Welcome to the second part of The Forgotten Concept Cars of the 60's! 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. There are photos of concept cars from 1965 to 1968. Go right here for Part 1, which includes photos of concept cars from 1960 to 1964. Enjoy!
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 TZ2 Coupe Concept by Pininfarina
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Prototipo by Autodelta (Alfa Romeo's racing division)
1965 Cadillac XP-840 Eldorado Fastback Concept; it was Cadillac's failed attempt to belittle the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C2. It had a new chassis that was designed specifically for a V16 engine if it goes into production. Sadly, it never did. GM then kept it as a rolling sculpture. After that, there was never a V16-powered Cadillac until 2003 when Cadillac unveiled the Cadillac Sixteen Concept.
1965 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Roadster Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos. My best guess is that it was a prototype that was designed and built in early 60's, but it didn't make a public appearance until 1965. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C2, including the convertible model, went into production 3 years earlier.
1965 Chevrolet XP-830 Corvette Mako Shark II Concept; it used the same chassis from the 1961 Chevrolet XP-755 Corvette Mako Shark I Concept. It is unknown what happened to Mako Shark I's body, but it's likely it was moved onto a new chassis. The Mako Shark II later evolved into the Chevrolet Corvette C3, which went into production in 1967.
1965 Detomaso 2000 Competizione Concept by Ghia; it was based on a Detomaso Vallelunga. Cute, isn't it?
1965 Dodge Charger II Concept; it later evolved into the second generation Dodge Charger, which went into production in 1968.
1965 Dodge Pickup Deora Concept; it was designed by Harry Bentley Bradley and built by Larry and Mike Alexander. It was based on a Dodge A100 Pickup. The project was completed in time for the 1967 Detroit Autorama. Chrysler liked it so much to the point they leased the Deora and took it on a world tour for over two years. In 1968, a toy car maker called Hot Wheels put a 1:64 scale version of the Deora into production. Unlike the real Deora, Hot Wheels' version had two detachable surfboards on the back. The Deora Concept and its hideous successor, the Deora II, can be seen on display in the permanent Hot Wheels exhibition at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, USA. I saw both of them along with the Twin Mill in the flesh at the museum and the original Deora was gorgeous.
1965 Dodge Pickup Deora Concept; this is how you get in and out of the Deora. The windscreen opens up and the grille rotates to make way for the driver and passenger to get in and out. The Deora didn't have much room for normal doors, so you have to climb in and out through the front. If you're wondering, no, I don't think they crash tested this thing, heh.
1965 Ferrari 206 Dino Berlinetta Speciale Concept by Pininfarina
1965 Fiat 2300 S Coupe Speciale Prototype by Pininfarina
1965 Fiat Abarth 1000 Coupe Speciale Concept by Pininfarina
1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype; only five examples were built. Unfortunately, the customs officials were ordered to destroy one of them after it competed in the North American Pro Series (now known as Cam-Am). The one pictured was sold at RM Auctions for a whopping $3,515,000 USD in 2011. It was probably the most expensive prototype ever sold.
1965 Ford Mustang Concept by Bertone; it was basically a Ford Mustang with an Italian coachwork.
1965 Ford Mustang Estate Wagon Concept; the only Ford Mustang wagon in existence.
1965 Ford XP Bordinat Cobra Concept by Shelby; it was probably the predecessor to the 2005 Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept. It was based on an AC Cobra MkII.
1965 Isuzu 117 Sport Concept by Ghia; its non-Ghia production counterpart was a coupe and it went into production in 1968.
1965 Opel GT Experimental Concept; it later evolved into the Opel GT, which went into production in 1968. Opel ditched the pop-up headlights in favour of the rolling headlights.
1965 Peugeot 404 Diesel Record Car Prototype; it is unknown what record it broke. Diesel powered Peugeot 404 went into production later that year.
1965 Plymouth V.I.P. (Very Important Plymouth) Concept; it was based on a Plymouth Fury. It had a colour-shifting paint.
1965 Renault Project 118 Prototype
1965 SAAB 96 Prototype; it was a facelift for the MY1968 SAAB 96, which went into production in 1967.
1965 ZIL 135E Prototype; cargo boat windscreen, anyone?
1965 ZIL 135P Delphin Prototype; speaking of boats: boat on wheels, anyone? What? It's actually a boat with wheels!
1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Scarabeo Concept by OSI (Officina Stampaggio Industriale)
1966 Alpine Willys Interlagos II Prototype; it was based on an Alpine A108.
1966 AMC AMX II Concept
1966 AMC AMX II Concept by Vignale
1966 AMC AMX II Project 4 Concept by Vignale
1966 AMC AMX II Project 4 Vixen Concept
1966 Bugatti 101 Roadster Concept by Ghia; Ghia was given the honour to put their coachwork on the 8th Bugatti Type 101, which was the last car to roll off the assembly line that year. Three other coachbuilders were also given the honour.
