Cars ahead of their time.

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  1. imwjl

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    I will enjoy Jay Leno's YouTube shows and his time with cars ahead of their time. He just did the Chrysler Airflow my dad would often mention when he thought cars such as front drive Eldorado/ Toronado or station wagon version of Pacer wagon were ahead of their times.

    The Airflow is an interesting car to know about if you don't. Jay hits on what my dad would bring up when a not exotic car was way ahead of its time. He was always looking for a good one before his early death. Jay hits on the other advanced aspects my dad would point out.

    Now we clearly have Tesla ahead of their time but I think same for other BEVs. It's running behind schedule but VW's certainly trying again with the ID.3.

    Knowing how we have SUVs, I recall a farm friend who was so in love with her AMC Eagle because she didn't have to drive a pickup as much.

     
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    A couple more for aerodynamics and a few other "ahead of the times" innovations:

    Tucker
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    Hudson Hornet
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    McLaren F1, few others get close. Gordon's new one might be another.



    (apologies for anyone averse to DeMuro, love/hate I know ^^)

     
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    The Yugo. It should have been in the junkyards years before it's time! ;););)
     
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    I saw the movie on this and it looks like he had quite a few good ideas wit the Tucker..

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    Whoops already mentioned but it deserves to be mentioned twice..:cool:
     
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    Who can forget the (Ford) Edsel?
    Apparently, almost everyone.
     
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    DeLorean.

    Especially if it has the flux capacitor option.
     
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    This car released by GM Holden in 1969 was a concept vehicle that inspired Lamborghini to develop their first rear engined supercar. It had a guidance system that used sensors picking up transmitters buried in the road. 250 bhp 4.2 litre V8 plus climate control air conditioning,

    Oil cooled front discs, 4 wheel discs, all independent suspension. Fully digital information. Remember it's when silicon chips were first making an appearance.



    1970 Holden GTR-X Torana. This was fibreglass, 3.3 litre straight six with triple sidedraft carbs.

    165hp, 2200lb Holden was ready to build it. It was quicker and faster than a smogger 350 Corvette GM US said no. They made six prototypes - you can see it's production ready because they're hammering it around the pricing ground. Plus it's got complete interior, dash, locks, inner panels and tilt steering wheel. It still looks fresh and dramatic today.


     
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    My neighbor had one of these when I was a kid:

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    The Corvair truly was ahead of it's time. There was a problem sourcing sufficient aluminum so the cylinder heads were made from iron adding weight to the rear. Also the bias ply tires of the day were simply not suited to the cars requirements

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    In the end the car was not buried by Ralph Nader, it was just too expensive to produce
     
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    BMW isetta moto coupe (front door)

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    The Homer!
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    I lived in the Dominican Republic from 1968-1970 ( US govt brat) and the Principal of the ( American) Elementary school drove a Citroen!
    The roof came off, and it had switches for ' low'rider' hydraulics to lift the car!
     
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    Why this Oldsmobile was ahead of it's time. It was equipped with a 215 cubic inch aluminum V8 and boosted by a turbocharger in 1963
    The concept of a small engine for economy and a turbo for power when needed has beome quite popular today'
    The engine design was later sold to Rover who did quite well with their V8's
     
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