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Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars

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naperlou
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and my choice is...
naperlou   10/28/2013 11:34:36 AM
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Chuck, there are some wild machines in there.  Some are just wierd.  Others are fantastic.  My vote for cars that should have been produced are the Ford GT90 (the Ford GT LeMans cars were always my favorites), the Chrylser Atlantic and th Mustang Milano.  Wild stuff.

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Reminds me of Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild
78RPM   10/28/2013 2:26:53 PM
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Ah, this reminds me of my high school years in the '60s when I entered the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild annual competition. The nationwide contest was sponsored by General Motors (then the world's biggest corporation). It was open only to boys (don't try that today) and the idea was to design and build a futuristic model car to 1/12 scale. Entries were judged on design and craftsmanship. Every state had a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner in Junior and Senior division. Then there were 20 regional awards in each division and 40 of us got $750 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Detroit (I flew Braniff on a TWA Constellation) where we toured GM styling studios and testing grounds and cool industrial dreamworks. We saw "How the West Was Won" in amazing new Cinerama.  I entered five times and got state awards each time and regional award once in 1965.  The national awards were presented at the regional awards banquet and included scholarships of $1000 to $5000. Even my school got a huge trophy for my regional award and the principal held a special assembly to present it.

Do a search on Fisher Body Crafsman's Guild to see pictures of many of the entries and dreams of young boys in the 1960s.

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Concept Cars
Greg M. Jung   10/28/2013 3:26:54 PM
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The Peugeot design won my vote as the most imaginative.  Gotta love those big wheels.

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Fashion line up
tekochip   10/28/2013 3:51:22 PM
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Kind of reminds you of the Paris runway fashions...... Some really strange ideas that you will never see on the street.

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Re: and my choice is...
Charles Murray   10/28/2013 5:39:29 PM
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I, too, would put the Chrysler Atlantic at or near the top of my list, naperlou. It's such a great-looking car, I can't believe they never produced it. Seems like it could have had a life as a small-volume, premium vehicle.

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Charles Murray   10/28/2013 5:42:48 PM
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Definitely true, tekochip. It's a good thing that most of these vehicles never reached production. On the other hand, I do like the fact that the auto companies give their designers and engineers the freedom to dream up and build these concepts. I can't think of engineers in any other branch of technology that get this kind of opportunity.

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naperlou   10/28/2013 6:03:02 PM
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Greg, I thought they were big wheels as well, but I am not so sure.  I think that the big circles around the doors are just for style and the wheels are all the same size.  Perhaps Chuck could check it out.

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TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:24:41 PM
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Naperlou, I think Greg's right - they're big wheels.

TJ McDermott
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Unoriginal
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:28:01 PM
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Daimler claiming they're jettisoning unnenessary ballast makes thier car look like a dune buggy wannabe, with less character and usefulness.  In the USA, such a vehicle might be usable in SoCal and Florida, but you'd not be able to take it on the beach.

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Better left unsaid
TJ McDermott   10/28/2013 7:30:37 PM
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Shall we leave the Honda Fuya-Jo in the better left unsaid category?

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