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Sunday, April 18, 2021

One-off T-bird Tridon showcar

Again, we are talking about a uniquely shaped classic car made by the Ford Motor Company. The classic car that will be discussed this time is called the Ford Thunderbird Tridon Concept. As quoted from Automotivemileposts, the concept car is built on the basis of the 1970 Ford Thunderbird Two Door Hardtop and and is intended to be a show car.
1970 Ford Thunderbird Tridon Concept is featured with a unique prominent nosepiece and the headlights hidden behind the grilles. (Picture from: Automotivemileposts)
Furthermore, the one-off concept car got its name from its tri-elemental design and is one of the concept car design models had built on the basis of Thunderbird for three consecutive years. Well, as You can be seen of the concept car figure which is said to have carried the new production sports-roof design was already a racy design, and the Tridon used the sloping rear roof structure to full advantage.
1970 Ford Thunderbird Tridon concept car is built based on the 1970 Ford Thunderbird Two Door Hardtop like this and intended to be a show car. (Picture from: OLdCarSite)
Over the years, the Ford' designers worked hard to produce something unique for the Thunderbird' roof. And the Tridon is thought to be giving the right direction for a unique roof feature for the Thunderbird that is worth producing. As can be seen on the Tridon, there's a unique tinted skylight roof strip panel that stretched across the roof of the car from one side to the other and is located behind the rear window, the panels give rear seat passengers a clear upward view. On the other hand, the Tridon concept car has a small recessed rear window.
1970 Ford Thunderbird Tridon Concept shows the fully enclosed rear wheels and rear skylight roof panel. (Picture from: Automotivemileposts)
At the front, a three-piece nosepiece features a very prominent center section that jutted out in front, similar to the Thunderbirds production cars of the time, but more dramatic. The headlights are hidden behind grilles that featured five horizontal chrome bars against a blacked-out background. The grilles were separated by the center section of the nose, and front parking and turn signs are tucked in each outboard end of the grilles. The engine cooling slots ran horizontally below each grille, and between the grille and cooling slots was a thin black rubber rub strip, which ran from end to end.
1970 Ford Thunderbird Tridon Concept made its debut at the 1971 Chicago Auto Show. (Picture from: Bestride)
The front, rear bumpers and nosepiece at front were made of plastic materials that was designed to absorb minor impacts and bounce back into position, without damaging the car. Then all the glass attached to the Tridon was tinted in an amber shade to complement the interior and exterior finishing touches. Well, there's twenty coats of a creamy yellow that had a pearlescent effect to it named Moongold Mist coated the Tridon’s exterior. While inside the car, You would be found the interior upholstered in a ginger-colored synthetic lambs wool featured with the high back front bucket seats were separated by a full-length center console. Unfortunately there are no color photos for the interior.
The Tiara Aluminum Wrapover roof design and the Opera Window which were included as part of the popular model of the Ford Thunderbird Town Landau taken inspiration of the Tridon's skylight roof panel. (Picture from: Automotivemileposts)
The wheels (with the rear ones were fully-enclosed) were made of aluminum and held on to the brake rotors with bolts around the perimeter of the wheel surface, rather than toward the center and the Firestone provided unique tires for the Ford Thunderbird Tridon, and the concept car made its debut at the 1971 Chicago Auto Show.

Although it was never fully realized as a production version car, at least the Tridon' roof panel elements became the inspiration for the Tiara Aluminum Wrapover roof design and the Opera Window which were included as part of the popular model of the Ford Thunderbird Town Landau which was produced from 1977 to 1979. We think Ford's stylists have finally found the right and unique roof panel for the Thunderbird model. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOMOTIVEMILEPOSTS | BESTRIDE ]
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Saturday, April 17, 2021

