In 1981, Citroën decided to take on the World Rally Championship. Unfortunately, the Renault 5 Turbo had already arrived and was dominating everything else on the field. To beat Renault, Citroën got in touch with Lotus to co-develop a car. The result was a Visa hatchback body plopped on top of a Turbo Esprit engine…
This is Cars You Didn’t Know About, the feature where I show you some rare and unusual cars that never quite made it into the limelight. In today’s edition, we’ll be discussing the Bufori Geneva, a handbuilt ultra-luxury saloon made by an Australian company based in Malaysia.
This one. The original Jaguar F-Type, the car built as a successor to the legendary E-Type. Or rather, the car that was supposed to be a successor. The car that spent a decade in development before ultimately getting cancelled. Gather round, kids, and let me tell you its story.
I mean it was basically sports card Sierra RS Cosworth 2+2!
This is the 2004 Toyota Alessandro Volta, a gasoline-electric concept car named after the inventor of the battery and styled by Guigiaro.
1964 Hurrican 1800ti prototype: (Base: Ferrari 250 LM / BMW 1800ti) - 1.8-liter, four-cylinder twin-carbureted engine with 120 hp (89 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and 170 Nm @ 3,600 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.5 seconds with a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h) - Only one unit was produced incorporating the tail lights from the…
Based on the BMW 700 and designed by Colani. This is about as much information as I have found but here are 4 photos.
Go on. Look at it. Take a minute to bask in the glory that is the Jerrari. In 1969 this was made for a hotel & casino chain owner by grafting the front end and V12 from a Ferrari 365 onto a Wagoneer. In 1977 another was made by putting the V12 into a standard Wagoneer body. That's the one I'd have.
Look at this magnificent bastard right here. John Bender, of Hilliard, Ohio built two of these, apparently.
Alternate title: Cars You Don't Want. In 1972 AMC rolled out a new version of its Hornet Sportabout (a wagon with a sloping hatch rather than a traditional tailgate) that had an interior styled by Gucci. It was notable for being one of the first American cars to offer a "designer" trim level.
Morocco is not the first country to pop in your mind in terms of sports car manufacturer, but in 1999, Abdeslam Laraki, a local yacht designer, thought of creating a car company now known as Laraki Automobiles s.a. During its existence until 2008, Laraki, along with former Bugatti technical director Dr. Peter Tutzer,…
Did you know that Toyota offered the 1gn RAV4 as a soft top, a la Geo Tracker?
Yes, Fisker made cars before the four door Karma. The time when the company was just a small starting bespoke design firm in Orange County, CA, and was named Fisker Coachbuild. The unique Tramonto, one of the two models ever manufactured by Fisker Coachbuild, shares design cues from the BMW Z8–after all, they were…
How could you top a mk2 VW Golf GTI? How about with a rallye homologation special with box fenders, AWD and a g-lader supercharger. Unfortunately they only produced 5,000 of these and didn't sell them in the US.
The Ionos was designed in 1997 by students at the Espace Sbarro in Grandson school. This took inspiration from the Bertone styled Stratos, and was supposed to be a modern interpretation of it. The engine consists of two Lancia Kapps five-cylanders to make an upturned V10. It was 4800CC, producing 400 BHP. It had a…
Nick Pugh is a concept designer, and graduate of Art Center's transportation design program. After leaving Art Center, he went to work designing all sorts of stuff for Hollywood, Disney, and contract work for advanced design centers around the world.
The 1967 Chevrolet Astro 1 Corvair Corsa was designed by Larry Shinoda (who you may know from the split-window c2) in order to explore the "visual potential of automobile aerodynamic characteristics" (read: reduce drag). It was launced at the New York autoshow in 1967.
I swear to God (who I don't believe in) if you guys have all heard of this one, I'll probably just cave and keep trying harder.
Earlier today I told you about the Mexican Shelby Mustangs. Now I'm gonna tell you the story of the, erm, Belgian Shelby Mustangs.