Re: Forgotten Concept Cars

January 30th, 2019, 4:42 pm

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Pininnfarina Corvette Rondine. Ever wondered what it would be like if the C2 Corvette was designed by italians?ImageImage Image

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January 30th, 2019, 5:42 pm

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January 31st, 2019, 9:09 pm

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Jalopnik did an article on the 2005 Honda WOW, this thing is hilarious.

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February 1st, 2019, 8:07 pm

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1986 ItalDesign Oldsmobile Incas
Oldsmobile Incas general architecture is similar to the Medusa (1980) ,a five doors little berline, four seats with a central engine.
Nevertheless Incas, thanks to its opening doors system (front doors with a mobile dome just like the Quaranta, and seagull wind opening rear doors) and to its strong sport image, it is an exotic car, a four seats Coupé.

Anyway it keeps the comfort of a berline, the distance between foot-brake pedal and back seats is the same of Lancia Thema.

Internal compartment is really comfortable, instead of seats there are real armchairs.
The steering wheel is inspired by an aeronautic cloche and also to some Japanese (Mazda) marketing researches where it comes out that new generation car buyers, grown up with videogame, prefers the cloche instead of traditional steering wheel.

Cloche requires only a 90° steering corner for each side, in right side there are gear controls, air-conditioner and, windscreen wiper. In the left side there are lights, direction indicators stereo and cruise control. The horn in on both sides.

Into this car there are many technical and stylistic solutions that we can find also in other prototypes before created and modified just like the Testudo dome, Tapiro's doors, Boomerang windows and Etna glassed roof.
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February 5th, 2019, 12:15 pm

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the 1969 Toyota EX-III Concept Car
Shown at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show, the EX-III was the big brother of the EX-I. The larger body was even more aerodynamic, being built very low with a pointed front (no bumper), a long bonnet, sharply sloped sides and a tapered rear. Large exhaust outlets hinted at a gas turbine engine but no details were given.
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Shown for the first time at the 1969 Tokyo Motor Show, the EX-III was a sleek and hypermodern sports coupe. The car was designed in-house by Toyota, rather than by the typical European design firms used for concept cars at the time.

The EX-III featured a low-slung, aerodynamic body with a pointed front end, sculpted headlamps and no bumper. The car was shown alongside the EX-I, a Euro-styled sports car with design elements that would soon influence the 1970 Celica; as well as the EX-II, a goofy looking electric city car.
https://95octane.com/2017/10/27/1969-to ... i-concept/
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February 6th, 2019, 11:14 am

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How about the time Lamborghini & Chrysler made a sedan, the 1987 Portofino.
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February 6th, 2019, 12:18 pm

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I always loved the Portofino. I believe it was actually designed in the Chrysler studio in Detroit.

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February 7th, 2019, 8:57 am

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Pininfarina Corvette Rondine, that is superb. Looks so much like a boat you almost want to drive it into the water.

The Jaguar XJ 13, strictly a prototype not a concept but nevertheless to be remembered.
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February 7th, 2019, 9:11 am

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1966 Vauxhall XVR. They called a concept car an 'experimental research vehicle'. A nose so long it can still be called mid-engined. I love those tail lights. They clearly wanted to stand next to Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari. Unfortunately they did not follow through.
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February 7th, 2019, 11:37 am

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I saw the The Jaguar XJ 13 at the Art Center Classic a few years back. What a shape. The thing is amazing.

I had never seen that Vauxhall before, Ralph. Thanks for sharing that. Another gorgeous shape. The C3 Corvette came out in 1968. I could imagine the designers of this seeing an early clay model of the C3 and creating something much more elegant and simplified based on the theme. This car still feels like it could be new to me.

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February 9th, 2019, 5:37 pm

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I was also not aware of them doing these kinds of concepts back then. Here is another one, the 1975 Opel GT-W Génève. It made use of a compact design with a rotary engine. That engine is another story of how the environment always wins..the engine is more compact than a cylinder motor but less thermally efficient with slightly more emissions, that is why we don't see it anymore. Nice concept nevertheless.
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Beautiful concept. Interestingly the 928 debuted 2 years later and there are certainly some similar themes though this oooks lower, longer, and wider as a concept usually does :-)

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1993 Isuzu XU1 designed by Simon Cox
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This wasn't a design study but in 1995 Mercedes wanted to get on the modular/transformable body bandwagon and created the Vario Research Car. The idea was to have a paid service to switch the fiberglass upper body, transforming your car to a convertible or pick-up when the customer wanted to. I still like this idea of a shape-shifting vehicle but it needs to make sense from a business perspective as well.
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Check out this steering column on the 1978 Lancia Sibilo concept by Bertone.
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