Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Louwman Museum at the Hague

Last summer we visited the Louwman Museum at the Hague. It is the biggest car museum in the Netherlands counting around 230 cars. It started in 1934 as a private collection. In 2010 it moved to a new building where it remains now:

Friday, 27 March 2015

LAZ 360E

The LAZ 360E was created in 1970. It was a city bus whose construction was many years ahead of his time! The prototype was a completely low floor bus with a floor height of 360mm! That was achieved using a hybrid drivetrain. The 4 rear wheels were driven by an electic motor, the petrol engine and a generator was put under the drivers seat. And how about the diagonal windows - such construction provides a much stiffer and lighter frame! I could find only 5 photos and 1 drawing of this bus, so I did my best to let it look like the original one. Enjoy:

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Other kind of beauty

They must have another view on aesthetics...

Dongfeng EV1

Monday, 16 March 2015

Trabant P760 - East german avantgarde

Today a really amazing prototype from 1972 from the DDR - the Trabant P760. I did not see such a crazy styling on any cars from that period before:

Friday, 13 March 2015

Lost designs of the Far East


The most known cars of the Eastern Bloc are the stinking Trabants and Wartburgs, the square Skodas and maybe the stremlined Tatras. But much more interesting prototypes have been built there. Today I show you the ones I found most interesting.

DDR

The Trabant P603 - 1964. As you may remember the VW Golf I appeared only in 1974. 10 Years later!

Monday, 9 March 2015

VNIITE Maksi

The VNIITE Maksi is a prototype developed in the far 1967 in the USSR. It has a aircooled engine from the ZAZ 965A at the rear. It had two sliding doors like a Peugoet 1007. The air inlets at the sides and the roof were used for cooling. It has quite a modern apperance for it's time. Not all manufacturers did have prototypes of a small MPV in '67. However only a few prototypes were built, so now we only can enjoy a 3d model: