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Friday, November 26, 2021

A toaster-shaped smart Toyota of the 2000s

~MOst WeirdToyota in its work in the world of the automotive industry as one of the largest manufacturers in the world, actually has produced many motor vehicles. Well, among the many vehicles made by The Japanese auto-giant, there are also many unique and strangely shaped motor vehicles which sometimes makes us frown while asking ourselves, 'how can the big-company like Toyota make such strange vehicle?'
This weird shaped car called the Toyota POD Concept was made by Toyota in early of 2000s. (Picture from: JuraganMobilBekas Mixed by: Eka)
That thing spontaneous crossed our minds when seen these two unique four-wheeled vehicles of Toyota in the status of Quirky Rides on Twitter some time ago. Uniquely, these two vehicles were made by Toyota in early of 2000s. Initially, we've had thought that the Japanese manufacturer engineers might be experienced déjà vu or even brain cramps when making those vehicles (Ups, sorry).💨 Before you feel more curious about those vehicles, come on let's see below!
This weird shaped car called the Toyota POD Concept is built by Toyota in collaboration with the compatriot electronics company Sony and is introduced first in the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: JuraganMobilBekas)
Previously we had discussed the Toyota WiLL VI and the next weird-shaped car called the Toyota POD Concept (might be some of you seen it like a toaster). It is a future concept car was built by Toyota in collaboration with the compatriot electronics company Sony and is featured with an artificial intelligence system that makes it appear more personal. By such artificial intelligence system as if could be made the Toyota POD seem alive.
This Toyota POD Concept is featured with an artificial intelligence system that makes it appear more personal. (Picture from: JuraganMobilBekas)
How can, there many advanced features inside the car, such the screen with various displays generated by Sony-software, so it can create shopping lists, play music and radio. Even the car can also judge the attitudes and moods of drivers based on their reactions and how they drive, also can offer suggestions on how to improve their mood at the time. 
This Toyota POD Concept features a hands only 'drive-by-wire' control system enabling steering, braking and acceleration to be operated through a single controller. (Picture from: JuraganMobilBekas)
Besides that, the seats inside the car's cabin are made in such a way as a high-cozy seat that can be rotated freely. While on the exterior, the Toyota POD Concept can express its own feelings by colored LEDs (red as angry, yellow as happy, blue as sad) as well as antennae and which can be wagged, like a dog's tail.
The Toyota POD Concept's cabin are made in such a way as a high-cozy seat that can be rotated freely. (Picture from: JuraganMobilBekas)
The car also features a hands only 'drive-by-wire' control system enabling steering, braking and acceleration to be operated through a single controller. However, the automaker did not provide any information about the drivetrain and other related technical data, we assumed the POD concept car is driven by an electric motor.
This unique car is first introduced at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. As we've mentioned before, the PODs were designed some kind of your pet on wheels in the future, sadly never get into the Toyota's production lines.😒 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | OLDCONCEPTCARS | CARTHROTTLE | ULTIMATESPECS | TOYOTA UK MAGAZINE ]
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Thursday, November 25, 2021

