Dreams and Nightmares–volume four

Here’s MCG’s latest visit to the land of automotive what-if and never-was: volume four of Dreams and Nightmares. 

 

In this newest edition of Dreams and Nightmares, you’ll find these wonders:

+   Styling proposals from the late ’50s in which both Ford and Buick looked into the  future, and it was dorsal fins.

+   Oh, that old chestnut: a mid-engined Corvette prototype.

+   The 1962 Trav-Air X4, redefining the concept of cabin noise.

+   A 1956 Chrysler clay study that foreshadows the passenger minivan concept.

+   The 1959 Ghia Selene, a design that goes nowhere yet still seems vital and vibrant.

+   A well-known 1955 concept shown in the true natural habitat of the Detroit dream car—on the back of a flatbed truck.

+   A 1974 Mustang proposal that probably would have killed the ponycar forever.

And more. Do you have a favorite? A non-favorite? Please feel free to register your approval or non-approval in the reply section. Check out all the winners and losers in the slide show below.

 

1967 Ford XL Interceptor
1962 Trav-Air X-4
1973 Corvette XP-895 mid-engine prototype
1959 Ghia Selene
1956 Chrysler van study
1989 Pontiac Stinger clay model
1953 Pontiac Parisienne Motorama Dream Car
1971 Plymouth Satellite study Feb. 1968
1968 Dodge Daroo I
1955 Lincoln Futura cockpit
1959 Cadillac Cyclone
1959 Buick Limited May 1957 center fin
1937 Lancia Aprilia aerodynamica coupe
1961 Ford Thunderbird proposal
1962 Plymouth Super Sport proposal
1956 Rambler convertible concept rendering
1977 Pontiac Phantom
1999 Ford 021c Concept
1955 Mercury Beldone D-528
1994 Dodge Venom Concept
1966 AMC AMX Vignale under construction
1959 Curtiss-Wright aircar
1974 Mustang proposal 1970
1934 Edsel Speedster at Ford Estate
1962 Chrysler Typhoon Turbine Concept
1960 Nu-Klea electric car
1940 Buick prototype August 1938
1960 Cadillac four-door convertible
1955 Lincoln Futura on truck
1945 Kaiser-Frazer prototype
1955 Padkard Predictor in studio
1965 Mustang clay model dated 8-16-62
1956 General Motors XP500

1967 Ford XL Interceptor

1962 Trav-Air X-4

1973 Corvette XP-895 mid-engine prototype

1959 Ghia Selene

1956 Chrysler van study

1989 Pontiac Stinger clay model

1953 Pontiac Parisienne Motorama Dream Car

1971 Plymouth Satellite study Feb. 1968

1968 Dodge Daroo I

1955 Lincoln Futura cockpit

1959 Cadillac Cyclone

1959 Buick Limited May 1957 center fin

1937 Lancia Aprilia aerodynamica coupe

1961 Ford Thunderbird proposal

1962 Plymouth Super Sport proposal

1956 Rambler convertible concept rendering

1977 Pontiac Phantom

1999 Ford 021c Concept

1955 Mercury Beldone D-528

1994 Dodge Venom Concept

1966 AMC AMX Vignale under construction

1959 Curtiss-Wright aircar

1974 Mustang proposal 1970

1934 Edsel Speedster at Ford Estate

1962 Chrysler Typhoon Turbine Concept

1960 Nu-Klea electric car

1940 Buick prototype August 1938

1960 Cadillac four-door convertible

1955 Lincoln Futura on truck

1945 Kaiser-Frazer prototype

1955 Padkard Predictor in studio

1965 Mustang clay model dated 8-16-62

1956 General Motors XP500

9 thoughts on “Dreams and Nightmares–volume four

  1. There may be something wrong with me, as I like many of these concepts. If they had sold that Pontiac Phantom as an Eldorado they would have had a big hit with it. I think you could sell that car today.

    The 1974 Mustang proposal looks a lot like the Australian 1978 Ford Falcon XC Cobra to me. http://www.lastinterceptor.com/sale/13/.
    Sure, they’re not identical; the fender skirts definitely have to go. But it’s a concept. In my opinion, that Falcon is the best looking Ford to come out of the musclecar era.

    The Trav-Air X-4 is a stupid idea and the Curtiss-Wright air car has the fans blowing in the wrong direction.

    • I always appreciate your insights. To my eye, the Mustang resembles the 1970 Torino as well.

  2. What is that model thinking (Cadillac Cyclone) – mine may not be a big, but they won’t kill you if I run into you …

    Some great cars here, but a lot of second-raters too.

    Thanks mac.

  3. Edsel’s Speedster. Hands down, the best example in that batch, and a real car, not a clay model or a push-mobile. Thanks Bill.

    • I love the setting of the photo — near the front gate at the Edsel Ford estate, site of the Eyes on Design car show coming up on Fathers’ Day in a few weeks. (PLUG!)

      So… question: Do you like the car better in its initial form as shown here, or as it was redesigned a few years later and as it exists today, with a rather different nose? Controversial issue.

  4. In the pic of the AMX prototype under construction at Vignale in Turin Italy my grandpa Chuck Mashigan is the man standing in front of the car with his camera in hand. He was Director of Advanced Styling at AMC and was responsible for the design of the AMX. AMC sent him to Turin to supervise the construction of the car personally.

    Also interesting to see some of his earlier work in the form of the Typhoon which became the Turbine car. That car was done while he was working in the Chrysler design studios. It was actually based off of a rendering he did while at his previous employer Ford, while working in the Thunderbird design studio.

    • Justin, thank you very much for the additional info on your grandfather. There’s always room for him at MCG.

    • Yes…and no. Pininfarina designed the ’59 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, but how much influence the italian company had on the GM Styling Studio or the rest of the GM lineup is hard to say. Neither Harley Earl nor Bill Mitchell were prone to admitting they followed anyone. Do you see influences? Would like to hear your thoughts.

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