Do not allow anybody to steal your excitement about the future!
It seems that in the early 1950s and well into the 1970s many (if not the majority) of designers and engineers still felt the unbounded optimism about developing technology and man's ability to conquer the unknown - and this exuberance was gloriously reflected in many wild designs from leading futurism concept artists of that period.
We feel compelled to continue with our retro-future series, and today we present the next installment in "Futuristic Transportation" - read the first part here. Wait for images to load, then scroll to enjoy:
Feast your eyes on this wild sketch for an automobile, a product of Ford design studio in 1954:
You gotta love this automobile, with production scheduled for 1942!.. if not for the war... It has the classic aerodynamic shape that we wrote about in this series: Part and Part 2:
(cover of the "Popular Science" magazine, June 1940 - fragment, see the whole cover here)
Syd Mead is probably the best industrial designer to emerge during the early 1970s boom of futurism. His vehicles still look exciting after decades, and there is something in his "luminous space" and vibrant colors that speaks dearly to our heart and eye:
Some of the VTOL (vertical lift-off and landing planes) concepts were quite radical looking (see our article covering most of them here). One concept we missed is this Adam Vought's plane, designed in 1965 - Vought V-460/V-485:
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