Welcome to the latest installation of The Forgotten Concept Cars of the Year! Here, you'll find a collection of photos of concept cars from the same year that are considered forgotten. Legendary concept cars are not included. Part 1 contains photos of concept cars from 1960 to 1964. Go right here to see Part 2, which contains photos of concept cars from 1965 to 1968. Enjoy!
1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Coupe Concept by Pininfarina
1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Praho Concept
1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sprint Vignale Prototype by Vignale
1960 Amphicar Prototype
1960 Chevrolet CERV (Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle) I Concept
1960 Chevrolet Corvair Coupe Speciale Concept
1960 Fiat 2100 S Coupe Prototipo by Ghia
1960 Fiat Abarth 1000 Concept by Zagato
1960 Fiat X Concept by Pininfarina; aww, look at those tiny fins!
1960 FSO Syrena Sport Prototype; it was from Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych (En: Passenger Automobile Factory), a Polish automaker that is still in business today.
1960 Innocenti Dragster IXG (International Experimental Ghia) Concept by Ghia; it was based on a Ford, but the exact model is unknown.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 600 Prototype; it got a slightly different face before it went into production in 1963.
1960 Mercedes-Benz W118 Prototype; it was a car of its own. The W118 was planned to go into production, but Mercedes-Benz scrapped the plans.
1960 Plymouth XNR Concept by Ghia; it was based on a Plymouth Valiant. The XNR went through multiple owners and one of them was the Shah of Iran. The previous owner, who found it abandoned in a car park in Iran, had it restored and sold at RM Auctions for a whopping $935,000 USD. The restoration took two years to complete.
1960 RAF 978 Spriditis Prototype; Soviet Union's Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Bus knockoff.
1960 Volkswagen Italsuisse Prototype by Frua
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Goccia Concept
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Spider Concept by Pininfarina
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca Concept by Zagato
1961 Asa 1000 GT Concept by Bertone
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Jet Concept by Bertone
1961 Cadillac Jacqueline Brougham Coupe Concept by Pininfarina
1961 Chevrolet XP-755 Corvette Mako Shark I Concept; the original paintjob.
1961 Chevrolet XP-755 Corvette Mako Shark I Concept; the new paintjob. It was later painted to match the body colour of the animal it was named after. The paintjob was successfully done by hand after many failed attempts.
1961 Chrysler TurboFlite Turbine Concept; the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car's predecessor. Like the Turbine Car, it was based on a Chrysler New Yorker. Unlike the Turbine Car, it never went into limited production.
1961 Dodge Flight Wing Concept; this car probably has the world's biggest grille.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Concept by Bertone
1961 Ford Gyron Concept; it was a two-wheel car that used gyroscopes to stay balanced. Two "legs" extend out of the sides when it's put into park. I don't think it will work well for overweighted people if Ford put it into production, heh.
1961 Pontiac Tempest Monte Carlo Concept
1961 Pontiac XP-758 Scorpion Concept
1961 Porsche 695 Typ 7 Prototype; the Porsche 911's predecessor. The front is similar, but not so much for the rear. It was based on a lengthened Porsche 356 chassis. Ja, it looks almost like Bleh.
1961 Porsche 718 RS-61 Spyder Prototype; its non-prototype counterpart didn't have spats and Heini Walter drove it to victory in the European Uphill Climb Championship in 1961.
1961 Volkswagen Type 351 1500 Notchback Cabriolet Concept; only 12 were built.
1962 Alfa Romeo Coupe HS Concept by Bertone
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Coupe Concept by Pininfarina
1962 Budd XR-400 Concept; it was based on a Rambler American 400. The coachwork was done by the automobile division of Budd Company, an American coachbuilder and body components supplier (now known as ThyssenKrupp Budd in Deutschland).
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT Concept
1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT Concept; with the door opened.
1962 Chevrolet XP-785 Corvair Super Spyder Concept
1962 Chevrolet XP-720 Corvette C2 Prototype; it was a clay model. Its production counterpart went into production that year.
1962 Citroen CX-15 Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the photo and the name. My best guess is that Citroen scrapped the plans, but "recycled" the CX name for the Citroen that went into production in 1971.
1962 Fiat Abarth 600D Record Sperimentale Concept by Vignale; it is unknown what record it broke.
1962 Fiat 2300 S Cabriolet Prototipo by Ghia
1962 Fiat 2300 S Club Prototype by Ghia
1962 Ford Cougar I Concept; the 300kW (405hp) Ford Thunderbird that never was. It was featured in the 1963 telly series "Uncle the Yum Yum Tree."
1962 Ford Mustang I Concept
1962 Ford Seattle-ite XXI Concept; it was unveiled at the 1962 Seattle World Fair as an overly futuristic vehicle (sculpture in this case). Like the 1958 Ford Nucleon Concept, it was supposed to be nuclear powered with a lead metal shield. It "had" computers, GPS, interchangeable body, and steering by fingertip joystick. Only the steering, doors, and lights were functional.
1962 Ford Selene II Concept by Ghia; there's not much information on it other than the name and a few photos.
1962 GAZ 16A Prototype; it was a hovercraft. This one is my son's favourite.
1962 Mitsubishi Colt 600 Cabrio Concept
1962 Pontiac Grand Prix X-400 Concept
1962 Porsche 754 Typ 7 Concept; the Porsche 911 2+2 that never was. It was very similar to the 1961 Porsche 695 Typ 7 Prototype. Porsche didn't like the design because it might interfere with the fastback design of the production 911 and scrapped the plans at prototype stage.
