In the early years of the 21st century, concept cars were still an essential component of an automaker’s portfolio. In 2001 alone, Ford debuted such memorable show cars as the retro-themed Forty-Nine, the Urban Explorer, the Explorer Sportsman, and the F150 Lightning Rod. None, however, was more audacious than Ford’s shot across the Jeep Wrangler’s bow, the go-anywhere EX off-roader. On March 16, the drivable-but-not-road-legal 2001 Ford EX Concept crosses the block in Phoenix, Arizona, part of Mecum’s upcoming four-day sale.
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