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Sunday, April 19, 2020

A unique hot-rod style roadster of the 1960s

Maybe it has become a law of nature when a car shown with eccentric shapes and or not in accordance with the market demands so made it failed to be mass-produced or sold to the market. But uniquely, there are a few cars with an eccentric appearance that actually make them timeless. 
1965 Vivant 77, a unique hot-rod style roadster of the 1960s built based on the Herb Adams' design and bodied by 'The Beatles of Troy, Michigan.' (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34FQKIo)
Now let's find out, one of the most unusual, exclusive cars that you would hardly ever see on the road today. One of them is the following car which was built based on the design of Herb Adams, a development engineer at Pontiac and a key figure in the muscle cars of that GM division, wanted to realize his dreams in 1965 of creating a hot-rod dressed up as a design study.
1965 Vivant 77, a unique hot-rod style roadster of the 1960s drove to the Concorso d'Eleganza 2019 at Lake Como, Italy. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34FQKIo)
The car design called the Vivant 77, it is aimed to not only successfully compete with its legendary stylistic role models, such as Bertone’s Alfa Romeo 'BAT mobiles,' but also with opponents on the quarter-mile drag-strip.
1965 Vivant 77, a unique hot-rod style roadster of the 1960s uses the rare 370 ci Pontiac V8 engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34FQKIo)
Adams penned the body, produced a spaceframe, and found the rare 370 ci Pontiac V8 from 1958 and sourced all the other components before having the vehicle clothed in sheet aluminum. At first glance, the design is very thick with the Alfa Romeo BAT series and seems capable of being one of the 1962 Covington el Tiburon rivals.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1965 Vivant 77, a unique hot-rod style roadster of the 1960s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2XJizy6)
The coachwork was fashioned by the three English panel beaters Harry Kennedy, Jack Henser and John Glover, who the US dragster scene was familiar with as 'The Beatles of Troy, Michigan.' After completing construction, this car was displayed for the first time at the 1966 Detroit Auto-Rama event.
1965 Vivant 77, a unique hot-rod style roadster of the 1960s was displayed for the first time in the 1966 Detroit Auto-Rama even. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34FQKIo)
When the party was over, Vivant 77 was forgotten about before it has shown off to the public again in 2009 and being authentically restored to its original condition.
Lastly, the car reappeared before the public at the Concorso d'Eleganza 2019 and sunbathing lakeside on the grounds of Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy along with another 50 of the world's rarest cars and motorcycles. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DESIGNBOOM | JALOPY JOURNAL]
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