1960: Visions for the future

About half a century ago people were dreaming about the future of automobiles. Designers gave their imagination free rein, and out came studies that still look very futuristic today. Automobile on two wheels, which look more like a combat aircraft, seemingly wedge-shaped coupes or streamlined shapes with tailplane were the result of future-oriented visions. A selection of such handmade single pieces from the 1960s will be presented this weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in its own class.

Andrew Di Dia designed the DiDia 150 Coupé in 1960, probably the most luxurious concept car in the series of exhibits. Di Dia was fashion designer and designed the vehicle for the US American singer Bobby Darin. The construction of the custom car lasted seven years. The aluminum body was drawn by Bob Kaiser and handcrafted by Ron Clark. The body was built on an aluminum tubular frame. The drive was powered by a 427 Cubic Ford high-performance engine. With a selling price of $ 93,647.19, the DiDia 150 even entered the Guinness Book of Records, because it was the most expensive Kustom Car of its time.

The Bosley Mark II Interstate of 1960 was designed by Richard Bosley. The plastic body is extremely sporty and aerodynamic. In the USA, the first Interstate expressways were opened. Bosley feared that with the increasing speed allowed on the Interstates, the number of accidents is drastically increasing. For this reason, he already installed some advanced safety devices in the Bosley Mark II, which other manufacturers only installed in the serial cars decades later.

The two-wheeled Gyro-X from 1967 presented itself self-balancing. A hydraulic gyroscope holds the vehicle on the two wheels. It should be the most unusual vehicle in the special field. The two-wheeled wedge was designed by Alex Tremulis in 1963. He worked on this project for four years. The Gyro-X reached a top speed of approx. 200 km / h. However, the stability of the curve was a big problem and the concept was quickly turned off.

Another highlight in the class of futuristic visions is the Bugatti T101C Roadster from Virgil Exner with a gorgeous Ghia body. While the standard Bugatti T101 models were still equipped with round bellied bodies, the Exner Bugatti already had a very modern and aerodynamic shape, which in part reminds even of a Kampflieger. The rear even looks like a wing. Ghia needed six months to build the steel body. The Bugatti T101C Virgil Exner Roadster was presented at the Parisian Automobile Salon in 1951, after which it was sold for $ 2,500.

It could be called the predecessor of the DMC DeLorean. The 1969 Pontiac Farago CF 428 was created under the direction of John DeLorean, while he was still Managing Director of the Pontiac Motor Division at Genaral Motors. Paul Farago, designer at Pontiac, drew the wedge-shaped design study. The body was created by Carrozziere Cogglia. The distinct wedge shape influenced many later designs.

In the class of futuristic design studies and custom cars are the following vehicles:
• 1962 Studebaker Zepter Konzept Coupé Brooks Stevens
• 1963 Tex Smith XR6 benutzerdefinierte Roadster
• 1963 Mantaray Dean Jeffries
• 1964 Reaktor
• 1965 Bugatti T101C Roadster Virgil Exner/Carrozzeria Ghia
• 1965 Pontiac Vivant Roadster Kraut Adams
• 1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate Coupe
• 1967 Gyro-X von Alex Tremulis
• 1969 Farago CF 428 Coupe, Paul Farago
• 1960 DiDia 150, built for Bobby Darin