Today sees the first post of a new feature on the FM blog: Design Detail. It's a feature that takes a look back at designs that stick out as being interesting, imaginative, and mostly just plain cool.
With the Ed a long time auto designer by trade, it made sense to give an extra design twist to the site, whilst keeping things pre-1975-ish which is generally our cut off time for material, with some exceptions that you'll know about if you're a regular reader of the magazine.
The material for the section will mostly be coming from the superb KARZnSHIT blog by fellow auto designer Flavien Dachet. If you don't know of it already, I have a feeling that it may well be slipping in to your bookmarks right now. Flavien sure knows how to find the good stuff, and that's exactly why we've got him onboard.
What better way to kick things of that with the insane Dodge Deora concept? Over to you, Flavien..
Half concept-car, half custom, the Dodge Deora was designed by former GM designer Harry Bentley Bradley for the famous car customizers the Alexander brothers who wanted to build a radical pick-up.
Seduced by Bradley's drawings, Chrysler agreed to provide a stripped down A100 truck.
The final design shares almost nothing with the original donor car. It is very sleek and integrated with no shutlines.
To actually get passengers inside, Bradley proposed a complex rotating front-opening hatch built using a chopped rear window from a 1960 Ford station wagon.
Other Ford parts were also used around the car such as the rear window from a ford sedan, or the side vents, actually bezels from a mustang taillight, and taillights from a thunderbird. Chrysler didn't notice a thing.
Presented at the 1967 Detroit Autorama, the Deora won nine awards and became one of the sweet 16 in the original 1968 Hot Wheels range.