1966 Buick Riviera Mystique Concept by Barris Kustom; it was basically a heavily customised Buick Riviera. On page 39 in my book "Barris Kustoms of the 60's," George Barris himself called it an "aggressive stance". Origin of "stance car"? Maybe!
1966 Chevrolet Turbo Titan III Concept; headlights? HA! Who needs them?
1966 DAF City Concept by OSI; Dutch-Italian Mini Cooper with sliding doors, anyone?
1966 Duesenberg Model D Concept by Ghia; the Brabus iBusiness of the 60's (or 1934?). It was Duesenberg's failed desperate attempt to gain investors to go back in business. It had a telly, writing tables, privacy screen, separate radios, atmosphere control, everything in a very luxurious manner. Unfortunately, Car and Driver magazine publicly mocked the Model D by saying it was outdated for that time:
"Perfect 1934 dream car... Fred and Augie Duesenberg would have kept up with the times."
Ouch. The Model D was the only Duesenberg built after the company went out of business in 1937.
1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Concept by Pininfarina
1966 Fiat 850 Vanessa Concept
1966 Fiat Dino Speciale Prototipo by Pininfarina; interestingly, it was fitted with a Dino V6 engine.
1966 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Concept
1966 Ford Ranger II Concept; this car is probably the world's biggest ute.
1966 Ford Ranger II Concept; with the doors opened.
1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Flying Star II Concept by Carrozzeria Touring
1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza Prototype #1
1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Monza Prototype #2
1966 Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototipo by Bertone; ja, it's a real photo with a real bull. Its non-Bertone production counterpart went into limited production later that year.
1966 NSU Barquette 1000 Concept by Sbarro
1966 Plymouth 450 SS Concept by Ghia; it was basically a first generation Plymouth Barracuda with an Italian coachwork. Only 52 examples were built, but about half of them survived. It is unknown why they're not valuable or collectible.
1966 Pontiac XP-798 Scorpion Concept; it is unknown what car it was based on.
1966 Sarb Zarja Prototype
1966 Shelby GT350 Preproduction Prototype; it went into production later that year.
1966 Vauxhall XVR (Xperimental Vauxhall Research) Concept; only three was built, two fibreglass models and one steel model (pictured). The project took Vauxhall only 5 months to complete.
1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 Scarabeo Spider Concept by OSI
1967 Alfa Romeo "The Montreal" Expo Prototipo by Bertone; it was based on an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT fitted with a 1.6L I4 engine from an Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti. When it was unveiled at the International and Universal Exposition at the 1967 World Fair in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, it didn't have a model name. However, the Montrealers called it "The Montreal", which Alfa Romeo took into consideration. The model name became official when it went into production in 1970. Only two examples of the Expo Prototipo were built and you can see one of them at Museo Storico dell'Alfa Romeo (En: Alfa Romeo Historical Museum) in Arese, Milian, Italy while the other was put away for storage.
1967 Bisiluro Silver Fox Prototype by OSI; the car. It was powered by a 1.1L I4 engine from an Alpine A110. Oddly, the engine was mounted vertically on the left side behind the passenger seat (see diagram below).
1967 Bisiluro Silver Fox Prototype by OSI; the diagram for those who can't figure out how the engineering was done. It was originally planned to race in the Le Mans, but it never happened. So I suspect it never ran and the company swept it under the rug.
1967 BMC 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica Concept by Pininfarina
1967 Chevrolet XP-842 Astro I Concept; brace yourselves for some sad news. 1) It was a rolling sculpture. 2) It was based on a Chevrolet Convair, but it didn't have an engine. 3) It was planned to race in the Le Mans, but GM cancelled the plans and handed them over to their design division. 4) Due to poor management, GM "recycled" the Astro name for their boxy minivan that was in production for 20 long years. When "Astro" is mentioned among people who was born after 1967, they will assume it's the van, not the Astro I.
