Don't believe anyone who tells you "they don't build 'em like they used to." Not even us. Because they do, in fact, build them even better, with the benefit of a century's worth of automotive development. Styling, however, is a matter of taste, and beauty is in the proverbial eye of the beholder. So you could certainly make the case that cars were more beautiful back in the day.

That, you see, is where the Huet Brothers come in. Several years ago, the Dutch fraternity rolled out the HB Special, a retro roadster based on a Triumph TR6, designed for use in classic rallies organized by the Huets but also available for sale in limited quantities. Now Tino and Paul are back with a fixed-roof coupe design they've been working on.

Still in the development phase, the classically proportioned HB Coupe promises to offer the comforts and reliability of a modern car with the style and charm of a classic. Weighing in at little over 2,400 lbs, it packs a 3.0-liter inline-six of unspecified origin – presumably BMW – mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. So equipped, the drivetrain is said to be good for 306 horsepower, an anticipated 4.3-second run to 62 mph and a 155 mph top end. A 2.0-liter, 204-horsepower diesel four (with six-speed manual or automatic) is also scheduled to be available for a 5.6-second sprint.

HB is also planning a more performance-oriented version as well as a racing model in the future, but the brothers are taking things one step at a time. In a novel approach to raising capital, HB is selling wristwatches and other gear to help get the project off the ground, and it has two timepieces currently on promotion in a group deal you can check out on their website. There's no word yet on pricing, so watch this space for more. In the meantime, you can scope out the video and details after the jump and the design renderings in the image gallery above.




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HB Coupe General Idea behind the project.
What about a HB Coupe?? We have been very busy drawing and thinking about this project. That's when it gets silent on our side... sorry for that.

However, just a few ideas for you to think over.
1. What about a sports coupe that is fuel efficient? Let's say .. 0-100 in under 6 seconds but 3.8 l /100??
2. What about modern comforts and modern proven technology??
3. What about classic lines??
4. What about it being a daily driver... let's say home-work-home stuck in traffic kind of thing??
5. What about it being comfortable when it needs to be and quick and nimble when you want it to be??
6. What about that it will never rust??

Well, we have been thinking about it a lot and we have come to the conclusion that as gentlemen drivers:
1. Yes, we want a sports coupe, for rain and sunny weather, with modern day comforts, with classic lines, which doesn't rust, which can carry our bags, which can handle mountain roads as well as traffic jams, which can be serviced at any garage, which will put a smile on our faces every day and not to forget that drives to the Swiss Alps from Amsterdam on 48 litres.
Mmhmmm, but we are not like everybody... because that car would surely exist already. So maybe some of us don't like classic lines too much and maybe some of us don't really care about tanking after 1200 km. Some of us want a race car for on the road - a road racer.

Well, we have been thinking about it a lot and we have come to the conclusion that as road racers.
1. Yes, we want a race car for on the road, for rain and sunny weather, with some modern day comforts, which doesn't rust, which can carry a bag, which can handle mountain roads as well as traffic jams, which can be serviced at any garage, which will put a smile on our faces every day and not to forget that drives to the Swiss Alps from Amsterdam in less than 7 hours... easily.
Mhmmhmmm, but some of us don't see the road as a circuit but a circuit as their road.... Yeah, think about that one.

Well, we have been thinking about it a lot and we have come to the conclusion that as pure racers.
1. Yes, we want a race car for on a circuit. That can be tuned to the bone. That's lightweight and safe and that goes like stink!
We could not really decide which of the 3 personalities we are?? So we decided to design all 3. Call them triplets if you wish, all we know is, it's taken time and effort to design. Now it's going to take a whole lot more time and serious funding to get these babies on the road. We can use all the help we can get.


HB Coupe

The Road is my Home
• I want a sports car that is fuel efficient
• I want space for my bags and golf kit
• It needs to be comfortable with climate control
• I don't need to hear the engine all the time
• I want heated seats and surround sound
• I sometimes get stuck in traffic
• I promise not to crash but if I do I want to walk away

Body
Full Carbon monocoque.

Engines
3L - 6cyl: 306 BHP/400 NM
2L 4cyl Diesel: 204 BHP/400 NM

Performance (diesel/petrol)
0-100 kph: 5.6/4.3 Seconds
Top Speed: 250 km

Weight
1121/1159 KG

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Manual 6 speed gearbox.
The Diesel is also available with a 6 speed automatic. The HB Coupe is available with a seven speed double clutch transmission.


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      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a re-do of the old Alfa GTZ (or Zagato) to me! Which isn't bad, either!
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see sooo many different cars referenced in that design I cant count them all - nice work, it does all hang together pretty nicely in concept - it reminds me of a Bristol Fighter - only less forward and more "retro" (hate to use that word) Not crazy about the faceted mouth shape.....
      S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Simple is beautiful!
      bairdv8s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is this Rwd? With a Bm straight six (presumably turbocharged) RWD packaged in an attractive classic body crafted by a company with great heritage, I know where i'd be spending my imaginary money......
      Dan78666
      • 2 Years Ago
      "presumably BMW" Try fact checking by visiting the site (hbcoupe.com) where they specifically state that at least for the RR they use "BMW performance engines and drivelines." Otherwise I like the concept and appreciate the desire to build cars that have personality and feeling rather than merely being some engineer's wet dream.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Kris
        • 2 Years Ago
        Where do I begin? Sound deadening, electric seats, automatic retractable roof and so on, and so on...
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        This doesn't have to mee modern day crash tests, and doesn't have any of the electronics I bet
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      Frickalot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad about the shape of the grill. They tried to be original a little too hard. Otherwise, freekin nice! especially with the steel wheels...
      Typesbad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Have these guys ever heard the term "3/4 angle"?
        William
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Typesbad
        Typesbad, I haven't what is it? Will search it...
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      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      please be under 100,000 please be under 100,000.
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        @thedriveatfive
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      You guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      3.0L inline 6... BMW? Maybe they bought the fabs for the 2JZ from Toyota. Yes... I dare to dream.
        Xedicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @You guy
        Oh yes, the Supra engine! To me there are 3 inline sixes that should be worshiped as engine deities - The BMW inline six, the AMC / Chrysler inline six, and the Toyota 2JZ. All for slightly different reasons of course. :)
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