This isn't even a study model. The Dome Zero actually had to go into production. Unfortunately, the manufacturer Dome, known from racing, failed to obtain type approval for Japan and other countries. Eternal fame acquired the Dome Zero in animated form. He served as the inspiration for Hot Rod, an Autobot from the original Transformers series, which could transform into a red and yellow sports car.
One of the first wedges, designed by Marcello Gandini and based on the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Behind the driver is a 230 hp 2.0-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. The name Carabo comes from the Carabidae, a family of 40,000 beetle species, some of which have orange and green armor. The scissor doors – which had never been applied to a car before – were a return to another famous Gandini creation: the Lamborghini Countach.
It is clear where the makers of Battlestar Galactica got their inspiration. The space fighters from that television series – the Colonial Vipers – not only share their design language, but also their color scheme with this Alfa Romeo Navajo. Innovative was the use of an active front splitter and rear spoiler. Technology that has now become commonplace. Just like the Carabo, the Navajo is an Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale under the skin.
A fillet-knife-sharp Aston Martin? It must have come from the pen of William Towns. And that's right. The man behind the Aston Martin Lagonda designed the Bulldog with the idea of building a small series. However, that turned out to be too expensive an exercise, so it remained with one copy. Funny detail: within Aston Martin the Bulldog went through life as K9.01, which is a reference to K9, the robot dog from the science fiction series Doctor Who.
The Bizzarrini Manta was a rush job. Master designer Giorgetto Giugiaro started his own design house – the legendary Italdesign – on February 13, 1968 and already wanted to show his business card at the Turin motor show. He bought a racing chassis, including Corvette engine, from Giotto Bizzarrini and designed and built the Manta in just forty days. In 2012, the car was auctioned at Gooding & Company. The bids were stuck at $850,000 and the Manta remained unsold.
We know the Modulo in its white form, but when it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970, it was black. The ultra-low concept car has no conventional doors. Instead, the windshield, roof and side windows slide forward as one. In 2014 Pininfarina sold the Modulo to the American collector James Glickenhaus. He restored the Ferrari and brought it back in full running condition.
The only way to get into the Stratos Zero is to open its windshield. And don't think that the 3.58 meter long, only 84 centimeter high concept car is an empty shell, because it is fully functional. Michael Jackson fans may know him from the movie Moonwalker, in which 'The King of Pop' transforms into a silver Stratos Zero. The car – which was restored in 2000 and returned to its original orange color – was hammered at RM Sotheby's in 2011 for 761,600 euros.
The interior of the Maserati Boomerang is even more spectacular than the exterior. All gauges are placed on a large disc in front of the driver's nose. The oversized handlebar rotates around it. The Boomerang is based on the Maserati Bora and has a 4.7-liter V8 in the back. It was made street legal just after the turn of the century and was sold at auction house Bonhams in 2015 for 3.3 million euros.
Vauxhall had (and still has) an image problem. In the early 1970s, the brand tried to boost its somewhat dull reputation with this sensational SRV (Style and Research Vehicle). It lacked an engine and was built from wood, fiberglass and aluminum, but it did have innovative technology on board. For example, the SRV is equipped with active aerodynamics, electric level control on the rear axle and a system with which fuel can be pumped around for a better balance.
The Volkswagen-Porsche Tapiro (partly) no longer exists. The concept car was sold to a Spanish industrialist two years after its debut, who drove it daily. He couldn't do that for long, because activists who protested for better working conditions blew up the car with a bomb. The burnt-out carcass was bought back by Italdesign and displayed in the Giugiaro Museum.
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