15 Groovy Vehicle Designs from the 70s (shag carpet not included)

15 Groovy Vehicle Designs from the 70s (shag carpet not included)

– [Glen] The vehicles
of the 70s came in many unique styles, some were
crazy, some were fun, and some were made to shape the vehicle
production of the future. I’m Glen and today we’re bringing you 15 crazy vehicles from the 70s. – [Narrator] Number 15. – [Glen] The Volkswagon
Thing was manufactured in the Unites States from 1973 to 1974. Originally developed for
the West German Army, the Type 181 was also sold to the public under different model
names from 1968 until 1980 when the last models were
made for civilian use. This Type 181 is a four door,
two wheel drive convertible powered by a 1.5 or 1.6 liter engine with a four speed manual transmission. It had a curb weight of
1,984 pounds, a load capacity of 970 pounds, and a top speed
around 70 miles per hour. – [Narrator] Number 14. – [Glen] The Lancia Stratos
Zero was first shown to the public at the
Tern Motor Show in 1970, preceding the Lancia Stratos
HF Prototype by 12 months. The futuristic automobile was
design by Marcello Gandini, head designer at Bertone,
with a wedge shaped body painted in a distinctive orange color. It’s unusually short in
length at just under 12 feet, and low in height at
just under three feet. The Zero was exhibited in the company’s museum for many years, and appeared in Michael Jackson’s 1988 film Moonwalker. In 2011, it was sold during an auction in Italy for 915,000 dollars. – [Narrator] Number 13. – [Glen] The Stutz Blackhawk prototype was completed in 1969
and made its debut at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on January
20, 1970 in New York City. The first production cars were then manufactured as 1971 models. The series one Blackhawk
body was constructed entirely by hand and fitted
with an expensive leather and wood interior while sharing many parts with multiple Maserati
models, which were also being manufactured by the
company at the same time. Elvis Presley bought the
first car sold by the new Stutz company, and a host of
other Hollywood personalities soon followed, although Frank
Sinatra was supposedly upset that Elvis got the first one, and so he never bought one for himself. – [Narrator] Number 12. – [Glen] The Vamos was a
leisure vehicle produced by Honda from 1970 to
1973 that borrowed the rugged appearance, small
size, and removable top of popular European beach vehicles. It was powered by a 354 CC,
two cylinder gasoline engine and had an open cabin design
with water and dust proof instrumentation, and was available with the option of a removable car seat. Due to a lack of four wheel
drive, it wasn’t exceedingly popular, and Honda only sold
around 2,500 of these vehicles. – [Narrator] Number 11. – [Glen] Marketed as a shaggin’
wagon, and aimed at men, the Holden Sandman was
a panel van that was first built in 1974 offering
three different models. With sun and fun in
mind, lots of panel vans were being customized at the time. The HQ was based on the
entry level Belmont and built in limited volume from
January to September in 1974, while the HJ was a full
conversion, with the Sandman model adapted from either the
Belmont or the Kingswood. It seems likely that no
more than 100 were produced, mostly equipped with the optional
253 cubic inch V8 engine. – [Narrator] Number 10. – [Glen] The Brubaker Box was a custom vehicle built on a VW Beetle chassis. It was designed by
Curtis Brubaker, a member of GM’s advanced research group who also helped create the iconic Learjet. The Box’s dash controls
are located on the driver’s left side panel along with
the radio, while up front there’s a large area between
the dash board and the driver’s seat that can
be used for storage. This four foot five inch
high car only had one sliding door on the passenger
side with a rear lounge area that includes an ottoman
that houses the gas tank. Around 50 of these cars were made and sold for about 4,000 dollars each. – [Narrator] Number nine. – [Glen] Built on the
Cadillac El Dorado chassis, the 1978 Tag function car
and mobile executive suite never caught on among
