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Prototypes and Concept Cars




Cadillac El Camino 1954, com carroceria em fibra de vidro, com teto em aço inoxidável e grandes rabos-de-peixe.

1933 Buckminister Fuller's Dymaxion


1932 Helicron no 1

1932 Skoda 932

1933 Lincoln Zephyr

John Tjarda design, V-8 engine transverse mounted

1935 Skoda 935

1936 Tjaarda Prototype

Automobile designer John Tjaarda with his prototype vehicle, called the Sterkenburg after his boyhood home in Holland. This design inspired the creation of the 1936 Lincoln-Zephyr. Ford Motor Company

1936 Duesenberg Prototype Speedster

After Fred Duesenberg's death in 1932 and amidst the Great Depression, The Cord Corporation had determined that a less expensive Duesenberg was the answer to their sales decline. Harold Ames, then Duesenberg president, was moved to Auburn and placed in charge of the "Baby Duesenberg" project. Cheif Designer Gordon Buehrig's initial design, featuring front wheel drive and revolutionary styling was instead used to revitalize the Cord, becoming the Model 810 in late 1935. Taking advantage of the popularity of the new 1935 Auburn Speedster and hoping to use existing V-12 engines, Buehrig designed a Duesenberg "Gentlemen's Speedster." With just minor variations from Buehrig's clay model, only one prototype was known to have been built - this automobile.

1938 Buick Y-Job

Designed by Harley J. Earl

1941 American Bantam BRC-40 Prototype JEEP

In July, 1940, the US Military requested bids from auto manufacturers to design and build a light-duty, four-wheel drive general-purpose reconnaissance car. American Bantam, known for its diminutive cars, presented the first working prototype of what would later become universally known as the Jeep. Aware that they may not be able to meet the Military's demands for production, Bantam formed a joint manufacturing alliance with taxicab producer Checker Motors of Kalamazoo, Michigan. This is one of two Checker-assembled prototype Bantam RBC-40 four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering vehicles produced. As the US joined the War at the end of 1941, only Willys and Ford Motor Company were awarded contracts to build the Bantam-designed vehicles. Bantam was given contracts to build a 1/4-ton trailer to be pulled behind the Jeep and went out of business after the war. Checker built a tank retriever during the war effort and continued to produce taxicabs until 1982. Engine: 4-cylinder Horsepower: 45 Weight: 2,100 Wheelbase: 79.5 inches

1948 Porsche Prototype Custom Sports Cabriolet - the 1949 Geneva Show Car!

This car was built in Zurich by Han Waibel using a VW chassis removing the body and fitting a Porsche light alloy cabriolet body and Porsche engine. The tunnel backbone of the Volkswagen platform was fitted with an electric fan which channeled air from a Morris Minor grille to cool the hot-running Prosche engine. After the 1949 Geneva Show the car was put into storage and did not appear again for some 20 years.

1940 Chrysler Newport LeBaron

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

1946 Tucker Torpedo

1947 Studebaker Champion Woody Wagon

1950 GMC Futurliner

1951 Buick XP-300

1951 Buick LeSabre

Um dos primeiros carros-conceito cars do pós-guerra foi o GM LeSabre de 1951. Projetado por Harley Earl (ao volante), com carroceria de alumínio e magnésio, assentos com aquecedor, macaco hidráulico embutido e um sensor de umidade que elevava a capota assim que começasse a chover. Este carro-conceito está em exibição no Henry Ford Museum em Michigan.

1951 Chrysler K-310

1951 Packard Panther

1952 Chrysler C-200

1952 Chrysler SS (Styling Special)

1953 Bertone Bat 5

1953 Buick WildCat I

Buick Wildcat 1953, com carroceria em fibra de vidro, como os Chevrolet Corvette, foi apresentado no Salão Motorama de 1953.

1953 Cadillac Le Mans

1953 Chrysler D’Elegance

1953 Dodge Firearrow I

1953 Ford X-100

1953 Ghia Cadillac

1953 Lincoln XL-500

1953 Pontiac Parisienne

1954 Buick Landau

1954 Buick WildCat II

1954 Cadillac El Camino

1954 Cadillac La Espada

1954 Chevrolet Corvair

1964 Chrysler Concept Turbine Engine Car

After years of research on the gas turbine, an engine resembling those in jet airplanes, Chysler unveiled its turbine car in 1964. Fifty identical prototypes were built in the design studios of Ghia Coachworks in Italy and turned over to randomly-selected consumers in a unique two-year market testing program. The engines produced 130 horsepower at 36,000 rpm.

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