The Forgotten Concept Cars of the 80’s (Part 1)

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The Forgotten Concept Cars of the (Part 1)

Welcome to the latest of The Forgotten Concept Cars of the Here, you’ll find a of photos of concept cars the same year that are forgotten. Legendary concept are not included. Part 1 contains of concept cars from to 1983. Go right here for 2, which contains photos of cars from 1984 to and 1989. Enjoy!


Aston Martin Bulldog it was planned to go into limited but Aston Martin scrapped the At 110cm (3.6ft) tall, it was the car Aston Martin has ever It was later sold to an American, who had a taste in colours, for $215,000 The owner painted the exterior and replaced the black interior a tan one. That’s right, car with tan interior. * gags *

Aston Martin Bulldog with the doors opened.

BMW Futuro Concept by B B; it was designed and as a testbed to test BMW’s new that were later on the BMW 7-Series and S-Series motorcycles. is my son’s favourite because automatically pick a motorcycle a car.

1980 Briggs and Gasoline Electric Hybrid it was designed by Brooks Stevens and by Briggs and Stratton. This is happens when a washing motor manufacturer gets Hilariously, it had over 450kg worth of batteries in the back, is why it needed 4 wheels in the back.

Chevrolet Corvette Duntov Concept by ACI (American Custom it was basically a heavily customised Corvette C3 with a turbocharger. It was a gift for the Father of Corvettes, Arkus Duntov, when he from his position as a Corvette at GM.

1980 Citroen BX Prototype; its counterpart didn’t have and it went into production two later.

1980 Citroën Concept; it had the famous 3-seat like the McLaren F1. It was inspired by 1978 Lancia Stratos Concept. If you can’t tell, the car had a body and windows.

1980 Pinin Concept by Pininfarina; the 4-door Ferrari. it was based on favourite Ferrari of all time, the Enzo Ferrari himself the car to go into production, but thankfully it did.

1980 Fiat 4×4 Offroader Concept by

1980 Fiat Panda Strip Concept by ItalDesign

Fiat Ritmo Cabrio by Bertone; it later evolved the cabriolet version of the Fiat which went into two years later.

1980 Altair Concept by Ghia; it was on a Ford Granada. It later into the Ford Scorpio, went into production in

1980 Ford Pockar by Ghia; it was a Fiesta-based rolling to experiment with the space There are actually three on both sides: one in the back and one in the that is horizontally cut in half. The top opens normally like a car and the bottom half opens a tailgate to access the luggage Amazingly, it can seat four comfort.

1980 Ford II Concept by Ghia; it was the only concept car that looked… .

1980 GM Epcot 2003 it was a rolling sculpture to experiment low-drag aerodynamics. Oddly, it was at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena, Florida, Hilariously, one of the magazine ads for GM featured the 2003 with a caption reads, We’re the best GM but the car never went into

1980 Lamborghini Athon by Bertone; the Lamborghini Egoista of the It was basically a Lamborghini Silhouette an Italian coachwork. If Lamborghini had financial trouble at that the Athon would’ve gone production.

1980 Lancia Concept by ItalDesign; it was based on a Beta. It later grew a butt and evolved into the Prisma, which went production two years later.

Lotus Eminence Concept; it was on a Lotus Eclat. It later into the Lotus Excel, went into production two later.

1980 Mercedes-Benz T1 Elektroantrieb (En: Electric Concept (electric vehicle)

Rolls Royce Camargue by Sbarro; the wickedest custom Royce of all time. It was based on a Royce of the same name the Sbarro part.

1980 VCC Concept Car) Concept; it was based on a Volvo 240. It was evolved into the Volvo which went into two years later.

1980 Polo Concept by Colani; you thought present day Volkswagens are Better bland than uh, thing . It was based on a Volkswagen of the name minus the Colani

1980 Volkswagon ARVW Research Volkswagen) Concept; designed and built the car from the to experiment with aerodynamics and economy. It was the fastest diesel-powered car at time and it reached 367km/h


1981 AC Ghia by Ghia; it was based on an AC 300ME. downscaled the car a little to make it a sports car.

1981 Forschungsauto (En: Research Concept; it was Audi’s first car that was designed and built It was an experimental vehicle to study efficiency that was based on a generation Audi 100.

Audi Quartz Concept by it was based on an Audi Quattro. Pininfarina and Audi teamed up to and hand over the Quartz to a magazine Automobil Revueas for its anniversary. It was one of the earliest cars to use fibre.

