Superb Futurisic Car Concepts Of The 1970-80s

1

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. 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.

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.

h/t: darkroastedblend

2

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:

3

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

4

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

5

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:

6
7
8

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

9
10

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:

11

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:

12
13
14
15

“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:

16

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

17
18

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

19

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:

20

(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below


If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Innovation Fail: Sometimes it Just doesn’t Work
The Rhino: A Bizarre Experimental All-Terrain Vehicle, 1954
Just A Vespa Jet Ski
The 1949, The Kurtis Sport Car, One Of 16 Produced
These Illuminated Cylinders Display Fairy Tales When People Get Inside To Power Them
Dubai Opens New Driverless, Remote-Controlled Metro Service
Stunning Pneumatic Wings That Actually Open And Close
"How Do You Want to Be Remembered?": This Company Develops Biodegradable Coffins Made from Mushrooms
Computer Love: The Ultimate Guide To Computing
The Wearable Tomato Dispenser – Every Runner's Dream
Gold ATM Activated, but not for Long
Latest Fight Over Guns in US is Selling of “Unfinished Receivers”
Toilet Bike Neo
Solar-powered Catamaran Makes a Stop in Singapore
The Russians Make The Best Truck In The Universe For $50K
Australian Farmer Fights Erosion With A Patchwork Of Geometric Designs
Albert Einstein's Brain on Display at London Wellcome Exhibition
Delahaye Type 165: The Most Beautiful French Car Of The 1930s
Shocking Lightning Photos in Fujian
Anti-Surveillance Fashion Designed To Trigger And Inject Junk Data In To Automated License Plate Readers
Futuristic Solar-Powered Tree "eTree" In Israel
This Grandpa’s Amazing 280 Square Meter Model Railway Is Worth $357K
Meet The Davis Divan: The Outrageous Three-Wheeled Sedan That Almost Made It
Tesla Model S: World’s First Electric Sedan Hits Road
The Wizard of Robots
Spectacular Photos Of The Lost Train Graveyard In Bolivia
The Real Star Wars Weapon!
Concepts From Future Past: Cool Pics Of The 1951 Buick LeSabre Concept Car
Man Puts V8 Lexus Engine And Automatic Transmission On A Bike
Innovative Bike Doubles As Washing Machine To Clean Your Clothes As You Exercise