drb
logo
Feel-Good! | airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | cool ads | funny | food | futurism | gadgets | russia | japan
military | music | nature | photo | sci-fi | signs | space | sports | steampunk | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird


Futuristic Concept Cars of the 1970-80s


"QUANTUM SHOT" #893
Link - article by Avi Abrams




Modern art sculptures? Futuristic shrines of advanced technology?
All this, and more, seen in fantastic European & Japanese concept cars of the period.


DRB Time-Slice:
Year: 1979
Category: Concept Cars
Country: France; Italy; Japan

Today we can speculate that the abundance of bizarre futuristic concept car designs in late 1970s can be attributed to high popularity of science fiction esthetic in general (think original "Star Wars", French space comic books, and the rise of space synth music). And as we cast our ever-curious eye on best examples of European concept cars from these heady Sci-Fi-permeated years, we are especially struck by work of Italian design houses like Bertone, and wild experimentation of Citroen.

Elegance and grace, combined with that famous French non-conformism

Perhaps the most interesting French concept car of the 1970s and 1980s, Citroen Karin 1980 debuted at the 1980 Paris Motor Show: it looked sensational with its pyramidal, or rather trapezoidal design (its roof was no bigger than an A3 sheet of paper) - and boasted some wildly unconventional interior:




To read more about circumstances how such wild design product got a go-ahead (we have to thank Trevor Fiore, Citroen's design chief at the time), head to this page. The interior was designed specifically to have all the controls right at the driver's fingertips, as close to steering wheel as possible. Citroen Karin also featured a few on-board computers, including some integrated right into the door panels!

Steering wheels with in-built controls were popping up in quite a few concept cars of the 1980s, including a similar arrangement in 1981 Citroen Xenia concept:




We can see all-controls steering wheel also in American 1983 Buick Questor concept car:




... and in the Ital-Design 1984 Ford Maya concept car:




Steering wheel on the Lamborghini Athon concept car looks even more striking... whoever on closer look we see that this is just a clever use of angles. Also, note how gear stick resembles the handle of a knife:






Triangles were definitely "in", judging by the looks of many 1970s concepts cars - see for example, Lancia Bertone Stratos from 1970:





Not only European concept cars were exhibiting space-age thinking at the time, Japan also produced concept cars exceptional in originality, strange looks and bizarre experimentation - take for example, this Toyota FCX-80 from 1979:




Or this Japanese Insomnia, 1979 Dome Zero P2, debuted at the 48th Geneva Auto Show and meant to participate in the 1979 "24 Hours of Le Mans" motor race - more info:





(images via)


"The Dome Zero was the inspiration behind the Transformers Classics series figure of Transformers Generation 1 character Hot Rod.". Compare it with the 1972 Maserati Boomerang (ItalDesign) - top image:




Speaking of Maserati Boomerang, feast your eyes on this futuristic offering:





On the right is the Alfa Romeo Navajo concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1976:




And we finish with the beautiful art piece by Federico B. Alliney (the artist responsible for scenery in James Cameron's "Avatar" movie), featuring Alfa Romeo Carabo:


(image credit: Alfa Romeo Art)

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.


ALSO READ: DIGITAL DASHBOARDS of the 1980s ->


CONTINUE TO "AMERICAN CONCEPT CARS" ->

CHECK OUT THE REST OF "AUTO" CATEGORY! ->






RECENT ARTICLES:

DRB Feel-Good
DRB Feel-Good Issue #38

Loads of cool and rare imagery

Amazing Submarine Concepts

Every kind, except the yellow ones

The Best Of DRB in 2015

"Weird and Wonderful Things" Overview



"Dark Roasted Blend" - All Kinds of Weird and Wonderful Things, Discovered Daily!"

DRB is a top-ranked and respected source for the best in art, travel and fascinating technology, with a highly visual presentation. Our in-depth articles in many categories make DRB a highly visual online magazine, bringing you quality entertainment every time you open your "feed" reader or visit our site - About DRB

Connect with us and become part of DRB on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus; make sure to subscribe to our updates.



YOUR COMMENTS::

4 Comments:

Blogger Sarah E. Albom said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

___  
Blogger Sarah E. Albom said...

They look fancy. It amuses me how they all seem to have pointed fronts - maybe they were designed to cut through walls/pedestrians? :P

P.S I deleted the last comment because I saw a typo. Oopsies :)

___  
Anonymous EndlessWaves said...

I've always liked that Lamborghini Athon. There's just something about it that exudes personality.

I'd love to have a version built. It's only the size of a modern fiesta ST (and not far off the power), so you could stick a tiny engine/electric motor under the bonnet and convert the big engine bay into a convertible roof so you could use it as an everyday car. Plus with those thick and high doors you presumably wouldn't need to change much to bring it up to modern crash safety standards.

___  
Blogger Dar said...

So beautiful, all of them. Some remind me of Blade Runner.

Looking at these, I can't help but be thankful that the Countach got produced, instead of just being kept as a concept car as well.

___  

Post a Comment

<< Home


SF ART & BOOK REVIEWS:
Don't miss: The Ultimate Guide to NEW SF&F Writers!
Fiction Reviews: Classic Cyberpunk: Extreme Fiction
Short Fiction Reviews: Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" (with pics)
New Fiction Reviews: The Surreal Office




READ OTHER RECENT ARTICLES:


Hellish Weather on Other Planets

Wild, Untamed, and Uncut

Medieval Suits of Armor

Metal Body Suits vs. Weapons of Medieval Destruction

World's Strangest Theme Parks

Amusement to the (twisted) extremes!

Enchanting Victorian Fairy Tale Art

"Then world behind and home ahead..."

Adorable Pedal Cars

Collectable Pedal Vehicles Showcase


Japanese Arcades: Gundam Pods & Other Guilty Pleasures

These machines have gone up to the next level


Modernist Tallinn Architecture

Delicious blend of old and new!


Early Supercomputers: A Visual Overview

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons"


Futuristic Concept Cars of the 1970-80s

French, Italian & Japanese rare beauties


Epic 1970s French Space Comic Art

DRB Time-Slice: Valérian and Laureline


The Trees Are Escaping! The Abandoned Prison in French Guiana

"Great Escape" from the Devil's Island


Videophones from the Future Past

Skype? Smartphone? Google Hangouts?

The Best of DRB in 2014

Weird & Wonderful 2014 Overview



FULL ARCHIVES
(with previews, fast loading):

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006


Link Lattes

Feel-Good & Biscotti Issues





CATEGORIES:
Feel-Good! | airplanes | animals | architecture | art | auto | boats | books | cool ads | funny pics | famous | futurism | food
gadgets | health | history | humour | japan | internet | link latte | military | music | nature | photo | russia | steampunk
sci-fi & fantasy | signs | space | sports | technology | trains | travel | vintage | weird | abandoned



























Airplanes
Animals
Architecture
Art
Auto
Boats
Computers
Cool Ads
Extreme Weather
Food
Funny Pics
Futurism
Gadgets
History
Humour
Link Latte
Military
Music
Nature
Oops Accidents
Photography
Robots
Science
Science Fiction

Space
Sports
Technology
Trains
Travel
UE Abandoned
Vintage
Weird











Avi Abrams
M. Christian
Simon Rose
Paul Schilperoord
Scott Seegert
Constantine vonHoffman


Send us your topic ideas, site suggestions, rants or sweet unpublished poetry. We love to hear from you.

Best binary options brokers
binaryoptionrobotinfo.com

Bookit Coupon