up to the public.
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I know the caddie sixteen and cien were not destroyed some rich B paid a lot for them I would live to have eather one of them 16=1000hp 1000tq add turbos and
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Nearly all production prototypes are crushed. Hot Rod Mag Did up an 04 F140, they tubbed the rear, Huge paint job, modified the bed to H***, suspension was all redone, put in a cage, drag slicks, cause Ford said to make a show truck. Ford said they couldn't have it anymore, and it had to be crushed.

They were told to return it to stock form. I think ford got a huge pile of parts to destroy..
The ones that are displayed by other companies might be crushed (Car and Driver, MotorTrend, etc.). But the ones on show in an OEM'* display, made by that very OEM are not crushed. The amount of R & D in the prototypes is significant. To help offset those costs, the OEMs and suppliers use them to recover as much of the expense as possible.

The prototypes aren't sold primarily because they may not meet federal safety requirements and/or OEM quality specifications.
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Why not give them away vs. crush them. What a waste. Like abandon them in the middle of a National Forest with the keys inside. Better than crushing them.
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Liabilities. Prototypes rarely function as safely as production vehicles.
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Liabilities. Prototypes rarely function as safely as production vehicles.
That'* why they're used for more R & D... Sure, after the car'* usefulness has been full utilized they'll be destroyed, but not immediately after a show.
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I'm thinking about going to school @ UTI or DADC (denver auto and diesel) and I know when the course is over you build your own car from scratch and such, but it has to be destroyed when finished. You know how....man I dont even know...that would suck.
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Me no care about safety. Me like sleeper. Sleeper good.
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I'm thinking about going to school @ UTI or DADC (denver auto and diesel) and I know when the course is over you build your own car from scratch and such, but it has to be destroyed when finished. You know how....man I dont even know...that would suck.
I would pull every string possible to be able to keep the car I built. If keeping it is not possible, then why even put your heart into it. You know its going to be torn away at the end.
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