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What is the point of concept cars? Designer Peter Stevens weighs in

You might not be aware of this, but if you're an enthusiast you've probably been a fan of at least one example of the work of automotive designer and consultant Peter Stevens. His is the hand behind everyday roadsters like the 2002 MG TF, exotic coupes like the 1988 Lotus Esprit Turbo and racing cars like Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza WRC97. He also drew supercars like the Jaguar XJR-15, and one of the only recent non-Ferrari supercars to explode in value: the McLaren F1.

Stevens posts weekly on Facebook, and his latest update is an essay asking what is the point of concept cars. He starts with Norman Melancton Bel Geddes' 1933 Motorcar No. 9 and works his way through General Motors' 1939 Futurama pavilion and traveling Motorama exhibits, the coachbuilders of the fifties and sixties, throws a Ford Probe III concept in from the eighties and alights on the Porsche Boxster concept.

He doesn't wrap up the piece with the answer, but lays out various reasons for why concepts come into being. And if you're into automotive design, check out his Facebook page photo album for a ton of car photos and the occasional caption.

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