1962 Studebaker Sceptre Concept
1962 Toyota Publica Sport Concept; the Toyota Sports 800's predecessor. The Sports 800 went into production in 1965.
1962 ZIL 112S Prototype
1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Coupe Speciale Concept by Pininfarina
1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint HS Concept by Bertone
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 Concept by Zagato
1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 Prototype by Zagato
1963 AMC Rambler Tarpon Concept; it was based on a Rambler American 440. Look mum, no pillars!
1963 BMW 700 Concept by Colani; this was probably before Luigi Colani started hating straight lines.
1963 Buick Riviera Silver Arrow I Concept
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza GT Concept
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza SS Concept
1963 Chevrolet Corvair Testudo Concept by Bertone
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine Concept by Pininfarina; it was based on a Corvette C2. In 2008, it was sold at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $1,760,000 USD.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos. My best guess is that GM had several Corvette Stingray clay models and prototypes, and this was one of the prototypes.
1963 Fiat 2300 Cabriolet Speciale Concept by Pininfarina
1963 Fiat 2300 S Coupe Speciale Lausanne Concept by Pininfarina
1963 Ford Cougar II Concept
1963 Ford Mustang II Concept; it's likely the design of 2015 Ford Mustang's headlights was inspired by the headlights on this concept car.
1963 Ford Thunderbird Italien Concept; in 2008, it was restored and sold at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $660,000 USD. After the 1964 New York World Fair, the car mysteriously disappeared, but it was found and rescued by an actor named Dale Robertson.
1963 Lamborghini 350GTV Prototype; it was Lamborghini's first prototype for the 350 GT, which went into production in 1964.
1963 MZMA G4 Moskvitch Prototype
1963 Pininfarina PF Sigma Concept; it was an experimental safety vehicle that was designed and built in-house.
1963 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet Preproduction Prototype
1963 Porsche 901 Prototype; did you know that 901 was the original model name for the 911? I wonder what it's like if Porsche kept the 901 name. 2015 Porsche 901 GT3 RS, anyone? Anyway, it evolved into the 911, which went into production later that year.
1964 Alfa Romeo Canguro Concept by Bertone; it was based on an Alfa Romeo TZ.
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Concept by Zagato
1964 Chevrolet CERV (Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle) II Concept
1964 Chevrolet Super Nova Concept; it was a concept car that later evolved into the second generation Nova, which went into production in 1966.
1964 Chevrolet XP-819 Corvette Concept; the only rear engined Corvette in existence. A race car driver named Smokey Yunick obtained this car to design a new race car, but it was never completed. As a result, GM ordered Yunick to cut the car into pieces to prevent its competitors from getting their hands on it. It was sold at some point to a GM dealer named Steven Tate. Tate had absolutely no idea what it was until he saw the "XP" codename in the VIN. Don't ask, I don't know why Tate bought a severely demolished car in the first place, but I'm glad he did! In 2002, Mid America Motorworks started the full restoration with an estimate complete date set for this year. The XP-819 is a car you would want to look forward to seeing this year. Quite a story, huh?
1964 DAF Porter Prototype; I wish baggage carriers were this cute.
1964 Detomaso Vallelunga Concept by Ghia; it went into production later that year. Only 53 production models were produced before Detomaso killed it due to multiple mechanical problems. It was later replaced with the Mangusta, which used an improved version of Vallelunga's chassis.
1964 Dodge Hemi Charger Concept; its chassis was designed specifically for the 426 HEMI V8 engine. It was saved by an unknown Dodge dealer, who passed it on to his son, who in turn, stored the car for over 30 years. At some point later, a car collector named Joe Bortz found and bought it from the son. Bortz started having it professionally restored in 1999. In 2002, it was sold at RM Auctions for a whopping $1,100,000 USD, but the value declined to a mere $715,000 USD ten years later. Unlike many concept cars of that time, it was completely functional.
1964 Fiat Abarth 1000 Spider Concept by Pininfarina
1964 Ford Aurora Concept
1964 Ford Big Red Concept; I wish lorries were this nice!
1964 Ford GT40 Prototype; the Ford's ultimate revenge against Ferrari for not letting them buy the company. Its non-prototype counterpart went into limited production later that year.
1964 GM Runabout Concept; the perfect car for shopaholic teen girls who don't know how to balance their cheque books. It was a three-wheel concept car with a shopping cart that slides out of the boot. That's right, a shopping cart.
1964 Innocenti 186 GT Concept by Bertone; it is unknown what it was based on, but it was powered by a 1.8L Dino V6 engine.
1964 Lincoln Continental Presidential X-100 Concept; the beginning of presidential state cars with an armoured roof. It was unfortunately built after the shooting death of the President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy.
1964 Mercury Super Marauder Concept
1964 Opel Kadett A Italsuisse Spider Concept by Frua
1964 Pontiac Banshee Convertible Concept
1964 Pontiac XP-833 Banshee I Concept
1964 Pontiac Firebird IV Concept; it was inspired by the 1964 GM Runabout Concept, but it had four wheels and (thankfully) no shopping cart.
1964 Studebaker GT Hawk Concept
1964 Toyota Dream Car Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos.
1964 Triumph Fury Prototype
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