1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Concept by Carrozzeria Boano Torino
The question of where to take Lincoln’s styling was top-of-mind for Ford during the mid-1950s, and the net it cast was to both the internal styling teams and one special dream car creator of Italy. Turbulent times for all the Blue Oval brands followed the market flop of their Edsel series, and Chevrolet was lighting up newsprint and auto shows with their swanky Motorama events and the original Corvette-concept of 1953.
The desire for miraculous styling direction and stunning concept cars led to all the non-GM American car brands to pair off with Italian styling houses. During this flurry of deals, Ghia signed up with Chrysler, Bertone for Packard and Carrozerria Touring with Hudson. Lincoln went with a less-renowned name of Felice Paolo to dress a rolling chassis with bespoke coupe bodywork ahead of the Turin motor show. The orange lacquer paint was barely dry on the 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study by Carrozzeria Boano Torino when it was rolled onto the rotating platform of the Turin auto show.
This stunning concept car hit the auction block quite often in recent years. It changed hands in 2006, it failed to sell in 2013, and it found a new owner in 2015. Come 2019, and the Lincoln Indianapolis is set to go under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on August 15 to 17.
8 Forgotten Concepts That Should Have Made it to Production
Concept cars are often the result of an automaker’s desire to showcase possibilities. Very rarely, though, do these possibilities translate to reality. Some concepts get used as springboards for future production models. Some get used as blueprints for future technologies. But more often than not, a lot of concept cars get sent back to the shadows, never to be heard from again. It’s a shame because the concept cars on this list didn’t deserve that fates they received. These concepts should’ve been turned into production models. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, none of them did, and all we’re left with our thoughts of what could’ve been.
Basketball Star Stephen Curry Is Now Designing Cars...Sort Of
Just because you’re one of the best in the world at hitting threes in the NBA, that doesn’t mean you automatically become a good, even decent, car designer. Stephen Curry is living proof of that. The two-time NBA MVP, who also happens to be a brand ambassador for Infiniti, “designed” this concept monstrosity known as the Infiniti QXzero Concept. It’s an ugly concept, and that’s putting it lightly. The good news is that this isn’t an actual showpiece Infiniti; it’s part of an elaborate prank that Curry and Infiniti pulled on one of the MVP’s best friends, COSeezy. So while it is a bit of a relief to learn that Curry’s automotive design chops weren’t at all compromised by this horrendous three-wheeled showcase of ugliness, the QXzero Concept is still a reminder to all of us that just because there’s a “concept” designation attached to it, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be any good, even if it’s all part of an elaborate jig.
2019 Lexus GXOR Concept
Toyota has produced many vehicles over the year that are synonymous with off-roading. But, that’s not the case with the automaker’s premium brand, Lexus. Despite having butch, muscular SUVs in the stable, owners never used it for off-road adventures, nor did Lexus bother to market them that way. However, the company found out that owners have been customizing their SUVs to make them off-road friendly, and the results are quite impressive. Seeing that Lexus SUVs have the potential to fill that craving, the automaker decided to give the folks what they wanted. The result, you ask? A
based off-roader, dubbed as the Lexus GXOR.
The Electric Ford-150 Can Tow Some Serious Weight
Have you heard about the heavyweight lifting competition going on in the truck segment? Until last year, the Super Duty and Heavy Duty trucks from Ford, Ram, and Chevy were leading the way by towing in the ballpark of 35,000 pounds. However, the wonder boy, Elon Musk, swatted these figures by announcing on Twitter that the upcoming Tesla pickup truck will be able to tow 300,000 pounds. This, obviously, sent everyone into a frenzy because such a figure was unheard of. But, it looks like this hurt Ford’s ego and the company released a video of its upcoming Ford F-150 electric pickup truck and its towing capability. The latest creation from Ford can tow more than one million pounds! Yes, you read that right. How’s that spank, Tesla?
Bentley EXP 100 GT Quirks and Features
Celebrating 100th anniversary from the birth of the company, Bentley revealed an astonishing EXP 100 GT. A massive grand tourer with Lamborghini-like scissor doors pack the electric drivetrain, yet unseen technology, incredible luxury features, and the most astounding creature comforts we have seen in a car. Ever!
The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents the ultra-posh Grand Tourer conceived for the year 2035. I feel that Bentley crafted it as an answer to the Rolls-Royce Vision 100 Concept. So, before you discard it as one more thing that will never happen, I have to tell you that it can drive by itself, it can mimic the surroundings by managing ambient inside the cabin, and it is fast!
I present to you the most incredible facts and features about the new Bentley EXP 100 GT.