The last OSCA race car

The automotive world in the 1950s to the 1960s can be said to be the golden age of the Italian fast cars, many of them dominating various major racing events. Those were commonplace, because most of the racing activists at that time were the Italian automotive manufacturers ranging from large to small scaled companies. The intense competition atmosphere not only occured on the circuit but also spread out of the circuit. It is not surprising that many of the automotive business players had to resign because they could no longer face the tough competition at that time.
1963 OSCA 1600 SP while sat on dispay at the 2012 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. (Picture from: Coachbuild)
This was also felt by OSCA (Officine Specializzate Construzione Automobili), a small Italian automotive company owned by the three Maserati brothers in maintaining the existence of their company's banner in the automotive industry, in which they had to face many of the same problems in the second half of the 1960s as they have been done on two decades earlier. Once again, the problem of limited demand for race cars threatens the existence of their company.
1961 OSCA 1600 GT Coupe bodied by Fissore and powered by a twin-cam 1.6 liter engine that can deliver 95 hp of power to drive its rear wheels. (Picture from: Hemmings)
As qouted of Ultimatecarpage, in an attempt to turn their fortunes around before the Maserati brothers were forced to close shop or sell their business once again, then they launched the all-new OSCA 1600 GT as the company's first production road legal car. The coupe-style standard car uses a Carrozzeria Fissore made bodywork and is powered by a twin-cam 1.6 liter engine that can deliver 95 hp of power to drive its rear wheels.
1962 OSCA 1600 GT racing version bodied by Zagato and powered by an engine tuned to 140 bhp, and applied the rear's independent suspensions. (Picture from: Coachbuild)
Given the Maserati brothers' great interest in the world of racing, it's no wonder the racing variants also offered then in the 1962. The 1600 GT racing version is built using a Zagato-made lightweight body, powered by an engine tuned to 140 hp, and applied the rear's independent suspensions. It turns out that the OSCA 1600 GT in various guises managed to reap the great success, then allowed the three Maserati brothers able to develop a new purpose-built racing car.
1963 OSCA 1600 SP racing car prototype is powered by an engine tuned to 140 hp coupled with the four-speed gearbox and mounted on an all-new multi-tubular space frame chassis. (Picture from: Supercars)
The new purpose-built racing car dubbed as the OSCA 1600 SP (and SP stands for 'Sperimentale' or Experimental) is powered by the same 140 hp engine used by the racing version of the OSCA 1600 GT coupled with the four-speed gearbox and mounted on an all-new multi-tubular space frame chassis. Then the independent suspension via double wishbones is installed at all four corners, furthermore there's sizeable disc brake system that's allowed the 1600 SP to provide capable braking power.
Initially 1963 OSCA 1600 SP racing car built to race at the 24-Hours of Le Mans, but never been raced at all. (Picture from: Supercars)
The sophisticated and light rolling chassis is then wrapped in a sleek coupe-style body. If usually OSCA always assigns the coachbuilding company like Morelli to made the bodywork, but this time the 1600 SP' bodywork is made in-house was of course particularly interesting and profitable from an economic perspective. The design is determined mostly by the shape of the chassis as the aluminium panels were tightly wrapped over the mechanical components, and the results are visually pleasing.
1963 OSCA 1600 SP racing car prototype has sleek low-drag body shape. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
Initially the OSCA's race car was built to race at the 24-Hours of Le Mans, it can be seen by its sleek low-drag body shape, Kamm-tail at rear. But what could be said when the economic reality speaks differently to the Maserati brothers. When the first 1600 SP race car was completely finished in the 1963, they were forced to sell their business to Count Augusta (the owner of MV Augusta motorcycle manufacturer), who turned out to be more interested with the Maserati brothers' engineering capabilities than to the OSCA' cars.
1963 OSCA 1600 SP racing car prototype's steering wheel and dashboard view. (Picture from: GTPlanet)
Well, it's like a tragedy that suddenly comes, as a result of the transfer of the company ownership, the 1600 SP race car project was terminated and the finished race car never raced.😭 Under the Count Augusta' ownership, the company operated as usual until 1966 when the Maserati brothers left and soon after production ceased. Furthermore, OSCA has become the final motoring venture for the Maserati brothers, then the OSCA 1600 SP is recorded the last race car built by them.
1963 OSCA 1600 SP racing car prototype also featured the Kamm-tail at rear. (Picture from: GTPlanet)
The sole OSCA 1600 SP race car was kept by Ernesto Maserati until the late 1960s, when he gave it as a gift to his son Alfieri Maserati. He has loved the car ever since and despite its regular use, remained in highly original condition. The car rarely appears at public events, the last time the Maserati family' scion race car had seen at the 2012 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
. Wanna see the Fiat-OSCA 1500 Spider.
 