A modern interpretation of the Lancia Stratos in the 2000s

~Modern Styles~ Still discussing the work of the Italian coachbuilder company, Gruppo Stola. This time what will be discussed is a sports car concept that was built by the Turin-based coachbuilder in 2000 named Stola S81 is mentioned as a modern interpretation of the legendary Lancia Stratos from its creator Marcello Gandini.
2000 Stola S81 is designed by Marcello Gandini and built by Gruppo Stola as the modern intepretation of the legendary Lancia Stratos. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Gruppo Stola's relationship with the designer Marcello Gandini had begun in the late 1980s with the development of the Bugatti EB110. In 1996 Stola decided to start producing concept cars to promote its skills; four years later to shown off at the the 2001 Turin Motor Show.
2000 Stola S81 is nothing more than a full-scale model without an engine, although is set to carry a mid-mounted V8 Maserati's engine capable of producing power of 370 hp. (Picture from: Motor1)
As quoted of Motor1, this concept car was designed by the same Gandini and painted in a flashy orange hue as a nod to the Lancia HF Prototype from 1971. Indeed, it's a rare opportunity in the automotive industry when a very popular car designer like Marcello Gandini is asked to revamp his previous works such as the Lancia Stratos so that it feels quite special and looks more modern in the Stola S81 figure.
2000 Stola S81 is a two-seater sports car which has been equipped with modern security features. (Picture from: Motor1)
As mentioned above, the Turin-based coachbuilder company unveiled the concept car at the 2001 Turin Motor Show, about 28 years since the original Lancia Stratos' debut, as we all know went on to become one of the most successful race cars ever. While the "S81" in its name refers to the 81st anniversary of Alfredo Stola's workshop founded in 1919.
2000 Stola S81's inside featured with modern layout cabin and dashboard full with advance instrument panels. (Picture from: Motor1)
The concept also was launched a decade before the Ferrari 430 Scuderia-based New Stratos, and in fact the Stola S81 is nothing more than a full-scale model without an engine. As such, there are no plans to come out with a production version, although the concept is reportedly set to carry a mid-mounted V8 Maserati's engine capable of producing power of 370 hp.
2000 Stola S81 is a good tribute to one of the most fabled nameplates in the world's rally scene. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
This full-scaled S81 car model is made of an epoxy resin that can be molded in such a way that it becomes the figure of the familiar wedge designed car that put the Lancia in the halls of fame. It is also mentioned that the concept is a good tribute to one of the most fabled nameplates in the world's rally scene.
The S81 concept featured with the same proportions as its source of inspiration, and the modern look on the Stratos is still visible almost two decades later, thanks in part to the wraparound windshield and funky wheels. Other than that, the S81 is simply a reboot as it incorporates several features that take the concept away from Lancia's masterpieces, such as boomerang-shaped LED headlights and a continuous light strip at the rear.
According to Motor1, the one-off is now resting in the collection of Corrado Lopresto, a Milanese architect and businessman. He also owns the rather peculiar Lancia Sibilo, a 1978 concept car that was also based on the Stratos. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | CARSTYLING.RU | CONCEPTCARZ | LOPRESTOCOLLECTION ]
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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The almost forgotten Ferrari P6 Pininfarina

~Almost Forgotten~ Among the many sports car models made by Ferrari, it turns out that there is one name of its sportscar model that has a beautiful wedge style typical of the 1970s, but is now almost forgotten. 
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina first unveiled at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. (Picture from: WheelsAge.org)
The mentioned car named the Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale designed by Pininfarina and first unveiled at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. This Pininfarina designed car was inspired by the Berlinetta Boxer and the 308/328 series and was originally made as a model without an engine.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina posed along with its designer Leonardo Fioravanti and the inspiration sources Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. (Picture from: WheelsAge.org)
The car design with tapered lines were drawn by Leonardo Fioravanti to explore the idea of ​​a road car that would carry Maranello’s legendary V12 behind the cockpit rather than the front, as some successful contemporary models such as the Lamborghini Miura and the De Tomaso Mangusta, as well as their heiresses Countach and Pantera, the Maserati Bora, etc.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is the first Maranello's model carries a mid-mounted V12 engine. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
Only the rear section looks less harmonious than the rest of the car, due to the stubby tail, recessed headlights in the lower section, and the massive upper section, which luckily has been significantly redesigned in the transition to future cars from series.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is powered by a 2,989 cc V12 engine capable of spewing out around 400 hp. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
As a consequence, the sparkling white colored car with a conservative design and exudes an elegant image of a future sports vehicle then given a 2,989 cc V12 engine capable of spewing out around 400 hp.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina used as the basis for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 which was launched in 1971. (Picture from: Auta5p.eu)
Unlike other models and prototypes marked with the letter P, the P6 Berlinetta Speciale (that was its full name) was for all intents and purposes a production car. Unfortunately, it is not having obtained the green light for the next stage, the Berlinetta Speciale P6 was temporarily put aside.😔
Later the design of the P6 Berlinetta Speciale was used as the basis for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 which was first launched in 1971. The car was also powered by a mid-mounted 60° V12 engine, and its prototype was built on the chassis of the rolling Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale Pininfarina concept. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTA5P.EU | SUPERCARS.NET | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI ]
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Stola's Monotipo Concept derived of Fiat Barchetta

