Tag Archives: 1968

foto of the day. GT6

1968 Triumph GT6. lovely!

src:  gt6.ca

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foto of the day. 911R

Porsche 911R, 1968, Corsica Rally.

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Bertone (Alfa) Carabo.

I can’t think of another car where the LOGO of the model would match the shape of the car!  Marcello Gandini’s 1968 cutting edge, wedge shaped Bertone Carabo had exactly that though!

Bertone’s comment on the car:

At the end of the 1960′s Bertone focussed his creative energies on prototypes. The Turin designer’s creativity and daring reached its peak in 1968 with the Carabo, which was presented at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Built on the Alfa Romeo 33 chassis with a centrally-mounted engine, it became a style classic, known for its creativity and original features, some of which contribute to its legendary standing.

Design features like its tight lines, tapering front blending in seamlessly with the windscreen, and the air inlets and outlets.

And the original door mechanism, with doors opening upwards and forwards (a concept which reappears on the production Countach), and even the novel colour: iridescent green like a beetle (hence the name Carabo, in Italian, a type of beetle).”

(from Carbodydesign)

Let’s also not forget that the Carabo brought the world “scissor doors”….which was mostly a positive innovation, however often a negative one when it’s seen on 1987 Hondas parked at 7-11!

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foto of the day. 911R.

rolling through the 1968 Corsica rally in total style, the Porsche 911R.

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foto of the day. Javelin.

Yes, i’m having a bit of a TA nostalgic day. The superb AMC Javelin used by Mark Donahue in the Trans Am series.

(click to enlarge this wonderfully aggressive foto)

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focus: Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato.

the original Lancia Fulvia is a total legend……and adding to the legend is this rare, but fascinating rebodied Fulvia redone by Zagato and sold in Limited Edition.  A couple of years ago, i had a chance to by an unrestored one of these, but passed it up just due to the huge amount of cash it would have costed to get it back to shape.  One day though, when i have enough loot to swing around, i want a Fulvia HF and a Fulvia Sport Zagato in my garage…….together!

taken from the Ultimate Car Page:

“In April 1965 the first prototype was ready and it was Elio Zagato himself who conducted the road tests. Before the end of the year the production of the Fulvia Sport 1.3 Zagato was started. As can be seen in the second picture, the rear hatch could be opened slightly electrically to improve ventilation while driving. The first production were powered by a 1.2 litre V4 engines, pumping out a decent 80 bhp. In 1967 the displacement was increased to 1.3 litres. This larger engine was available in two states of tune, 87 bhp for the Sport 1.3 and 93 bhp for the Sport 1.3S. In 1970 the Fulvia Sport was slightly restyled and a 115 bhp 1.6 litre engine was added to the line-up.”

Here are some of my favourite Fulvia Sport Zagato photographs:

(CLICK TO ENLARGE THE FOTOS)

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foto of the day.

Lamborghini Espada getting built in the factory (1969)!

(click 2 times to see hi-res)

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concept car wasteland: 1968 Chevrolet Astro II (XP 880)

Well, so all these rumours around about how a C7 Corvette is gonna be mid-engined (if GM even survives their current downfall!), but hey Chevy already tried some concepts with that!  This 1968 Chevrolet Astro II XP-880 (not to be confused with the morbid Chevy Astro van of the 80s/90s) is amazing in pretty much every way.  It’s got a gorgeous body, hinting at some of the 70s Corvettes—but far overreaching them in nearly every respect.  This is the Corvette Chevrolet SHOULD have built….but never did sadly.  It looks inspired by the Miura and Ford GTs of the 60s, but has its own character….another one lost in the archives of the wasteland.

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Camaro Vs. Camaro.

I was born and raised in Detroit. I know what an original late 60s Camaro is supposed to look like, and while Chevrolet can desperately try to associate this new 2010 Chevy Camaro as a throwback to the original, it is clearly NOT a clone of the original.

The recent release of the Dodge Challenger, was a blatant style tribute to the original 197o Challenger, although as previously discussed on IEDEI—not an especially accurate or interesting design job.

The 2010 Chevy Camaro is a robotic, hi-tech, warped, twisted, version of the original Chevy Camaro.  I know for a fact (from people who work close to GM), that when this Camaro was designed as a concept a few years ago for the North American International Auto Show—its conception was rushed and pushed out to the public without putting much care into the design. Fortunately for GM, the design was successful with the Auto Show crowd—–the same sad crowd who wait in lines to sit in cars like the Dodge Avenger. Not really the crowd you want telling you what to put in production, is it?

Either way, the new car will sell by the bucketloads, and for Detroit’s sake—i do hope GM recover from their dire puddle they’re sitting in at the moment. I hope it shakes them up, and they stop producing rubbish cars and get back to the glory of the 50s and 60s.

Camaro Vs. Camaro.

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