Bentley previews its future with the EXP 100 GT Concept
This is perhaps the best birthday celebration we have seen in recent times. The general trend on any birthday is to go back in time and celebrate the most iconic moments from history. But instead, Bentley decided to give us peek into its future on its 100th birthday. What is it, you ask? It’s what the company’s future looks like and where it sees itself in the next 15 years. Bentley unveiled the EXP 100 GT concept in Crewe, England, to commemorate the milestone. If this is what the future looks like, we are in safe hands.
VW’s Type 20 Concept Is a T2 Transporter From The Future
With Dieselgate still not entirely in the rearview mirror, Volkswagen is focusing its efforts more than ever and perhaps, more than any carmaker, on electrification. You might have noticed how right after the diesel scandal broke out, Volkswagen’s marketing and PR machine responded. Grandiose plans to build and sell electric cars by the millions were sketched, together with the promise that every compact car, supermini, sedan or SUV would eventually find a BEV counterpart. Volkswagen’s plans are still rolling today, but it’s not necessarily the upcoming ID3 that gets the headline here. No, not even close. It’s a T2 Transporter bus VW has just restored with an electric twist. Meet the Volkswagen Type 20 concept, a glimpse at what the future of e-restomods might look like but also an exercise in fancy cabin tech like facial recognition and holographic multimedia setups.
James Glickenhaus’ One-Off Ferrari Modulo Catches Fire, Damage Could Have Been a Lot Worse
James Glickenhaus’ one-off Ferrari Modulo sustained some damage recently after a certain section of the car caught fire while it was being driven around in Monaco last week. Fortunately, the fire didn’t engulf the entire car after Glickenhaus triggered the onboard fire suppression system shortly after flames started to appear from the car’s muffler. The system was able to extinguish the fire quickly, but not after the car’s rear end, including parts of the decklid, suffered a fair amount of damage. It’s hard to imagine a world without the one-off Ferrari Modulo concept so it’s a good thing that the damage caused by the fire isn’t bad enough that it can’t be replaced. Sucks for the company that supplied the muffler, though. Glickenhaus ended all association with the company after the incident, and, frankly speaking, we can’t blame him.
The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Will Host AirSpeeder - A Futuristic Airborne Motorsport You Didn’t Realize You Needed
For decades, we’ve been promised that the roads and highways of the world will become obsolete and that four-wheeled transport will follow suit as flying contraptions replace personal cars, buses, trucks, and the rest of the motorized repertoire. We’ve seen them in science-fiction movies and many wannabe visionaries tried to create flying cars that could also be usable on the road. Most of these attempts have failed for one reason or another but now there’s something new and it’s coming to Goodwood FoS: AirSpeeder, a new form of motorsport that proposes an unlikely recipe for success and reminds us of Podracing.
"Let’s take the monocoque of a ’60s Formula 1 car and attach to it four oversized drone propellers. Then let’s get people to jump on board these devil-may-care creations and let them race around a pre-defined track", said no one ever. Right? Well, actually, wrong. Someone did think of all that and, what is more, made it a soon-to-materialize reality in the form of AirSpeeder. These flying machines that can reach speeds in excess of 124 mph can accelerate faster than many brisk road cars and are touted as a form of motorsport that will carry us into the future. We’ve seen purpose-built racing drones surpassing 100 mph in flight before but the AirSpeeders are something else and a manned version (most tests conducted thus far featured remote-controlled versions) will be part of an exhibition at the Goodwood FoS this weekend.
Lotus Wants to Raise the Roof at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Lotus is coming to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a massive amount of cars. Not only it will display its current range of Elise, Exige, and Evora models, but it will also show the new Evora GT4 Concept race car and a vintage Type 25 Formula One car. On top of that, it will send eight different cars up the Goodwood hill climb.
Bentley Will Honor Its 100th Birthday With the Futuristic EXP 100 GT
Bentley’s 100th anniversary comes to a head on July 10, the day the automaker marked as its official birthday. While we can count on songs to be sung and cakes to be blown, Bentley’s also using its birthday to preview its future, specifically the automaker’s vision for the next 100 years. That vision is called EXP 100 GT. Ok, so it isn’t a presentation or a blueprint of what we can expect from Bentley in the next century. It’s a concept vehicle that is, according to the automaker, a “showcase of sustainability and innovation, engineered to create a greater awareness of the world outside.”
Vague as that description is, it does point to the likelihood that the EXP 100 GT will be presented as a futuristic electric car that exudes Bentley’s flair for the opulent and meticulous attention to detail. Beyond that, the Bentley EXP 100 GT remains a mystery, as it should considering its importance in shaping Bentley’s next 100 years as one of the world’s premier luxury automakers. The Bentley EXP 100 GT debuts on July 10 in the U.K. at 4 P.M. British Standard Time. That’s about 11 A.M. EST in our area of the world.