~Tiny & Unique~ Indeed, Gruppo Stola as an Italian coachbuilder company does not have a name as famous as its compatriots such as Pininfarina, Zagato and others. However, when viewed from the works, it is not inferior to those famous coachbuilders.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept is built as one-off sportscar concept by Gruppo Stola, and was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone. (Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
Well, in the 1990s, Stola had launched several interesting concept vehicle designs. One of them have also been discussed before here, such as the Fiat Dedica, a custom-made Fiat Barchetta of 1996 dedicated for a former those Italian giant automaker boss, Giovanni Agnelli.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept's retro-styled body is made completely of composite materials, clearly displaying Stola's capability of handling this exotic material(Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
And two years after those custom made Fiat Barchetta launched, the Turin-based coachbuilder company is launched one-off sportscar concept named the Abarth Monotipo Concept and was intended to showcase Stola's craftsmanship rather than to be a fashion statement. 
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept has unique upwards swinged doors at the touch of a hidden switch(Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
Like the 1996 Dedica, the Abarth Monotipo was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone, a close friend of Stola managing-director Alfredo Stola.

The car has unique upwards swinged doors at the touch of a hidden switch, while the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel. Fiat's close relationship with Stola allowed them to licence the "Abarth" tag, and also pinned its traditional 'scorpion' badges at the front and rear.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept also has unique the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel(Picture from: ItaliaSpeed)
The interestingly retro-styled body is made completely of composite materials, clearly displaying Stola's capability of handling this exotic material. Even more impressive is the perfect finish of the bodypanels. All transparent parts are not made of glass but of Isoclima Polycarbonate, which is also used in the aerospace industry, so no wonder if the Abarth Monotipo weighted just 880 kilos.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept is powered by slightly tuned four-cylinder turbo 2,0-liter engine of Lancia Delta Integrale(Picture from: TopCarRating)
While the drivetrain mounted on the slightly stretched Barchetta chassis is a four-cylinder turbo 2,0-liter engine, the same one that used by the Lancia Delta Integrale. Slightly tuned, it is good for a decent 330 hp at 6,500 rpm coupled with 5-speed manual transmission system.
Those engine power then transferred to the front axle. It was able to do acceleration from zero to 100 kph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 290 kph, and to tame those high speeds, so the Monotipo is fitted with the same vented Brembo discs as found on the Ferrari F50.

As quoted of Italiaspeed, the Italian company made just one Abarth Monotipo and launched for the first time at the at the 1998 Turin Motor Show. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ULTIMATECARPAGE | SUPERCARS.NET | GTPLANET.NET | ITALIASPEED ]
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Friday, November 19, 2021

The XP-300 being one of the 1950s Buick dream cars

~Ur Dream Car~ Before leaving Buick in 1951 to move up the General Motors ladder, Charles A. Chayne had approved the Buick XP-300 project and made it as the GM LeSabre's companion dream car, while its name reflects the fact that it was an experimental vehicle with its drivetrain can be spewed power over 300 horsepower.
1951 Buick XP-300 Concept car features a wraparound windshield, three tailfins, and a grille that resembles an electric razor and also includes push-button power windows and seats. (Picture from: OldCarsWeekly)
Besides Charles A. Chayne, in the process of creating the Buick XP-300 concept car (previously labeled as XP-9) also involved other famous figure in the automotive world such as Ned F. Nickles and Harley J. Earl. As we all knew, Charles Chayne have worked together with Harley Earl since the creation of the first future concept car called the Buick Y-Job more than a decade earlier.
1951 Buick XP-300 Concept car (on right-side) shared many common mechanical components with the GM LeSabre Concept (on left-side), including its three tailfins and a 335 horsepower V8 engine, which can run on gasoline or methanol. (Picture from: MacMotorCityGarage)
Off course, if seen from the car appearance, it was really inspired by the heyday of the jet era of the 1950s. In addition, it's known the concept shared many common mechanical components with the LeSabre, including its 335 horsepower V8 engine, which can run on gasoline or methanol.
1951 Buick XP 300 Concept sat on display in the Buick collection at the Sloan Museum, Flint, Michigan. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Despite its somewhat similar appearance to the LeSabre, the XP-300's styling feels cleaner than the more futuristic and rocket-inspired lines of its counterpart. Furthermore, although the LeSabre generally reflects Earl's design philosophy, the XP-300 fits more closely with Chayne's conception of the future of Buick production cars, and its front end design ultimately reflects the 1954 Buick line.

