How often do we get the opportunity to have help in imagining a Corvette of the future? Well, certainly, we have reported much speculation on the C7, and we are still hungry for pictures of the real deal. But what if we specifically took a Corvette of the past, and imagined it into the future?
Recently, Amir Iliaifar posted on DigitalTrends.com that: "Former design studio manager at General Motors do Brasil, Nelson Barros, who has had more than 30 years of experience in the auto industry, recently did exactly that, and sent CarBodyDesign some very interesting design sketches. Barros, who worked for GM from 1969 to 2006, created a series of futuristic concept interpretations based on classic cars from the 20th century.
"Using his talent and experience, Barros has given us a glimpse into the future with his concept drawings." The cars Barros chose to revisit were the 1959 Corvette, the Jaguar XK120, the 1950 Studebaker Commander, and the 1973 Ford Maverick. An interesting mix of selections, to say the least.
Amir continues: "Rarely is the future left untouched by the past. This is especially so when it comes to automobiles where brands, makes, and models often carry with them strong former influences and features. It would appear Barros echoes this sentiment. Each design for his future concepts relies heavily on the original models, while injecting a futuristic twist." The Studebaker retains the iconic bullet nose grille for which it is known. The Jaguar features the original’s classic slim grille and stacked “V” shaped lights. The Ford Maverick includes the muscular front end, and imposing yellow and black paint job. Of course, the 1959 Corvette is remembered for its red and white livery and tapered chassis.
"We have to admit we are impressed with Barros’ work. The only model we are admittedly not crazy about is the Ford Maverick ( as it resembles too closely a modern Chevy Camaro). With the one exception, it’s nice to see retirement hasn’t diminished Barro’s talent one bit. While it would be nice to hold out for a real modern recreation of the classic Studebaker, the odds are that it’ll probably never happen."
Very interesting,of course, but really, the return of Studebaker?