1981 BMC Moke like its production counterpart, it was on a BMC Mini Cooper. There’s no on it, but my best guess is that it was the Moke to have plastic I know what you’re and I agree, it’s hideous.

BMW M2 Concept by Colani; it was basically a BMW M1 E26 was suffering from two rare and diseases called Colanitis and Ihatestraightlinesitis .

1981 Citroen Concept by Cogglola; it was a rolling that represented Citroen’s for the year 2000. Citroen the project at the concept stage. because, like many Citroen thought the Earth explode once it turns years old. Just

1981 Fiat Abarth SE 037 it later evolved into the 037, which went limited production a year to meet the homologation requirement to in the Group B rally.

1981 Fiat VSS Concept by it was based on a Fiat Ritmo. The car’s body was put together only 9 plastic panels to the curb weight. Fiat the project at the concept stage and back to using normal panels. The VSS abbreviation is unknown.

Ford Avant Garde by Ghia; there isn’t information on it other than the and a few photos.

1981 Ford III Concept by Ghia

1981 Shuttler Concept by Ghia; it was a Ford Fiesta with a Italian coachwork.

1981 GM X Concept; GM was trying to increase the efficiency by reducing the curb They used a wraparound and ditched the mouldings that had no functioning value. Despite a design with liquified it had a very little improvement in economy. Oh, and yes, that’s SAAB Aero X Concept got its from. GM has been recycling old names for years, so it’s new.

1981 Lamborghini Prototype; it later evolved the Lamborghini LM002, which into limited production in It was unveiled along with the Jalpa. Predictably, the Jalpa got the attention.

1981 Lola Prototype by Michelotti; it was based on a T70. Giovanni Michelotti away during on the project, and his Edgardo, took over and it.

1981 Mazda MX-81 Concept by Bertone; it was a sporty coupe that was based on a 323. Unfortunately, Mazda Mazda, they had no intention of it into production.

1981 Auto 2000 Concept; a Jalopnik article with you need to know about car. Go right here to it.

1981 Opel Tech 1 there’s not much information on it than the name and a few photos.

Peugeot 305 Rallye V6 Prototype #1; the Peugeot 305 Group B rally car never was. My son mocked it by Daddy, that car looks a Matchbox.

1981 Peugeot 305 V6 Prototype #2

1981 Renault GTA Concept by Heuliez; it was based on a Alpine A310. It later into the Renault Alpine which went into in 1986.

1981 Toyota Concept; there’s not much on it other than the name and a few Update: a commenter suggested it later evolved into the Camry Liftback, which into production later year.

1981 Volkswagen 2000 Concept; it was an experimental to study fuel efficiency was based on a Volkswagen Golf. It had a I3 engine with a fuel of 3.9L/100km (60mpg) with a top of 145km/h (90mph).

1981 Sonic Concept; Nick and the owner of Wolfrace Wheels, Treacy, designed and built functional, street legal car. Other than six wheels, it had two Rover V8 engines and two transmissions. Unfortunately, it was so unreliable to the it required a week woth of every time the car moved. It is what car it was based on, but it’s the chassis was custom made to fit two V8 engines. For a non-motorccle vehicle, is my son’s favourite.


Alfa Romeo Sprint 6C the only V6-powered, mid-engine Romeo Sprint in existence. If Romeo never had financial at that time, the Sprint 6C gone into limited to meet the homologation requirement to in the Group B rally.

1982 Alfa Romeo Svar Concept; there much information on it other the name and a few photos. My best is that it was an Alfasud-based testbed to with the aerodynamics for an improved efficiency. It was probably later into the Alfa Romeo 33, went into production a later.

1982 Chrysler Concept; there’s not much on it other than the name and a few I don’t think it was the predecessor to the Stealth because it looked like it.

1982 Citroen BX Concept; the Citroen BX coupe never was.

1982 Turbo Charger Concept; little is known about it. It was at the 1982 Indy Car World as a pace car. A commenter an amazing story on this car. Go right here to it.

1982 Ford Brezza by Ghia; it was basically a Ford with an Italian coachwork.

Ford Cockpit Concept by it was the most fuel efficient vehicle of 1982 that a fuel economy of 3.15 (75mpg). Unfortunately, due to its tiny 9kW engine, Ford scrapped the at the concept stage knowing it sell well.

