Photographs I took at the Studebaker show in July 2011.

If you've seen the Muppet Movie, you'll know why these guys are in the back seat.

Henney Kilowatt 1960

Henney Kilowatt 1960

1967 AMC Armitron Experiment Car

1967 AMC Armitron Experiment Car

Batronic Truck

Batronic Truck the "Voltswagon"

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The Mars II

The Mars II

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Advertisement for the Electric Shopper

1941 Lincoln Continental

November 15, 2010

The Lincoln Futura was a concept car designed by the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company in 1955. It was displayed on the auto show circuit in 1955. Futura’s styling was extravagantly impractical even by the standards of the ’50s, with a double, clear-plastic canopy top, exaggerated hooded headlight pods, and very large, outward-canted tailfins at both ends of the vehicle. Nevertheless, the Futura had a complete powertrain and was fully operable in contrast to many show cars then and now. Its original color was white, and was one of the first Pearlescent color treatments, using ground pearl to achieve the paint effect. The Futura was powered by a 368 cubic inch Lincoln engine and powertrain; the chassis was that of a Lincoln Mark II. (wikipedia)

The Futura concept sketch (Image: http://www.theAvanti.com)


The concept car was so popular, it was even created for children in the form of model cars.

1956 Revell Lincoln Futura Model

The original concept car was painted red in 1959 and was featured in the movie “It Started with a Kiss” starring Debbie Reynolds & Glenn Ford. Following the filming of the movie, the car was sold to George Barris for $1. The car was parked in a back Hollywood lot and rusted away for several years before it was used as the inspiration for the original Batmobile in 1966.

The Futura featured in "It Started with a Kiss"

The Futura rusting away in a back lot

The 1966 patent for the original Batmobile based on the Lincoln Futura

The original Batmobile from the Batman television show

Need a Lift?

May 15, 2009

need a lift

Mr. Raymond Loewy

Mr. Raymond Loewy

I found these amazing concept design sketches by industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Mr Loewy is know for his iconic designs such as the Coca-Cola bottle, the GG1 Locomotive, the Studebaker Avanti, and the Lucky Stripe cigarette package (which hasn’t changed since 1942!) I love the loose hand and perspective of these beautiful sketches.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

S1 drawing signed and dated 1937

S1 drawing signed and dated 1937

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

"Preliminary Studies for Studebaker Avanti Automobile." March 22, 1961. American Treasures of the Library of Congress.

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti 1961

Avanti 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Avanti - 1961

Loewy's GG1

Loewy's T1 Locamotive