the business elite class and ended up being a huge failure. Measuring 23 and a half feet long, the Tag stood out in the crowd for having a comfortable vast interior and six wheels. It weighed in a three tons and was powered by a massive 8.2 liter V8 engine. In the end, only 23 sold out
of the 25 that were produced. – [Narrator] Number eight. – [Glen] Bruce Baldwin Mohs
liked to build things big. The Safari car was his
most significant success. The massive vehicle measured
seven and a half feet wide with a wheel base of almost 10 feet. Features included doors that
slide out on rods to open, a retractable roof with
hydraulic lifts, and an aluminum body covered in Naugahyde. Currently, one of these cars is valued at around 67,500 dollars. – [Narrator] Number seven. – [Glen] Produced from 1974
to 1976, the Zagato Zele was an electric micro car
that was ahead of its time. The fiber glass bodied
vehicle was offered in three models with an assortment of seven colors. The Zele had a length
of seven feet, a width of four and a half feet, and
a height just over five feet with a curb weight around 1,100 pounds. Society wasn’t as taken
with this one, with an approximate production
run around 500 units. – [Narrator] Number six. – [Glen] It turns out, Briggs and Stratton didn’t just make lawn mower engines. They also produced a
gasoline electric hybrid car with the help of design
engineer Brooks Stevens, who is also credited with designing the famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. The car came on a six
wheeled chassis that was borrowed from Canadian based
Marathon electric vehicles and used a four speed gear box
with an 18 horsepower engine to accelerate up to
about 50 miles per hour. Purely in electric mode,
the car could travel from 31 to 62 miles, while the car’s range was about 200 miles in hybrid mode. The 450 pound battery pack could be easily disconnected, extended
and replaced with another since it was installed on a separate axis. – [Narrator] Number five. – [Glen] Based on Ford’s
European Taunus Sport, the Megastar Two was first
shown at the International Motor Show in Geneva,
Switzerland, was equipped with a two liter, four
cylinder engine, independent front and rear suspension,
four speed manual transmission, and aluminum road wheels. Built on a 10 and a half foot wheel base, this was not a production
car, and was made to demonstrate future
ideas for Ford vehicles. – [Narrator] Number four. – [Glen] The Daihatsu BCX3
was an electric concept developed in 1973, came with
an eight piece battery array that could give the car
a top speed of 50 miles per hour with a range up to 50 miles. This two door prototype
had a length of 13 feet, a width just over five feet,
and a weight of 2,200 pounds. – [Narrator] Number three. – [Glen] In the 1970’s the idea of a concept car was a little different. They showcased a new style
direction for a brand that would be used by the entire company. That’s why the Ford Trident,
a car that never made it to production, was initially created. The Trident featured a
three piece nose with the center section sticking out. Production versions of
the 1971 Mercury Cyclone and the 1971 Ford Thunderbird were direct descendants of this concept. – [Narrator] Number two. – [Glen] The Evinrude Rooney
Lakester was a beach buggy and boat combo that first appeared at the San Francisco Boat Show in 1970. The bright orange 14
foot long fiberglass boat could be driven up right on the water and attached to a buggy
shell waiting at the landing. Called a boaterized dune buggy, it had an Evinrude 50 horsepower outboard motor that powered both the
boat and the dune buggy. – [Narrator] Number one. – [Glen] One of the most
unusual Porsche’s ever produced, the Tapiro, was based on the Porsche 914 and debuted at the 1970 Tern Motor Show. The concept came with a
five speed manual gear box, a mid-mounted flat six
engine with 220 horsepower, rear wheel drive, independent suspension, and a seagull wing
opening for the doors and the rear panels of the engine compartment. The fully functional
prototype had an official top speed of 152 miles
per hour, unfortunately the vehicle didn’t
survive through the years as it was destroyed in a fire
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100 thoughts on “15 Groovy Vehicle Designs from the 70s (shag carpet not included)

