• Mar 8, 2011
Going back to the future in automotive design – Click above to watch the video after the break

Think today's concept cars – like the ones recently unveiled at the currently ongoing Geneva Motor Show – are off the wall? They ain't got nothin' on what American automakers and independent engineers alike were coming up with circa the 1950s.

With the jet age throttling up to full speed, the concept cars of yesteryear embodied the unbridled optimism of post-war America. Today, of course, they seem as kitschy as an old Disneyland ride, but you can take that step back into the future that never was in the brief video after the jump. Just don't forget where you parked the DeLorean there, Marty.

[Source: Retro Thing]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish car companies still had the passion of the 50's. they weren't afraid to build and try different things, this goes across almost all industries during this time.. Truly pioneers, today's world seems like we dont value our scientists and educated folk, it's time we head back to that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        i should mention when i say passion i mean more towards the actual people in those companies during the times. people's passion today is in other things.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahahahah...."formidable indeed is it's nose..."
      • 3 Years Ago
      It reminds me the Tex Avery cartoon about the cars of the future (in the 50's)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish it was the 50s again...a simpler time,a better time.
        • 3 Years Ago
        for some people. for many people it was hell on earth in terms of equal rights. I love the architecture and styling of the Mid-Century Modern period, though. In terms of design, it was all about an optimistic future, instead of the hunkered-down, afraid of everything that much of design consists of today.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agree. The 50's rule. It all went into the toilet in the 60's.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed on all counts, but I wouldn't say designers are necessarily afraid of anything. But if they are, it's because the Internet has created scores of people who want to have the first (or loudest) opinion on everything. In the 50s, if you designed a flop, it flopped. Now, everyone acts personally offended or screams bloody murder when something doesn't meet their expectations.
        • 3 Years Ago
        A simpler time and better time....maybe for you. I wasn't around then but I'm sure I would have a different perspective being African descendant and all :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought that last car was actually the coolest of them all. And using aluminum/plastic/fiber glass totally sounds like a modern thing to do.
      • 3 Years Ago
      interesting that they had fiber glass composite then
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you would like to see a restoration of a Davis 3 wheeler and you get HD Theater cable channel, Chasing Classic Cars had a episode showing the restoration and the exhibiting at Pebble Beach.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can you imagine the selling price of these things at Barret-Jackson today???
      • 3 Years Ago
      Were we not supposed to have flying cars by now?
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