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The Lancia Thesis is a comfortable and elegant car, but never became a sales success due to its odd styling. At least that's what Enrico Fumia figures, and as a designer of numerous Lancias and Alfa Romeos, he should know. His solution is the Lancia J, an equally unusual design, though arguably more fluid and elegant than the flagship Thesis sedan that it aims to supersede.

Fumia designed the Lancia J to celebrate the carmaker's landmark centenary. The car features some interesting styling elements, such as rear-hinged "suicide" doors in the back, CLS-style coupe-like styling, and most uniquely, chrome-trimmed front and rear bumpers that curve and dip to form intriguingly elegant lines. The concept was drawn up in a two-tone paintjob, a longstanding staple of Lancia's flagship model.

The Lancia J is still an entirely quirky design, unmistakably Lancia through and through. It just might be the perfect model for the marque's renaissance, and if Lancia decides to build it, this car could become the conveyance of choice for Italian businessmen, politicians and cardinals.

More images after the jump, including concept sketches and a live shot of the scale model.

[Source: Info Motori]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      behold, the Amoeba LX-V6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah, you could call that "fluid."

      Personally, I don't dig the "sagging layer cake" school of design.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WTF!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Ken. They pay people to come up with crap like this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Help me! I'm mellllting....
      • 8 Years Ago
      i think I designed cars like this when i was still learning to color in between the lines. 6 year olds design nicer cars. I don't know why this article dotes on this design so much, it sucks
      • 8 Years Ago
      UGH!! Didn't know that Salvador Dali was into automotive design. This thing reminds of that painting he did of the drooping clocks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      my eyes

      yikes, i can't even find words to attack this car with
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I drove my Lancia to the carnival and took pictures of it in front of the distortion mirrors. See, Dad, how fat I look!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this thing ends up in a creek, you'll never find it.
      • 8 Years Ago


      OMG, It's been Bangled all over!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yuk, people get paid to come up wth crap like this?
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