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  1. Harley Earl's vision for American cars was "longer, lower, wider". Dream cars, idea cars, concept cars- most were never built, but exist as drawings, renderings, and paintings, with a few major exceptions. The Buick Y job, the Phantom Corsair, as well as customs by Harry Westergaard and the Barris brothers all come instantly to mind. Modelwise, Ted Chopper Lear's customs as well as Doug Whyte's 53 Studebaker are great examples of concept cars. The egg crate grille- initially I had no idea for how to fabricate something like this, but after some thought I felt styrene structural shapes glued together might just work. I found possible shapes to use- here are pictures of the beginning of what might just work. In addition, I created a profile for the grille center from laminated styrene sheets. At the Hoosier model club show I came across a junk airplane fuselage as well as some 40 Ford hoods- now I got ideas for shapes and how to create the front prow, rear boat tail, and side contours! A junker 61 T-bird body gathering dust suddenly became a starting point. I also swapped for some additional junk airplanes to use for more shapes and patch pieces. Wheels and tires, a steering wheel, dash parts, and two possible bucket seat donors- one from an early Corvette, the others from a Bugatti royale- and things came together even more. Now- what about an engine? At this point, I don't know if this project will be curbside styling excersise or a more detailed version. I was thinking of creating a dual overhead cam V-16 from two blocks and some top end parts. OK, fellow modelers, what do you think?
  2. Some time show car concept car ideas do make it to the show room floor : http://auto.howstuffworks.com/10-concept-car-success-stories.htm
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