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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:22 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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We do now!

Love the front end on it.



That, is lovely.

Want one, want one, want one...
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One of the original BMW Mini proposals, the ACV 30 -

Edit : absolutely love this thread btw.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant thread.
My personal fave




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I don't know when this dates from, (er....could be '94) and it looks a bit choppy too -


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It was initially shown in pink at one of the motorshows in about 1994.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is great. Never seen it before.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some good ones - Pininfarina having a go at the Austin/Morris 1100/1300:








And the 1800 Land Crab:



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And the 1800 Land Crab:





Citroen CX
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly, but in 1968 ...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vauxhall SRV 1974


Another one of my faves



Not sure if it was a concept car but this takes me back


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to recall that those Pininfarina Austin-Morris concepts were taken up by Citroen, after BL rejected them, to create what became the GS and CX.
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Just imagine if BL had launched those in the early to mid 1970s ...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another Austin-Rover that should have been:



The AR6 Metro replacement.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan wrote:
A personal favourite of mine:



Is that a Peugeot - it looks a bit like my 605, after someone's been at it with a hacksaw and welding torch. Lovely!
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Is that a Peugeot - it looks a bit like my 605, after someone's been at it with a hacksaw and welding torch. Lovely!

The filename would, indeed, suggest that it is a Peugeot.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some lovely concepts from Chevrolet:





And I discovered this from Chrysler - hideous:

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Spyder wrote:
Brilliant thread.
My personal fave





Yes! My all time favourite too. Doesn't it look awesome?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt wrote:
This is great. Never seen it before.


I've seen that, it was at the Coventry Motor Museum donkeys years ago.  I have a photo somewhere.
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I'm sure Dan will agree that the El Camino concept is fantastic!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm sure Dan will agree that the El Camino concept is fantastic!


It is yeah.  But this is the ultimate pick-up:

1989 Chevy XT-2 Concept Truck






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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely no manufacturer has been as consistent as Renault with the quality of their concepts over the past 15 years or so. They have also managed to make concepts which appear to be irrelevant musings of the designers pencil but which also prove to show future design direction.

My all time favourite concept is also one of the most recent, I have never seen a car as beautiful and fascinating as the Mazda Furai, it's absolutely breath-taking (IMO!).
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Giant wrote:
Surely no manufacturer has been as consistent as Renault with the quality of their concepts over the past 15 years or so. They have also managed to make concepts which appear to be irrelevant musings of the designers pencil but which also prove to show future design direction.

My all time favourite concept is also one of the most recent, I have never seen a car as beautiful and fascinating as the Mazda Furai, it's absolutely breath-taking (IMO!).


http://themotor.myfastforum.org/about4777.html
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Dan.

I saw the Furai at Goodwood in the Supercar paddock, sat a few cars down from 3 Veyrons. The Veyrons might as well have been Vectras parked so near to the Mazda, all day the crowd was two or three deep around it while the Veyrons were given very little attention.

The other concepts of the Nagare series are interesting but nowhere near as cohesive. It saiys in Autocar this week that the designer of the Furai has left Mazda to go to Tesla. Bad news for my hopes of a model range of mazdas based on it!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet more great stuff there - notably the Lotuses and that amazing pickup. And I find all the Nagare series brilliant.

Oddly enough, I'm entirely unmoved by the Audi Nuvolari - I actually prefer the A5.
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I was going to post the pick-up months ago, but thought I'd get the usual ribbing!  It took me ages to track it down again and fits in this thread beautifully.

The Lotus Etna is the car that started off my passion for cars, it was on the cover of the first car magazine that I read and then subsequently stole from my old dentist!
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Some more Renaults:












And the superb Saab Aero X:



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Is that a Safrane Estate?

I like the Fluence. And also that Giugario Alfa thing.
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Bertone Birusa - based on the BMW Z8:





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Corvette concepts - Indy:






Ramarro:




Moray:





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Dan wrote:




I love this! Let's see - one drives, one navigates... err one complains about the other hitting him and one stares out the side window dreaming about their 'real' family... all in crash helmets!
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I like the Trafic Deck Up. Very different, but well executed.
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Surprised there's been no mention of this... Remember the press soiling their strides over it at the time? Now I'm not so sure, but the interior still looks fairly special..



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Buick Wildcat:


Cadillac Vayage:


Lamborghini Cala:


Chrysler Portofino:


Oldsmobile Aerotech:


Bertone Karisma:


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Ah yes, the yellow ItalDesign Cala. Lovely.
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I've seen it!  I'm proud of that.
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I think we need some captions for some of these, to help those of us who are not so well informed......

What is that Chevy Caprice like abomination?
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The Cadillac Voyage?  The two door version was called the Solitare and was in the film Demolition Man with Silvester Stalone and Wesley Snipes.
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Yes, that will be the one.

Thanks for the captions - now I know what I am looking at.
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Colin wrote:
I think we need some captions for some of these, to help those of us who are not so well informed......


If you are saying that Colin, the rest of us have no chance!

The Cala still looks fantastic and relevant today.
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Hmmm ...



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That concept is from about 1952.


I don't know what the top one is though!
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But the wing has had an influence long beyond its years. Didn't it have a gas turbine - I know they were all the rage in Detroit's concept cars of the period.
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I think it was the jet car.
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Never mind gas turbines, how about this:



http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=656
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Shades of Subaru SVX aside, how naff does that look?

The Esprit still looks good today, but that thing is very much 'of its time'.
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You think? I reckon that looks far better than Peter Stevens' restyle.

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