• Aug 3rd 2010 at 3:29PM
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Now here's a pleasant surprise. The designers at Helvetic Motor Company have officially pulled back the sheets on their Hidalgo, and we have to say that while we were expecting the worst, this Swiss Miss is actually pretty sharp. When a builder announces their intention to reskin a perfectly amiable vehicle like the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, that typically means bad-news bears. But the Hidalgo seemingly manages to blend heaping helpings of Bugatti Atlantic-era styling with the benefit of the Silver Arrow's considerable running gear. Power from the 5.5-liter V8 has been kept to the stock 355 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, enough to make this an interesting alternative to today's contemporary BMW-powered Morgans.

If you're thinking the car looks like something you'd like to get your hands on, you should probably be on the phone with HMC right now. The company is apparently only planning on building six examples per year at most, each one with a price tag of $410,000 at today's current conversion rates. Hey, we never said nostalgia was cheap.

[Source: Autoblog.nl]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      At a quick glance I hated it but after looking at both photo's I'm in love. Has that retro look that still remains well sleek and sexy. If I had the loot I'd opt for one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it almost looks like a repaint.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. Not $410,000 nice, but still nice looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take this over a Vector W12 anyday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks better than the Mercedes it was based on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer the WingDing Motor Company. Their offerings are far more symbolic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @superx1919: +10000000000000!!!!! I LOVE your comment. Subtle humor rocks!

        Now, is anyone from Bugatti paying attention to this thread? Your next supercar is sitting at the top of this page. Imagine a car that looks like this, with Veyron power...

        HOLY COW!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see what you did there... and I like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'd like to see things like this , retro bodies on modern cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you - you get all of the beauty and grace from a classic design, plus all of the reliability, safety, and power of a modern vehicle. I'm sold!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey, that's my paint scheme!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the Bugatti Atlantique for some odd reason.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it.
      its definitely different from pretty much everything elso on the road. And its especially interesting to see what car its based on.
      Don't like the 2 tone paint but overall its damn cool.
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