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The Golden Sahara II brings the past back to life

Based on a 1953 Lincoln, this show car amazingly had autonomous capabilities and voice control tech.

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This is the Golden Sahara II, a freshly restored show car from the '50s that claims to be one of the world's first autonomous car concepts.

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This golden vision was a joint project between Goodyear and famed Hollywood car customizer George Barris during the Jet Age.

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Based on a 1953 Lincoln Capri hardtop, this one-off show car, commissioned by Ohioan Jim Street, has been the subject of an intensive restoration effort ahead of its debut here at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Get past the car's outrageous Barris bodywork and focus on the '50s future tech: The Golden Sahara II employs an "aircraft-inspired control lever for acceleration, braking and steering," and it featured a sensor-based automatic braking system that relied on antennae to spot objects in front of the car.

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The original car, which debuted in 1954, even featured a form of voice control, as well as remote-control doors and engine start.

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Goodyear's chief involvement with the car -- both then and now -- is a set of translucent tires made of synthetic rubber.

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Dubbed Neothane, the material allows for internal lighting.

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Another novel wheel-based feature? Crystal hubcaps that feature built-in turn signals.

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This show car cost the then-outrageous sum of $75,000 to be built, but we're guessing the just-completed restoration ended up costing much, much more.

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Click or scroll through for lots more shots of this car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.

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