And if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to this marque, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD | ULTIMATECARPAGE | SUPERCARS | HEMMINGS | GTPLANET ]
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Friday, April 16, 2021

The rarely seen of the Karmann-Ghia's design concept for Volkswagen of the 1960s

Volkswagen is a German's automotive brand that is very well known in the world since the 1937 and is the original brand of the Wolfsburg-based multi-national corporation, besides that they also oversees several other car brands such as Audi, Bentley Motors, Bugatti Automobiles, Automobili Lamborghini, SEAT, Škoda Auto, Scania and even Porsche. So it is not surprising that the German's company has a variety of production versions of car models.
The rarely seen of the 1965 Karmann-Ghia Concept designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ghia as one of the design study models to be submitted to Volkswagen as a replacement model for the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
During their long business times, we get to know several iconic car models with the Volkswagen brand, such as the VW Beetle, VW T1 (Kombi), VW Golf, VW Passat and others. Besides producing car models independently, the German auto manufacturer also ever been involved several third parties, especially in the development of special car models. 
The Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia was designed by Luigi Serge of Ghia and manufactured by Karmann ranging of the 1955 to 1974. (Picture from: Jalopnik)
And one of the famous collaboration result car models of Volkswagen with third parties is the VW Karmann-Ghia. This is a sports car (available in coupe and convertible 2+2 form) built on the chassis and mechanics of the Volkswagen Beetle, it was designed by Luigi Serge and manufactured by Karmann ranging of the 1955 to 1974.
The rarely seen of the 1965 Karmann-Ghia Concept while sat on display at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
As we know, Volkswagen is a conservative company when it comes to dealing with major changes to its models. That is why they are often so reluctant to make a style change. But things were different when they approved the production of the VW Karmann-Ghia, at least they were willing to accept a style change into looked more fresher and sporty in the 1950s, even though in technical terms nothing had actually changed at all.
The 1965 Karmann-Ghia Concept is appeared with a lean, sleek and clean bodywork, so made it looks very modern and very striking especially for 1965. (Picture from: Jalopnik)
As qouted of the Jalopnik, Karmann, a compatriot company built the Karmann-Ghia for Volkswagen in collaboration with Carrozzeria Ghia, an Italian design house, whose often would design updated versions of their Karmann-Ghia in hopes Volkswagen would sign off, even though they never did and the original Ghia kept on as before. But Karmann never stopped trying to get Volkswagen excited about something new, which is why this particular car exist.

Until one day in the 1965, Karmann prepared and built three design study models to be submitted to Volkswagen as a replacement model for the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and one of them named Karmann-Ghia Concept. As qouted of Conceptcarz, the car designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro while he worked for Ghia. The car built on a slightly wider version chassis than what it's used on the normal Karmann-Ghia. And it's appeared with a lean, sleek and clean bodywork, so made it looks very modern and very striking especially for 1965. Besides that the model has a certain form of precision which later became popular in the 1980s. 
The 1965 Karmann-Ghia Concept is based on the Type 1 platform and is appeared with different sides both in the left-right (some nice brightwork trim, and both a Ghia shield-badge and the KARMANN badge at the rear, it’s pretty elegant and fancy). (Picture from: Flickr)
So it could be said, the model should be born in the next fews decades ahead not in the 1965. It's also a pretty dramatic departure from the look and feel of not just the original Karmann Ghia, but almost any other models that Volkswagen was building at the time. As you can see, some of the curves and round shapes that were so dominating in the original model are now gone, replaced smooth planes with undercuts and angled cutaways that give the car an agile, lith and modern boxy look.

This study design model is also a very interesting demonstration about how flexible VW’s standard platform chassis was for carrying radically different body designs. In our unibody-dominated modern world, this sort of thing is much harder to pull off, but back in the day, VW was basically showed us, they can build pretty much bodies as many they wanted only on one chassis.
The 1965 Karmann-Ghia Concept is based on the Type 1 platform and is appeared with different sides both in the left-right (the finger-hole for the door handle mimics of the shark's gills-like engine cooling air vents). (Picture from: Flickr)
There are several unusual features installed on the study design model, such the turn signal indicators on the dashboard in the form of a lavish, decadent two little green arrows to let you know which way you’re turning, was next to impossible for decades. Then to fill the generously-sized engine bay of this one-off model is a standard VW Type I 1,300 cc 40 hp engine by using an offset air cleaner. While this is a real car, on a real chassis, and even drivable, it’s still just a design study, so you find some interesting details, like these engine air intake vents stickers.

Something else also only can find on this design study model, turn out the left and right sides are not the same. That's intended in order to evaluate two different design ideas for the door handles and side air cooling vents. On the the driver's side with some nice brightwork trim, and both a Ghia shield-badge and the KARMANN badge at the rear, it’s pretty elegant and fancy. The door handle is a minimal button and finger cut-out, very clean and slick.
Meanwhile, on the passenger side, we find a totally different and unique approach, especially the way of the finger-hole for the door handle mimics of the shark's gills-like engine cooling air vents. This is a bit bolder and sportier than the other side. Which side do you like better?