Overall, both of concepts (Y-Job and XP-300) are pretty much the same; and XP-300 was a 1950s dream car that is an interpretation of modern vehicles based on design sketches by Ned F. Nickles, an extraordinary talent self-taught designer.
The interior of the Buick XP-300 Concept features pleated blue-leather bucket seats with adjustable inflatable air bladders and a center console. (Picture from: WikiWand)
Meanwhile the XP-300 has aluminum body panels that reduced the overall weight of the car to 3,100 lbs. This was important, because the body and frame structure were welded as a solid unit and the many push-button power accessories (including the rear convertible window) were heavy and added extra pounds.
The Buick XP-300 Concept features with a striking side trim that would look like a home on the fictional Buck Rogers' interplanetary cruiser. (Picture from: AmazingClassicCars)
And according to OldCarsWeekly, its beauty and innovation went beneath its aluminum skin. Four hydraulic jacks were hidden under the body work and elevated either the driver or passenger side of the car. Upon shutting the doors, steel bars hydraulically slid out so that the car was more rigid, as these bars completed the rollcage-like framework within the body.
The Buick XP-300 Concept's beauty and innovation went beneath its aluminum skin, features also with four hydraulic jacks were hidden under the body work and elevated either the driver or passenger side of the car. (Picture from: AmazingClassicCars)
The XP-300 convertible concept car has the appearance looks like partially of sports car and spaceship sized 16-ft  that glides just 6-1/2 inches above the ground. This car features an "electric shaver" grille, a wraparound windshield, a three-fin tail with an electric radio antenna protruding from the center fin and striking side trim that would look like a home on the fictional Buck Rogers' interplanetary cruiser. It even has push-button seats and windows!
The Buick XP-300 Concept also features with a three-fin tail with an electric radio antenna protruding from the center fin. (Picture from: AmazingClassicCars)
The interior of the XP-300 features pleated blue-leather bucket seats with adjustable inflatable air bladders and a center console. The car also has a telescoping steering wheel and an instrument panel displaying a prominently mounted combined speedometer/tachometer as well as a fuel gauge. It also boasted numerous technologies considered safety features in 1951, including its dual brakes, adjustable seats, and adjustable steering wheel in addition to seat belts.
The XP-300 was displayed at auto shows across the United States, where it became a popular fixture with attendees as well as the press. The XP-300 accumulated nearly 10,400 miles (16,700 km) of driving, although it did not drive as far as the more publicized LeSabre. In 1966, the XP-300 was refurbished and donated to the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.
In 1985, it was sit on display at the Sloan Museum alongside the Buick Centurion, Buick Wildcat II, Buick Y-Job, Cadillac Cyclone, and General Motors Le Sabre. In 1991, it was exhibited at the Museum of Transportation in Brookline, Massachusetts, along with four other GM cars. As of 2018, it is still at the Sloan Museum, where it is one of five Buick concept cars on display and was also insured for $1 million. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | WIKIWAND | OLDCARSWEEKLY | AMAZINGCLASSICCARS | MACMOTORCITY GARAGE ]
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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Here's a lonesome beauty Zeder Z-250

We are interested to know more while seeing this fairly beautiful car shaped on the Pinterest pages. Besides having a beautiful shape, it turns out that its unusual name factor also sparked the desire to get to know the figure of this car more closely. After surfing and searching in the internet, finally we're knew that the car's name comes from the name of the person who designed it, Frederick Zeder Jr.
1953 Zeder Storm Z-250 concept car by Frederick Zeder Jr. and bodywork by Bertone. (Picture from: OldConceptCars)
 Who is he? He is the son of Frederick Zeder who is known as one of the Three Musketeers of Chrysler's engineering team, or the early engineering team that had an important role in the early days of the American car manufacturer previously known as Studebaker.

