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EA 276: 1969 VW Golf (MK1) prototype.

I remember seeing a photo of this ages ago…but just saw it again after a long time.  I find it interesting how the rear side view seems to have inspired the Peugeot 205 in many ways.  I also find it interesting that the front end design presented here in 1969 seems way ahead of its time!  As a whole though, I think it’s safe to say that the proper MK1 Golf which presented itself a few years later is a much more cohesive, proportional design than this one is.  This 1969 prototype is also FWD, front-engined as the production MK1 would be…

This car is currently stored at the VW Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany

src: historyOfCars

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The mysterious Saab Facett.

During the time of the original Saab Sonnet 1, there were 6 cars produced by SAAB.  Apparently one of those cars was taken by a SAAB designer/employee named Sigvard Sorenson—–to be transformed in his backyard into something quite peculiar!  The SAAB Facett was born!  This was neither an official prototype OR product from SAAB.  This was just a product of one man’s passion for doing something unique.  He built it right on top of one of the original 6 Sonett 1 roadsters.

Some interesting insight into the car from Saab History

“According to the Continental magazines, the Facett was another prototype being used by Saab to test the public reaction and taste. The truth is that they were way off the mark. From the beginningto end, the Facett was a backyard project and the only connection the builder, Sigvard Sorensen, had with Saab was that he was employed in the design department in Trollhättan.

The story begins when one of the first six Sonetts was offered for sale to the employees at Saab in the early sixties. The company had neither the available space or desire to store all the cars in a shed so they simply sold off the cars they felt were superflouos.

Sigvard Sorensen took up the offer and bought himself a bright green Saab Sonett Super Sport. The car was rather impractical, to say the least, and Sorensen started thinking about what he could do to make it more useful.

He began by removing the plastic body and went to work on the chassis. The fuel tank was moved from its odd position in the front wing to between the rear wheels where it was well protected against all types of accidents + standard procedure on all Saabs with the exception of the six Sonett Is.

The original engine was rejected in favor of a standard sport engine which was more suited to everyday driving than a temperamental, highly tuned racing engine. At this stage Sorensen realized that he would have to build a completely new body sheel and preferably with a hardtop. To get the car driveable quicker, he decided to use sheet metal instead of fiberglass.”

NOW! the story gets even more interesting.  That original Saab Facett (pictured only at the TOP of this post) had been converted back into a green Saab Sonett sometime after by a different owner.  All of the steel bodywork Sigvard had done to the car was removed and the car was restored back to being a roadster.  HOWEVER, this owner (Rene Hirsch) commissioned a german company to replicate the chassis and the original Facett using the same body panels which were removed to re-create the roadster.  So in effect, now BOTH can be seen together again…..the Green Sonett is the original car as SAAB produced it out of the factory—-the white Facett is a recreation of the custom Facett that Sigvard had made after buying the green roadster.  6 Saab Sonett roadsters exist; and now there’s a Facett to join them rather than take one’s place.

multiple sources were used for this article: Saab History,  Madle, and a nice article by George Achorn which clarified some of the confusion @ Turbonines

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interior of the day. Bertone Corvair Testudo

This car recently sold in that Bertone concept auction for 336k Euros, but the 1963 Bertone designed Chevy Corvair Testudo concept had one supercrazy interior.  Wow.

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interior for a madman.

This one!

It’s from the 1978 Lancia Sibilo Concept, designed by Bertone. What are those red and orange buttons!?

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6 ultra rare Bertone concepts to RM Auction

Wow.  Never thought these would be in auction; apparently Bertone is really suffering…and are supposedly liquidating their museum.  How sad.

Included are the unbelievably cool father-of-the-Lamborghini-Espada—–the Lamborghini Marzal—– as well as the Original Lancia Stratos Zero Concept.  The Lamborghini Bravo concept has also always been one of my favourite ‘lost’ concepts from the 70s wedge-shaped revolution.

list of the 6 cars:

1967 Lamborghini Marzal

1963 Chevrolet Testrudo

1974 Lamborghini Bravo Concept

1978 Lancia Sibilo

1980 Lamborghini Athon

1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero

source: http://www.rmauctions.com/PressRelease.cfm?PressID=771

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proof my wife loves me…

Well today is my birthday and my wife ordered me exactly what i’ve been wanting! I’ve been trying to find this book for months now….but (A) it is damn expensive when i do find it ($250-$500), and (B) they were all in Europe so the shipping would be like $30 to get it here to New York City.  There are 2 versions of the book; one in french and one in german.  No english versions, i’m afraid.  It is an absolutely beautiful piece of literature…..as i do know how to read very rudimentary french (think disabled french child-level french), I can understand bits and pieces of the text, however it is the photography which really stands out in this book; SO MANY rare and never before seen photos of Alpines.

Through the last 4 or 5 years, I have collected thousands of rare Alpine A110 photos from the web, and collected them into my digital storage—-however I really wanted a beautiful book to keep which displayed vintage photos of my favourite car in the world—and this one does exactly that.  400+ pages and what seems like multiple photos per page; this is the holy grail of Alpine books!  And now it is mine!  I thank my wife for getting me this…..finally! I am enjoying it very much.

This was published in 1982 by E.P.A Publishing.  The author is Dominique Pascal and of course is out of print! In addition to the A110; It also covers the history of the Marque, as well as the A106, A108, A310, and prototypes for racing.

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Group S and the ‘secret’ Audi prototype.

i saw this post on Motoring Con Brio showing the Lancia Delta ECV2 Group S rally prototype, developed for the days following the ban of the legendary Group B rally class.

Lancia Delta ESV2:

here’s the fascinating story of Audi’s ‘secret’ Group S prototype….a car even Audi/VW board members didn’t want to happen…..a mid engined, 1000hp rocketship, which obviously never made it to any form of completion due to regulatory changes in rally.  Enlarge these photos to read the fascinating story of the Group S ‘secret’ Quattro.

credit for the scans go to the S2 forum by a lad named “HPmuirt”:


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