1982 Cockpit Concept by Ghia; the canopy door opened.

Ford Probe IV Concept by

1982 General Dynamics Prototype #1; it didn’t evolve the High Mobility Multipurpose Vehicle or Humvee. American developed and produced the Humvee, not Dynamics.

1982 General XM998 Prototype #2

1982 GM Machine Concept; the super efficient motorcycle-powered motorcycle-like that points and laughs at fuel efficient cars. two examples were built, one a 11kW (15hp) two-cylinder and another with a 27kW two-cylinder engine. The 11kW had a top speed of 130km/h (80mph) a fuel economy of 2.94L/100km The 27kW model’s top speed is but it had a fuel economy of 1.18L/100km It weighed only 159kg It actually had the leaning capability a motorcycle. It was featured in the 1993 Demolition Man along with the GM Ultralite Concept. In 1993, a toy car called Hot Wheels put a 1:64 version of the Lean Machine production.

1982 GM TPC (Two-Person Concept; the Ford Taurus Car of the 80’s. Everything on this car was out for improved aerodynamics. How smoothed you ask? The side mirrors are the car with front door ballooned outwards. At 475kg it was the lightest car GM has ever built. The numbers are unknown.

1982 Countach LP5000S Fuel Prototype; it was the first Lamborghini to the fuel injection technology. It got the 4.8L V12 engine that it was to get when the production started in It later evolved into the Countach LP500S, which into limited production that year. Only 323 LP500S’s were built the Countach 5000QV replaced it two later.

1982 Lamborghini LP5000S Fuel Injection the engine.

1982 Lamborghini LMA002 the Lamborghini LM002’s latest It’s good to see a Lamborghini SUV got dirty for the photos, unlike the Urus.

1982 Lamborghini Polo Concept by Italdesign; it was a sculpture with a Lamborghini It was built for the aerodynamic research.

Lancia Olgiata Concept by the three-door Lancia Gamma that never was. It was on a Lancia Gamma Coupe.

Lancia Orca Concept by the car. It was the first car to have wheel mounted controls. it was widely criticised by the public for too pointless. ItalDesign paid attention to the interior ergonomics the design of the car. It was based on a Gamma

1982 Lancia Concept by Italdesign; the steering mounted controls. Daddy, look like MM’s. The car get fat and holes in its teeth! my son commented.

Mercedes-Benz NAFA (De: Na fa hrzeug, En: Short Distance Concept; it inspired the development of the city cars (Smart and Unfortunately, the project was scrapped at the stage because it failed to the strict safety standards. At (8ft) long, it was the shortest car has ever built.

1982 Corsa Spider Concept; the Corsa roadster that was. Despite the popularity it Opel didn’t bother it into production. Its production was a hatchback and a sedan, and they into production later year.

1982 Renault 5 II PPG Indy Pace Car Concept; the generation Renault 5 Turbo never was.

1982 Fuego Cabriolet Concept by the cabriolet version of the Fuego never was. It was based on a Fuego coupe, which into production earlier year.

1982 Renault Twelve Concept by Sbarro; it was powered by two Kawasaki 6-cylinder engines. It can reach 160km/h from a standing start in 8 seconds. It was based on a Renault 5

1982 Trabant 601 WE-II there’s not much information than the name and a few photos. It was a now-dead Deutsche Demokratische automaker.

1982 Volkswagen TR Prototype; the T-top version of the that never was. It had the fate as the Pontiac G8 ST. Test were on the streets, tools at were made and prepared, were crash tested and and then nada.


Alfa Romeo Delfino Dolphin) Concept by Bertone; it was on an Alfa Romeo Alfa 6.

Alfa Romeo Zeta Sei by Zagato; it was based on an Alfa GTV6. Sadly, it never into limited production.

Austin-Rover MG Metro 6R4 ( 6- cylinder, R 4- wheel drive) Group B Car Prototype; its production counterpart in limited production in 1985 to the homologation requirement to participate in the B rally just a year it was banned. Only 205 examples built.

1983 Buick Concept; the most futuristic on this post. It crammed advanced technology in a single car as navigation system, auto-tint automatic aerodynamics (when it 40km/h (25mph), the nose is and the rear spoiler is raised for an fuel economy), rear camera, and so on. It is unknown what car it was on. GM being GM, the plans were but some of the technology appeared on vehicles.

