These 7 design icons have become almost completely different

The overall shape and design details of the cars like the original Mazda MX-5 Miata, Porsche 911 and Dodge Viper are so ingrained in our brains, and an integral part of the characters in those cars that it’s hard to imagine any other look. Way

But they almost did. Almost every car arrives on the road after going through a lengthy design process that includes a handful of competing offers to fight it, the winner of which is then honored and fetched before the final sign off. And sometimes those early competitive designs are radically different from the ones we’re all familiar with

Check out these examples of seven well-known car alternative offers and tell us if the automakers made the right choice.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The story of the development of the original NA-code meter began in the early 1980’s when Mazda began investigating the idea of ​​creating a modern version of British sports cars from the 1960’s and 70’s that simply went out of production.

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But the Mazda team worked on three competing proposals: a front-engine and front-wheel drive coupe, a mid-engine coupe (top picture) and a front-engine, rear-wheel drive roadster that was finally chosen, and which became a 1989 production. Car.


Porsche 911

The Porsche 911’s silhouette, side-window graphic, and bug-eyed face are instantly recognizable, just like the Nike Shake, and provide a clear visual link to the 911’s replacement 356 coupe and the Volkswagen Beetle that preceded both.

But looking at Porsche in the early stages of the 911 development in the early 1960s, it looked like it was heading down a slightly different road. The Type 754 T7 proposal had a longer roofline and a 7.9-inch (200mm) larger wheelbase that allowed it to carry four passengers, but the Ferry Porsche emphasized a fastback shape, a redesign and a two-plus-two layout. Forced to come. .


Mercedes 190

In the rush to appreciate the E30 BMW 3-Series BMW we often forget to give some credit to its Mercedes 190 rival, which had a more sophisticated design with its integrated bumper and a narrow nose and tail that cleverly hid the car. Heaps.

 

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Straight lines from nose to tail at waist height were a feature of Mercedes designs from the 1960s to the 1990s, but these images show that Benz was thinking of piercing the theme for a strangely wavy waistline and sloping trunk.


Dodge Viper

The world said hello to the second-generation Viper in 1996, the big news of which came months after its initial release in the form of a Viper GTS coupe with a quiet double-bubble roof, reminiscent of the powerful 1960s Shelby Cobra Detonas.

 

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What we didn’t know then was that a small band of Renegade Chrysler engineers were working on a mid-engine proposition that reintroduced as many existing components as possible to form the basis of the third generation Viper. Decade. The team is alleged to have taken a 50-page report to Chrysler President Bob Lutz and design chief Tom Gayle, who sadly thumbs down the idea and behind it the creative engineers were in the role of metaphorical middle finger.


BMW Mini

 

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Related: BMW’s MINI turns 20 this week, but here’s what it might look like

The Classic Mini was still in production in the mid-1990’s when BMW-owned Rover Group began a serious investigation into how to replace it. From futuristic mono-box cars to ultra-compact city cars and competing teams, it is not clear what the packaging or the car should look like. Which version of the mini will you green-light?


Toyota upstairs

 

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The Mk4 A80-generation Toyota Supras has been attracting some hefty prices in the classic market for the last year or so since the mid-1990s, but if Toyota decides to choose one of these options, would we be willing to spend a hefty sum? Designed for production vehicles?


Bugatti Veron

 

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For the first Bugatti owned by Volkswagen, Walter de Silver skipped the initial concept of “surprised koala” and watered down the form with the C-shaped side intake, which made it the final design of the Veron (bottom), but Chiron is perfect for following it (pictured below). The power has been used.

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