Like Carol Shelby, the young Zeder had matured in the automotive racing world before serious getting involved into the car design, he was also obsessed with creating a sports car that could become a serious competitor to Jaguar and Ferrari cars both on the racing track and streets.

What's the idea? As quoted from DriveTribe, his dream car is a dual purpose sports car only with just a simple switch on the car's body can be converted from racing use and street use. So then was born the Zeder Storm Z-250.
1953 Zeder Storm Z-250 concept car while on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. (Picture from: ReddIt)
It turns out that in the making of this beautiful car also involved the famous Italian coachbuilder Bertone, it's not surprising if the car was known as one of numerous Bertone's designs in the 1950s. Besides that, there are also many people who know it as the Dodge Storm Z-250, due to the concept car uses the Dodge's mechanical elements.
1953 Zeder Storm Z-250 concept car interior featured with a brown colored steering wheel, the same nuanced dashboard that consisted by several sporty instruments panels and two genuine-leather covered bucket seats. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
In fact the car was designed independently by Fred Zeder Jr. along with the great engineers at that time such as Carl Breer, Gene Cassaroll, Hank Kean and John Butterfield to be proposed as a Chrysler's grand coupé. After completing the design then Zeder Jr. commissioned the Italian master craftsmen Bertone to build the car bodywork. And the result is a beautiful American sports car with a touch of an Italian flare.
1953 Zeder Storm Z-250 concept car uses a Dodge HEMI V8 engine which is capable of producing 260bhp of power and making acceleration performance from 0 to 60 in just 7.5 seconds. (Picture from: Roeteveechie.org)
The model reflects the Bertone style of the period, with particular attention to the lines and design of the American car, especially with regards to the long streamlined front bonnet, smooth wings and imposing horizontal radiator grille.

The car built on a rigid tube frame chassis it was intended to be a dual-purpose sports and racing car. When raced the comfortable touring body currently fitted could be removed by unscrewing four bolts and replaced with an ultra light 150 pound fiberglass body.

As the driving force, the Storm Z-250 uses a Dodge HEMI V8 engine which is capable of producing 260bhp of power and making acceleration performance from 0 to 60 in just 7.5 seconds. Meanwhile the car's other components such as brakes, suspension and steering rack are also taken from some other Chrysler vehicles.
If the Zeder Storm Z-250 would have gone into production it would have competed with the Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Corvette and the Kaiser Darrin. (Picture from: OldConceptCars)
It is said that this car was originally planned with a 2 + 2 composition, but when the bodywork was to be built the Italian coachbuilder, a Bertone designer suggested to Zeder Jr. to turn it into a 2 seater sports car. He was interested to try it and then the 2-seat sportscar Z-250 was realized with satisfying results. The car had run some testings on the famous Fiat roof test track in Turin, and was also presented at the 1953 Turin Auto Show to a great reception
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Zeder Jr. was delighted by the enthusiastic reception of the Italian audience for his car, then he brought it back to the US to offer it to Chrysler in the hopes that the American manufacturer would be interested in producing the car.
However, after arriving in the US, it turned out that Chrysler refused because the Storm Z-250 was considered too expensive and not profitable for the company. Though Zeder Jr. could have offered his car to others, but he wasn't do that due to the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird had made debuts. So he gave up on his dream of producing the dual purpose racer and put the only-one built concept car into his garage.😢

After being rejected by Chrysler, this car was seen several times on display at various institutions and events. In fact, with such exquisite style and potential, it's sad that the car was never produced. In our opinion, this car actually deserves to be a serious competitor for the Corvette, Thunderbird, Jaguar, even Ferrari at the time.😒 *** [EKA [02122020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JALOPNIK | OLDCONCEPTCARS | DRIVETRIBE
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