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Slideshow: The Wild World of Concept Cars

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Ralphy Boy
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Re: and my choice is...
Ralphy Boy   10/30/2013 12:07:50 AM
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Well that was fun Chuck...

Hot Wheels! But that boxy taxi... Honda's Fuya-Jo... OMG Ugly...

William K.
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Re: Human Imagination
William K.   10/29/2013 8:51:47 PM
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Ervin, my feeling is that if every artist was an engineer then most of them would probably not be artists. I see the two talents pointing in different directions. Of course some engineers do appreciate appearances but only a few follow appearance to the detriment of functionality. That task is most often handled by marketing and cost reduction groups.

But sometimes it becomes quite clear that some engineers have no concept of what looks good and what does not, and unfortunately a few of them have been architects responsible for buildings that the rest of us have to see.

William K.
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Re: Chrysler Atlantic 2
William K.   10/29/2013 8:42:23 PM
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That FourJoy looked every bit as impractical as any of the concept cars shown. And it was not nearly sporty enough to be a fun sports type of vehicle. WHAt were they thinking?

The Dodge pickup would have sold a lot if they had put regular type doors on it, it looked much cooler than the El Camino. But Chrysler management of that era was often immume to creativity, except for my 1965 Barracuda. I loved that car. With a few modifications to the suspension it handled like a real race car.

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Chrysler Atlantic 2
Ann R. Thryft   10/29/2013 2:54:13 PM
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I like the looks of the Chrysler Atlantic. It was also fun to see the Mustang prototype. OTOH, Daimler's Smart Fourjoy looks really impractical to me.



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Re: Unoriginal
tluxon   10/29/2013 2:34:09 PM
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Right - someone clearly thought "unnecessary ballast" was a clever turn of phrase, but that pesky "ballast" on any car is almost never considered unnecessary by the designers.  The real indicator as to whether it's necessary or not would ultimately be determined by the marketplace.

ervin0072002
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Human Imagination
ervin0072002   10/29/2013 2:23:47 PM
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I think this is useful art. Only if every artist was also an engineer dont you think the world would be a better place?

Jim S
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Re: Technology from concept cars
Jim S   10/29/2013 1:13:46 PM
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I was only saying the technology could possibly be adapted for another purpose. Out of all of them I liked the Buick Y the most.

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Tool_maker   10/29/2013 12:52:01 PM
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@Jim S: To me the BMW looks like a death trap. I think it would lose in a collision with a Smart Car and that is saying something. On the cars I like the old Buick best, but what I really found facinating was the Big Hair on the two models with the 70 Mustang. It brought back uncomfortable memories of choking on my wife's hairspray before we left the house. I wonder how much lung damage is a remnant of that era.

  Great show Charles. I agree with an earlier poster about all of the glass. That reminds me of an AMC Pacer. Yuchh.

Jim S
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Technology from concept cars
Jim S   10/29/2013 10:21:33 AM
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The BMW concept seems to have technology that could be adapted to aircraft design. The shape changing capability could re-form a wing from a low drag high speed airfoil to a high drag low speed airfoil. The transition could be such that all intermediate combinations would allow an aircraft to operate in all flight regimes. This would allow the same aircraft to go from STOL to high speed flight, extending it's utility.

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Chrysler Atlantic
rmz   10/29/2013 10:05:51 AM
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This was clearly a Chrysler update ( ripoff) of the Bugatti "Atlantique"  design of the 1930's.  

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