All Influential concept cars articles – Page 4

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Darrin Roadsters


    Dutch Darrin’s search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of sports cars

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Darrin Roadsters


    Dutchman Darrin's search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of sports cars

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    Concept Car(s) of the Week: The Corvette Quartet (1954)


    The Chevrolet Corvette is an American automotive icon. Introduced in 1953, it is the longest continually produced domestic car, still going strong at almost 65 years. But its beginning was shaky, and the sports car program was almost canceled before it had really begun.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Studebaker Sceptre


    Studebaker is an American automotive legend, and of the few manufacturers to successfully transition from the horse-drawn to the horsepower eras. Founded in 1852, the company produced high quality wagons for farming and overland freight hauling. By 1875 Studebaker was the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, producing wagons and carriages in a proto-assembly line that had no rivals.

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    Concept Truck of the Week: Ford Ranger II


    What Syd Mead Would Drive to the Beach

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    Frank Lloyd Wright’s Lincoln Continental


    This week marks the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary, if you’re not fluent in Latin) of the birth of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. All over the United States, and beyond, celebrations and exhibitions are planned and the architect’s contributions to modern architecture and city planning are once again a lively subject of debate and critical essays.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Renault Avantime (1999)


    In the history of French car design, Philippe Guédon is a legend. While maybe not as well-known as Patrick Le Quement or Robert Opron, Guédon has been involved in the design of many vehicles from Simca, Matra and of course Renault. He is considered the father of the Renault Espace, a design widely attributed to designer Antonis Volanis but finally shepherded to production by Guédon for Renault in 1984.

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    Lamborghini Bravo (1974)


    For many, the recent crisis of 2008 through to 2012 was the worst downturn for the automotive industry in many years. But the mid-1970s were in many ways just as grim, though many of the players in the industry were stronger then and could weather the economic storm better than in recent crises. For makers of fine cars, however, those were desperate times indeed. But many of the designs of those years, some of the best ever, seem to defy the desperation and might fool one into thinking it was an automotive golden age.

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    Pontiac Phantom (Madam X)


    William ‘Bill’ Mitchell spent his entire 42-year career at General Motors, much of it served under the leadership of the flamboyant Harley Earl, GM’s Vice President of Design for over three decades. Earl appointed Mitchell as Cadillac’s first design chief in 1936. In 1954 he was promoted to Director of Styling, serving directly under Earl. Finally, after Earl retired, Mitchell stepped into Earl’s place and was Vice President of Design from late 1958 until his own retirement in 1977.

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    Cadillac Personal Luxury Car Concepts


    In 1960, General Motors found itself on top of the industrial world. It was the largest corporation with the greatest reach and broadest product line of any corporation in the world. It produced everything from home appliances to cars and trucks, to heavy industrial machinery and military vehicles. True to its name, if it had a motor, General Motors probably produced some version of it.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Pininfarina Jacqueline (1961)


    When John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in 1961, he and his wife Jacqueline were not just state dignitaries, they were celebrities. Their image was one of a young America entering a new era. Jacqueline herself was an instant fashion icon – an American beauty, only 31 years old at the time of her husband’s inauguration. She became famous for pink Chanel suits, pillbox hats and a glamorous lifestyle inherited from her wealthy, old-world family. No other First Lady, before or since, has captured the American and international imagination so completely.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Hillman Zimp [1964]


    The Hillman Imp was manufactured from 1963 to 1976 for the Rootes Group, then later for Chrysler’s European group. It was sold in the lineup of a number of marques – Hillman, Singer, and Sunbeam – and in a number of configurations; coupé, saloon, estate (the Husky), a van and others. It was meant to be a direct competitor to the BMC Mini, and the two cars did fight it out for supremacy in the subcompact/starter car market, at least for a few years.

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    Concept Car of the Week: Chrysler 70X (1969) and Cordoba Del Oro (1970)


    Defining the “Fuselage” Aesthetic for a New Decade at Chrysler

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    Concept Car of the Week: Citroën M35


    Ami meets Wankel. Odd romance ensues

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    Concept Car (OK, Truck) of the Week: Siemens Innotruck (2012)


    Luigi Colani, Siemens and T.U. Munich showcase their vision of tomorrow’s truck

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    Concept Car of the Week: General Motors Bison (1964)


    Exploring a trucking application for gas-turbine technology

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    Concept Car of the Week: GM LeSabre (1951)


    Harley Earl's concept which set the agenda for the rocketship age

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    Concept Car of the Week: Norman Timbs Special (1948)


    Like a Hollywood take on a German race car, this sleek road-legal roadster was both out of place and time

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    Concept Car of the Week: Buick Centurion (1956)


    The centrepiece of General Motors legendary Motorama shows, the Buick Centurion was the combined talent of Harley Earl and Charles ‘Chuck’ Jordan

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    Concept Car of the Week: Pininfarina Maserati Birdcage (2006)


    In the late 1950s Maserati launched a series of lightweight racing cars to conquer the 24 hours of Le Mans as well as other famous races. Known as ‘Birdcages’, the cars were constructed of a latticework of chromium/molybdenum steel tubing and covered by light sheet metal.