1967 Chevrolet Camaro Waikiki Show Car Concept; it was GM's hilariously failed attempt to lure people into buying a Camaro cabriolet. This is exactly what happens when you hire a Detroit (Michigan, USA) based photographer to take photos on a tropical themed setup. The photos were actually taken somewhere that wasn't in Hawaii, USA. The models wore hilariously outdated beachwear, the sky was hilariously smoggy, and there were hilariously brown spots on the lawn. Two tenners say they were hilariously taken in Detroit! Ha-Ha-Ha! Anyway, its production counterpart hilariously went into production a year earlier.
1967 Dodge Daroo I Concept; it was based on a Dodge Polara.
1967 Ferrari 206 Dino Berlinetta Competizione Concept by Pininfarina; it was based on one of 18 Ferrari Dino 206 SP's. At 23, Paolo Martin, Pininfarina's newest body stylist, sculpted a 1:16 scale clay model on his own time at his house. After spending many years at Pininfarina's museum, Pininfarina gave James Glickenhaus the honour to purchase the car directly from them. The purchase was made privately, so the cost is unknown, but it's likely it was in the 7 figure range. It was nicknamed "The Yellow Dino".
1967 Ferrari Dino 206 GT Prototipo; it went into limited production a year later.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Daytona Prototype
1967 Fiat Parigi Concept by Pininfarina; interestingly, it was fitted with a Dino V6 engine.
1967 Ford Allegro II Roadster Concept; the Ford Mustang roadster that never was. It was based on a Ford Mustang.
1967 Ford Comuta Electric Car Prototype (electric vehicle); it was powered by four rechargeable 12V batteries with a range of 60km (35mi) and a top speed of 40km/h (25mph). It was as small as the Peel P50. I'm still waiting to see Jeremy Clarkson driving that thing through London.
1967 Ford Magic Cruiser II Show Car Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos.
1967 Ford Taunus 20m TS Cabrio Prototype by OSI; the Ford Taunus P7 cabriolet that never was.
1967 Ford Taunus 20m TS Prototype by OSI; its non-OSI counterpart later evolved into the Ford Taunus P7, which went into production later that year.
1967 Jaguar Pirana Concept by Bertone; it was based on a Jaguar E-TYpe. It inspired the design of the Lamborghini Espada, which went into production a year later. Ja, I thought it was a Lamborghini Espada too.
1967 Mazda RX-85 Concept by Bertone; it later evolved into the Mazda R100, which went into production a year later.
1967 Mazda RX-87 Concept by Bertone; it was a sports car version of the Mazda RX-85. Sadly, it never went into production.
1967 Oldsmobile Thor Concept by Ghia; it was based on an Oldsmobile Toronado.
1967 PAZ 672A Turist Prototype
1967 Porsche 911 S 4-Door Concept by Troutman; the Panamera of the 60's that never was. It had front and rear hinged doors like a present day Rolls Royce Phantom. Oi, at least it looked much better than the Panamera we're stuck with.
1967 Rover 2000 TCZ Concept by Zagato
1967 Simca 1100 Fourgon Commercial Prototype by Heuliez; it had an unpainted aluminium body. This is my son's favourite.
1967 Trabant O603 Prototype
1967 VNIITE Maksi Prototype; it was from a Russian experimental and design institute called Всероссийский научно-исследовательский институт технической эстетики (En: All-Russian Research Institute of Technical Aesthetics).
1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo Concept by Bertone; it was based on an Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and it had a colour-shifting paint.
1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo Concept by Bertone; with the doors opened. Looks familiar? That's right, the door design on the Lamborghini Countach was inspired by the scissor doors on this concept. The Carabo was the first car to have scissor doors. And who designed the 1971 Lamborghini Countach P500 Concept? Bertone (well, under a different designer).
1968 Alfa Romeo P 33 Stradale Roadster Concept by Pininfarina
1968 AMC AMX GT Concept; it later evolved into the AMC Gremlin, which went into production in 1970.
1968 Autobianchi Coupe Prototipo; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos.
1968 Bizzarrini Manta Concept; it was based on a Bizzarrini P538 chassis fitted with a V8 engine from a Chevrolet Corvette C3. The Manta had the famous three-seat arrangement like the McLaren F1. It was one of the first cars Giorgetto Giugiaro designed as an independent consultant before he started up ItalDesign later that year.
1968 BMC 1100 Berlina Aerodinamica Concept by Pininfarina
1968 Chevrolet Astro Vette Concept; it was based on a Chevrolet Corvette C3. In 1992, it was restored and painted orange, but after that, the car mysteriously disappeared. For some reason, it was nicknamed "Moby Dick".