Write your choice in the comments column below this article. If only we have the time machines and go back to the past, so that we can help and give the input to Karmann in choosing the best design in the 1965.😀 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JALOPNIK | WIKIPEDIA | MYCARQUEST | CONCEPTCARZ ]
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pagani Imola has sold out before It launching

The automotive world seems to be always excited, this is marked by the number of automotive manufacturers that look like endless to launch new products. And entering 2020 as an example, Pagani, one of the leading Italian automotive manufacturers. Yes, they seem to have not stopped to be creative which then launched a supercar variant called the Pagani Imola.
Pagani Imola plans to debut at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show in March. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vHrtjJ)
The supercar variant's name was inspired by the Imola racing circuit located in Italy. This circuit track is a test site for the development of Pagani's latest supercar variant. And even the Italian manufacturer had ever been uploaded a trial display of this car through its social media account in September last year.
Pagani Imola somehow gets its own model name despite clearly taken the inspiration of its predecessor Huayra. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SEL64L)
And this latest variant also reportedly included in one of the units that will be displayed by the Italian manufacturer at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 event later. The Italian manufacturer officially gave a leaked specification of the Pagani Imola hypercar that was ready to be brought to the exhibition.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of Pagani Imola. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2V2UIrN)
It is said that the variant model is an upgraded version of the previous model, Pagani Huayra, by resetting the V12 engine from Mercedes Benz with a capacity of 6.0 L with a double turbo device. So this engine is capable of producing bursts of power up to 827 horsepower with 1,100 Nm of torque which is then channeled through a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission system to drive the wheels.
Luxurious genuine leather seats inside the Pagani Imola cabin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2V2UIrN)
Although there are no official performance figures released by the manufacturer in terms of speed, Pagani Imola is said to be one of the fastest cars that can be driven on the streets. In construction, this supercar uses a monocoque chassis with Carbo-Titanium and Carbo-Triax. And it is also said that Pagani Imola comes with a unique suspension geometry because the damper will be connected to each other through the latest central electronics. In addition to the dampers, central electronics can also handle engines, transmissions, and differentials.
Pagani Imola has a new feature called the 'Smart Gas' system that reduces the shift times while improving performance(Picture from: http://bit.ly/2V2UIrN)
And this is the first supercar made by Pagani that uses the Acquarello Light paint to reduce the car’s weight by 5 kilograms without sacrificing the color’s depth, richness, and shine. Not only that, but the car also uses aluminum, titanium, and chrome-molybdenum steel, so the final weight of this car is recorded at just 1,246 kg. In addition to its lighter weight, this car is also built using more than 770 new components that are made by sophisticated CNC machine tools.
Pagani Imola uses a Mercedes-Benz AMG motor, a roaring 60-degree, 6-liter V12 making that aforementioned 827 hp as well as 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2uYrnE3)
Another leak said this car will have increased acceleration, especially in the replacement of the transmission with the addition of a new system called Smart Gas which is claimed to be able to make this supercar more easier to be controlled. But unfortunately, the new detailed information will be delivered by this Italian company when the world's largest automotive exhibition takes place in March.
Then Pagani Imola will only be assembled as many as five units, with the latest news, all of them have been sold to interested ones now. Although, Pagani sold each unit of this supercar in the price range of €5 million or around Rp.74.1 billion. However, it isn't yet known whether the unit displayed in Geneva later is one of the models that has been sold. We thought this supercar launches decent to be waiting. How's about you? *** [EKA (19022020) | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NEW ATLAS | CARSCOOPS | MOTOR1 | AUTOBLOG]
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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Conciso, another Ferrari weird creation of 80's

After sometime ago we all knew about weird Ferrari car creations of 80's such as Ferrari Mythos, Ferrari Testa D'Oro Colani or even from 50s like the classic-one Ferrari Ouvo. Perhaps a Ferrari 328 GTS is simply too standard. If that statement rings true, RM Sotheby's has consigned quite a quirky take on Ferrari's late-'80s sports car. And then....
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
Might be one of you will ask, is this a Ferrari? Yes, this is a truly one-of-a-kind Ferrari. It's called the Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso, a brainchild of German designer Bernd Michalak. Aside from the radically different shape, the Conciso's body is made entirely from aluminum to shed pounds–it's good for a 30-percent weight reduction, per the consignment. Looking for doors? 
Front view of 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
There aren't any, and the driver has to do their best hop and jump to enter the Conciso. A fixed roof? It's a convertible only. And the windshield? Frameless for driving pleasure, not for safety.
Steering wheel and dashboard view of 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
On the inside, the 328 GTS Conciso is pretty barren with a driver-focused cockpit, save for the fact that the most important gauges, the speedometer and tachometer, are set to the right. But, if the driver wants to see the oil temperature and fuel level, that's directly front and center... for some reason.
Rear side view of 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Conciso. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M0NFuZ)
The powertrain remains all Ferrari, however, with a 3.2-liter V-8 engine producing around 270 horsepower and a 5-speed manual for shifting duties. At the time, a 328 GTS could crack 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, but the time should be slightly better with the Conciso's weight savings.
RM Sotheby hasn't provided an estimated sale price, so it's really anyone's guess as to how much the Conciso will sell for. It's one-of-one, which means someone, somewhere, will likely find it desirable. Or you wanna see another weird car designs in here. *** [EKA (21072019) | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORAUTHORITY]
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Monday, April 12, 2021

