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Old 06-02-2012, 01:46 PM
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The Ritmo coupe looks very Ital Design.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:28 PM
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Lotus Elan

MG-B
MG-B

Rover SD-1 Estate

Land-Rover LCV2/3

Seat-Suzuki Rose

Lamborghini LM003
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:42 AM
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That Seat/Suzuki project looks interesting............Very similar looking to the Fiat Marea Weekend to be honest. I thought the 'Rose' project was a city car though?
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:22 AM
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The Elan is pretty ghastly. The MGB isn't inspired, but the market--I believe--would welcome an MG or Triumph roadster today.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:29 AM
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That Suzuki/SEAT looks so much like a Marea weekend there has to be some connection
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:45 PM
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Made my own blog on Kinja, which is running Jalopnik and other sites. I will be posting probably all of the pictures in this thread, and maybe some more, along with as much information i can get on them. Stay tuned! Probably one or two cars a day!

http://secretcars.kinja.com/1999-bmw-z5-z29-122204592
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:32 PM
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http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/cars...s-ford-mondeo/
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http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/cars...sign-sketches/

rather extensive story with lot of development pics, and sketches, alternatives designs for the Ford Mondeo/Contour of 1993.

Anyway, one great page with a lot of old sektches and prototypes of other stuff as well....
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:07 PM
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I know AROnline, Mick. It's indeed a great page with lots of information, but i won't post anything of it on my blog i think, because it's mainly really their copyrighted material, and i would feel very sorry to steal their information and pictures and post them on my blog.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:34 PM
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I found the Contour/Mystique to be extremely uninspired and dowdy when they were introduced. Now after seeing the truly ghastly styling mock ups, it's a miracle they came out at least looking presentable. Fascinating read.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:09 AM
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I found the Contour/Mystique to be extremely uninspired and dowdy when they were introduced. Now after seeing the truly ghastly styling mock ups, it's a miracle they came out at least looking presentable. Fascinating read.
I always felt that the Contour/Mondeo were the definition of a compromise vehicle, apparently too many decision comities, executives, market researchers etc. had their influence and varying market demands packed in one car. Most great designs are usually developed by surprisingly small teams under one lead designer, and usually change little from sketch to the final outcome. The sheer number of mock ups shows how uncertain Ford was about the Mondeo. And like with the Escort in the 80ies, ending up with two bland vehicles, looking pretty much the same, but not sharing a single body panel (even the doors of the Mondeo and Contour were different, with Contour's flatter c-pillar, and the sharper crease on the lower molding)

And 20 years ago, tastes and perception of what the size of a family car should be were still much more different across the Atlantic.

Anyway, I also enjoy these "old stories", especially looking back at cars with today's knowledge that were once a huge sensation technically (or at least believed so) when they came out, and I still remember first reviews of them...
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