1968 Chevrolet XP-880 Astro II Concept; the first mid-engine "Corvette" that never was. Like the Astro I, it was based on a Chevrolet Corvair. Unlike the Astro I, it was completely functional with doors and a V8 engine from a Chevrolet Corvette C3. Predictably, it became a rumour fuel for a mid-engine Corvette. At 90cm (3ft) tall, it was the lowest sports car GM has ever built. Sorry, Ford GT40 Prototype, you weren't the shortest child at that time.
1968 Colani C-Form Concept; very little is known about this futuristic rolling sculpture. It had four wheel pods that suspend a cabin in the centre. Luigi Colani designed and built the C-Form from scratch to teach student designers about the science of aerodynamics in a wind tunnel. Colani's 1981 BMW M2 and 1983 Mazda Le Mans concept cars were inspired by the C-Form.
1968 DAF Siluro Concept by Michelotti; it was based on a DAF 55. It was DAF's failed desperate attempt to compete against the Fiat 600 and the Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle). It was restored and debuted at the 2005 RAI Congrescentrum (En: convention centre) in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands.
1968 Detomaso Mangusta Spider Concept; it had a detachable roof. Its production counterpart was a coupe and it went into production a year earlier.
1968 Dodge Charger III Concept; Chrysler designed and built the car from scratch in secret in an old, rundown Detroit building (remember, it's 1968 and Occupation Safety and Health Administration—an American agency—didn't exist). With a push of a button, the canopy door swings open and the passenger seats elevate 20cm (8in) and the steering wheel swings away to make way for the driver and passenger to get in and out. There were many gauges under the hood that measures the engine coolant, oil levels, battery power, and so on. It was the most technically advanced car of that time that never made it into production. Some of its design lines and cues survived 28 years and appeared on the Dodge Viper GTS, which went into production in 1996. The Charger III's whereabouts are unknown. Probably abandoned in an old, rundown Detroit building.
1968 Dodge Charger III Concept; with the canopy door opened.
1968 Dodge Daroo II Concept; like its predecessor, it was based on a Dodge Polara.
1968 Ferrari 250 P5 Concept by Pininfarina
1968 Ferrari 275 P2 Concept by Michelotti
1968 Ferrari P6 Prototype by Pininfarina
1968 Fiat City Taxi Concept; it was basically a Fiat 500 with sliding doors.
1968 Ford Berliner Concept (electric vehicle)
1968 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Concept
1968 Ford Mustang Shelby Prototype; the ugliest Mustang of all time? Definitely! The front reminds me of a very ugly dog like this bulldog.
1968 Ford Techna Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos.
1968 Ford Thunderbird Saturn I Concept; there isn't much information on it other than the name and a few photos. Its successor (Saturn II) was unveiled a year later.
1968 Serenissima Concept by Ghia; it was designed by Giovanni Volpi of Scuderia Serenissima (a racing team in the 60's) and built by Ghia.
1968 Lamborghini Miura Roadster Concept by Bertone; the roadster (or targa?) version of the Miura that never was.
1968 Maserati Simun Concept by Ghia; it was based on a Maserati, but the exact model is unknown. It later evolved into the Maserati Indy, which went into production a year later.
1968 Opel Aero GT Concept; a sportier Opel GT that never was.
1968 Opel GT Elektro (En: Electric) Concept (electric vehicle); this is probably the first EV sports car that never was.
1968 Pontiac Banshee II Concept; the XP project number is unknown.
1968 Pontiac Grand Prix Prototype; it later evolved into the second generation Pontiac Grand Prix, which went into production a year later.
1968 Rover Alvis BS Concept; the Rover sports car that never was.
1968 Simca 1501 Coach Special Concept by Heuliez
1968 Vanden Plas Princess 1800 Prototype
1968 Volvo P1800 ES Rocket Concept by Frua
1968 Wartburg 355 Coupe Prototype; it was from a Deutsch automaker that BMW bought.
The car I'm about to show you wasn't a concept or a prototype, but it's worth taking a squiz.
ca. 1967 Ferrari Thomassima III; it was an one-off based on a Ferrari 250 GT. It was designed and built by Tom Meade. It was debuted in 1969, so it was likely completed in 1967 according to a few sources. When it made its public debut in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, other automakers had to move their exhibits far back to make room for the dense crowd surrounding the car. The heartwarming story behind the car is worth reading, go right here to read it. Its whereabouts are unknown. On the other hand, Hot Wheels put a 1:64 scale version of the Thomassima III into production in 2000.
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