An Aussie hypercar candidate named Giocattolo 'Hyperod' Marcella

As the world's automotive slumped globally, it also affected to the Australia which now has no longer seen as a profitable place for the automotive industry, therefore many of the world's automotive manufacturers such as Ford, GM and Toyota were decided to end their manufacturing operations in those country. But fortunately, there are some local car manufacturers such as Brabham Automotive and another car kit manufacturers kept the car industry still alive in Australia.
The new Aussie hypercar named Giocattolo 'HypeRod' Marcella said to be ready to premiere at the 2022 Peeble Beach Concours d'Elegance. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
Soon, there'll be a newcomer to the automotive industry in the Aussie, namely Giocattolo Motori, a high-performance car company founded by Paul Halstead, the former owner of De Tomaso Australia. Reportedly, the auto company will be launching a new hypercar called the Giocattolo 'HypeRod' Marcella in the next two years which is claimed to have extraordinary power because it uses a W16 engine made by combining a pair of Chevrolet's LS7 V8 engines.
The Giocattolo 'HypeRod' Marcella is basically a mix of the hypercar and hot rod genres, with a stunning look and awesome soundtrack, a low body, high-tech powertrain, analog instruments and inputs, and a visual link to American hot rod history. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
The engine will boast Higgins race heads with a billet alloy bridge tying the two blocks into one and a plate across the back for affixing a custom transfer case. That transfer case's job is to channel the torque from both crankshafts into a single output shaft that interfaces with an Albins-supplied, six-speed sequential transaxle with a limited-slip differential. Most high-tech of all, the whole assembly will serve as a stress-bearing member of the chassis, just like in an F1 car.
The Giocattolo 'HypeRod' Marcella is powered by a W16 engine is made by combining a pair of Chevrolet's LS7 V8 engines. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
"I wanted the power of the Bugatti Veyron but I couldn’t afford to build a bespoke W16 engine, and frankly nor did I have the expertise. Chasing power, I started with an LS7 Chevrolet alloy V8. Supercharging was a possibility and which I was familiar with this tech, having just built one for my wide-bodied Monaro GTO. But the centre of gravity would have been way too high," said Halstead as qouted of Caradvic.com.au.
The Giocattolo 'HypeRod' Marcella is a wild-looking lightweight three seats speedster and claimed to have extraordinary power of 1,400 hp. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
Then he chose another way by combining two LS7 engines mounted side by side by tilting eeach at a 45-degree angle and incorporating dry-sump lubrication. The whole thing was just over one metre wide, that's includes eight central exhausts pipes, the other eight pipes (four per side) would come out flat above the carbon floor. As the result is claimed to be very amazing, because the engine is capable of spraying power up to 1,400 hp and still meets current emission regulations as well.  
The Giocattolo 'HypeRod' Marcella will be produced in America and for the time being the price is still not settled yet but obviously it will be at the rarefied end of a very exclusive market. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
It was also stated that the Marcella will be the first of the new car genre of Halstead called as the "hyperod." It's basically a mix of the hypercar and hot rod genres, with a stunning look and awesome soundtrack, a low body, high-tech powertrain, analog instruments and inputs, and a visual link to American hot rod history. Equally important, to qualify as a hyperod, a mechanical part such as a machine must be visible and exquisite to look at. The kerb weight of the car is estimated to be around 1250kg.

Halstead hopes that Giocattolo Marcella, a wild-looking lightweight three seats speedster, will be ready to premiere at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The plan, the hypercar will be produced in America and for the time being the price of Halstead's Hyperod is still not settled yet but obviously it will be at the rarefied end of a very exclusive market. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARADVICE | CARBUZZ ]
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