1983 Chevrolet Corvette it later evolved into the Corvette C4, which went production later that

1983 Fiat Ritmo Concept by Pininfarina; the coupe of the Ritmo that never It was based on a Fiat of the same minus the Pininfarina part

Ford Barchetta Concept by it was basically a Ford Fiesta an Italian coachwork.

1983 Trio Concept by Ghia; it was an functional motorcycle-powered experimental to experiment with the space in terms of seating arrangements. The were arranged like an (one in front, two in middle, and one in It was the first Ford to have CVT Variable Transmission).

1983 GAZ RAF Prototype; Soviet Union’s Continental hearse knockoff.

Jeep CJ-7 Renegado it was basically a Jeep CJ-7 the Renegade package.

1983 Continental Concept 100 Concept; it was attempt to complete against the Buick Questor Concept the same year. Interestingly, it had sensors in the front and rear that were completely For reasons unknown, Ford the most useful technology for years after that It was based on a seventh generation Continental.

1983 Lincoln Concept by Ghia; it was based on an AC It was expected to fetch at least USD at the Auctions America in Florida, It was sold for an Earth-shattering price of USD when it went up for grabs year. It was probably the cheapest Ghia concept car ever at an auction.

1983 Mazda Le Concept by Colani; the Mazda predecessor that never Very little is known it. Mazda teamed up with Luigi Colani to develop a new race car for for the Le mans. It had a four-chamber engine that produced kW (1,400hp). Unfortunately, it failed to the race regulations and Mazda was to abandon it. Mazda resurrected the few years later and developed the Wankel-powered Le mans race that were later as the Mazda 787 and 787B.

If you’re no, that’s not Alien. a Hot Wheels car was based on the real car of the same It was designed by a different stylist IAD.

1983 Mazda Concept; it was the first concept to a HUD (Heads-Up Display). It also had a steering system that is at speeds slower than (25mph) for an improved stability and handling. It is unknown what car it was on.

1983 Nissan NX-21 it was based on a Nissan Pulsar Its design cues and lines on three future Nissan 350Z, Pulsar, and NX.

1983 Corsa Sprint Group B it was a Group B rally car that was. It was based on a first Opel Corsa hatchback. developing the prototype, Opel to participate in Group A instead. Its counterpart went into production two years later the name of Opel Corsa Only 500 examples were to meet the homologation requirement.

Opel Junior Concept; it was a camper in the size of a compact It had seat covers that can be as sleeping bags. How cozy! it failed to meet the safety and Opel scrapped the project. the project was resurrected for the Opel which wasn’t as camp-happy as the

1983 Porsche 959 Group B its production counterpart was part of the requirement to qualify in the race in the B rally and it went into production three years

1983 Renault Gabbiano by ItalDesign; it was based on a Renault 18. It evolved into the Renault 21, went into production years later.

1983 Grafit Concept; there much information on it other the name and a few photos.

1983 FX-1 Concept; it was the first car to a digital dashboard using CRT Sorry, Lexus LFA, you the first. There isn’t any about the slide-out seat is shown in the photo. My best is that it was Toyota’s attempt to normal car doors to improve the for an improved fuel economy.

Toyota SV-3 Concept; the Japanese mid-engine consumer It later evolved into the MR2, which went production a year later. Did you that MR2 was shortened to MR in France? to some sources, MR2 sounded a French profanity word merdeux, which means is s****y.

1983 Toyota Concept; very little is about it. It was an open top truck the famous three-seat arragement the McLaren F1. It is unknown what car it was on it, but it definitely didn’t go into

1983 Volkswagen Student it was an affordable car for pissed uni students who on student loans without that they’ll be paying back for many years becoming incredibly poor. Type 1 was still in production at time, so they didn’t see a in replacing it and scrapped the project. Type 1’s production 3 years later.

1983 Golf Turbo Concept by it was designed for a perverted Swiss who likes it when a car’s is raised to expose its private Bizarrely, it was powered by a H6 engine a Porsche 911.

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Volvo LCP (Light Component 2000 Concept; it was probably the dangerous project on this It had four 3-cylinder engine of different materials including and pure magnesium, a metal is highly flammable when One of the engines can run on sunflower oil. The and other components were of different materials in order to weight.

1983 Zender 1S Concept; very little is about it. It was based on an Audi It was from a now-dead Deutsch

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