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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ikenga GT Motorcars

Have you ever heard of a unique car called Ikenga that was made in England in the late 1960s? Maybe not many people ever heard and know about its whereabouts now. The last news on the Ikenga is that a Middle Eastern prince purchased it, but its current location is unknown.
1969 Ikenga GT Motorcar MK III inspired by the Igbo culture of Eastern Nigeria and also featured with various sophisticated things like CCTV and a foldaway steering wheel plus Gucci luggage in the trunk. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WpFk99)
The Ikenga automobile venture began as a joint effort of designer/photographer David Gittens and the renowned British coachbuilder Charles Williams; by creating a series of innovative prototype vehicles as limited editions and as future-linked concept probes for British manufacturers.

Inspired by the Igbo culture of Eastern Nigeria, the Ikenga series was built from 1967 to 1969. The futuristic cars featured closed-circuit television, a foldaway steering wheel, and Gucci luggage in the trunk. The cars consisted of several models, ie 1968 Ikenga MK II and 1969 Ikenga MK III also ever built a trike concept called Manatee in 1996.

At the time it was built, the Ikenga was one of the most advanced vehicles ever produced. It designed by David Gittens and built by Charles Williams, and the Ikenga was dubbed by Car and Driver magazine as the "World's Wildest Street Racer" in the time.

It also supported by the same talented team of mechanical and technical wizards who developed voice actuated furniture for computer hardware, Ikenga's assembly studio in London's Kensington district became the creative base from which to grow the vision of a prototype auto design studio.

A core vision of the Ikenga auto venture was to express my creative abilities, and make contributions in motor vehicle concepts, as an expatriate American of African-European descent; launching a successful business idea onto a life stage deemed off-limits to my culture in the 1960s.
The team supporting the development Ikenga motorcars reflected the wonder and excitement of London, England in the mid-sixties: creative, visionary, dynamic, outrageous, inventive, and multicultural; a truly awesome experience! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SEA.ASKMEN.COM | DWIJ.ORG]
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