Concept Cars 1930-2010 | Out of many awesome concept cars that were produced during the last 80 years we picked five outstanding ones: the 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo, the 1938 Phantom Corsair, the 1947 Bentley Mark IV, the 1951 Buick Le Sabre and the 2004 Audi RSQ. Let’s start with the oldest of them – the Isotta Fraschini Tipo …
Concept Car No. 1 | Let’s start with the Isolla Fraschine Tipo. In 1930 (22 years after Ford introduced the first mass produced Model T to Americas middle-class) good cars still used to be handcrafted. The Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Roadster is a sparkling example for excellent craftsmanship. This cabriolet model was first shown at the Commodore Hotel in New York City and created such a sensation that ten more, all nicknamed Commodore, were built. The one on our photo – with its body by Castagna of Milan – was the original concept car. “We haven’t sold one of these in, maybe, 20 years,” said Craig Jackson from the U.S. american vintage car seller Barrett-Jackson.
Concept Car No. 2 | The 1938 Phantom Corsair, Built by Rust Heinz, it was supposed to be a Californian supercar, but only had several vehicles like it in existance. It felt behind expectations and never entered mass productioin. But it seems as if people in the late 1930s just were not ready yet for this revolutionary concept. The futuristic and aerodynamic design inspired developers of the Citroen DS (1955-1975). In 1999 this Citroen DS ended up 3rd in the competition “Car of the Century”. A success Citroen in large parts owes to the 1938 Phantom Corsair.
Concept Car No. 2 | The 1946 Bentley Mark IV was Rollce Royce’ first all-steel coachwork. Retailed for £4,038 including sales tax, the Bentley Mark IV could easily be found at £5,335 on the British used car market in the 1950s. Production of this beauty did finally stop in 1955.
Concept Car No. 4 | The 1951 Buick Le Sabre was the brainchild of General Motors Art Department head Harley Earl. He wanted to incorporate the look of modern jet fighter aircraft into automotive design. Although this did not really happen, trimmed-down version of Le Sabre became one of GM’s biggest selling cars in company history.
Concept Car No. 5: 2004 Audi RSQ = I Robot :) No car demolition is complete without a little science fiction. Batman, Speed Racer, Mad Max all know that. But some cars in Sci-Fi movies are actually real. In “I Robot”, German car maker Audi introduced a sick and stylish concept car. The Audi RSQ is smart and sleek in design, and it perfectly fits the eternally cool Will Smith. In 2004 the name “Audi” was already a well-established synonymous standing for speed and progress. “I Robot” did boost that image even further. Our hero isn’t on the German autobahn, still he sure does drive like he is, and that car is freaking smooth. Too bad it took such a beating. The concept car was specifically designed for the film, and Audi also provided stock cars for the chase scenes. This was the first time the automaker had built a car specifically for a movie, and although we won’t be buying this car any time soon, it sure did its job by bringing plenty of attention to the brand.