  1. What made most of these vehicles "groovy" was the interiors which you barely showed! Like one or two vehicles had the Interiors shown.

  2. you notice on number 14 that bad ass wedge looking car they don't tell you it's got a lawn mower motor in it😂😂👍

  3. The kubelwagen was a German staff car during WWII. The " Thing " das Ding was an attempt to cover up that Wehrmacht used it in WWII. Since Ferry Porsche designed the " volkswagen " the peoples car VW and a devoted follower of the NSDAP the Nazi party and Hitler himself and designed all of Hitlers war machines even up to the King Tiger, he had a hand in developing the V-1 known as the Buzz Bomb. The kubelwagen was probably designed by Ferry himself. Sorry Porsche owners and VW owners; that is the awful truth. Ja, ich Deutsche lesen.

  4. 10:00. When i see a car like this one, i think seventies was best years to be an engineer. Computers only for distraction. Pure talent.

  5. I saw the VW Thing on a car lot in Sherman, Texas back in the summer of 1973. It was yellow and had no side windows. I asked the salesman how much, he told it was about $3,000.

  6. And by groovy you mean ugly? I love unique, but most of these cars are outright terrible looking. I can only figure they drive even worse, and do not get me started on reliability

  7. Also that one car with the gull wing doors looks more like lambos espada an not a porsche 914. 1 reason is a 914 is a quarter in size comparison to that specific car. An the espada could seat 8 people. It was produced from 72 through 75. My best friends dad had a 72 an a collector in Chattanooga tennessee has one from 75. Both are huge. An i had a porsche 914 with a 911 boxter engine in it. That lil banger clanger was literally a quarter the size of that dayum espada.

  8. For god's sake, it's not "heads-up display"; it's "Head Up Display", meaning your head stays up while viewing vehicle information. How hard is that to understand?

  9. DON'T EVER KNOCK the Sandman Panelvan…….without it, 70% of Australian's alive today under 30 wouldn't exist. THEIR parents were more than likely conceived in the back of one. I remember mine fondly, it had a 308 stroker with mouse on top, and a 6000 rpm stall convertor out to a mini spool. Best fun under the sun in that thing….and driving it was fun too. Expensive, but fun. Good thing our fuel was still only 38c per litre when I owned her.


    Those designs are so homely. They're so bad, they destroy your sense of well-being.

    Awful, awful junk. That one from Ford with the huge nose sticking out – my god.

    I'd fire the entire team of all of them except the wedge-shaped Porsche.

    None of the designers are welcome at any family gatherings, their wives divorced them and kicked them in the bauls for destroying the family reputation. "I can't believe you'd even show that car design to your boss" type of deal


  11. 5:01 #9 is my favourite. TAG Mobile and executive suite. Too bad it failed, would have been great to see some driving around.
    4:16 #10 Brubaker Box is second place.

  12. The vehicle number 9 is extremely utilitarian because it's not wasting the space in front of the front row
    if the design would have developed today we would have amazing vehicles

  13. Engine swap the Tag Function car with a more modern engine and remodel the back you could easily make that into a really nice mobile home for one.

  14. The Sandman was the epitome of 70s lifestyle in Australia.

    Usually there’d be a Conan the Barbarian painted on the hood or on the side, flanked by half naked women.

    Ahhh, the 70s…

  15. Wrong on the numbers and years of the Holden Sandman. They made thousands of 'em, from 1971 (HQ) to 1978 (HZ). I know, I'm Australian and so was it (and I had one).

  16. minute 9:58 that is Mexico City the place is the sports palace "palacio de los deportes" and looks so beautifull, what a times !!!

  17. The first VW saw use in WW II and the first VW was produced for the war effeort only, thou about 335,000 citizens where owner through their party savings but as they where told, they could only get their car after Germany's final victory,

  18. not sure wat this vid was advertising.. but the driving and production were RAwRsome i wish i could drive that good.. i need a job!1 heir me! i has a BS in marketing!

  19. Seagull wing opening, you mean gull wing, nobody calls them seagull doors even if gull is short for seagull, gull wing doors is the correct term, you can quite clearly tell the narrator know nothing about cars

  20. 4:00 …no no … they were made right up to the end of the 70's they were very common … so a LOT more than 100 were made … and 308cu inch (5litre) was the bigger motor

  21. no one with a M power badge cares about the speed limit or fucking fuel consumption, maybe try to market that to prius owners

  22. that single mums annoying voice doing the countdown!!!! and them ugly single mum rats at the end..yuk plus all that makeup🤮🤮

  23. didnt the 'pink panther' roll up in something like the lancia stratos zero? young lad would come up in a car that looked like this and the panther would get out from wherever

  24. So I threw her out I don't fool around with no Oscar Meyer Weiner . You must be sure the girl is pure for the funky cold medina. When even after 30 years when I hear Oscar Meyer this song is the first hing that pops in my head lol.

  25. Notice how the extreme futuristic cars of the 70's, approaching 50 years now, are more futuristic than the futuristic designs of today? We have actually regressed in that sense. Automotive designers can not design anything like that today because they are forbidden to produce it by law.

  26. You missed the Chevrolet Astro 1. Similar size to the Lancia Stratos Zero, but curvier and with seats that rise up with the rear canopy so you could get in and out more elegantly. It just get in and out if you're over 50?

  27. "The Thing" has never been produced in the united states. it was build in mexico and indomasia between 1983 and 1980, . sorry guys… for the mistake…

     And originaly was it the copy of porsches "kübelwagen produced for hitler in the second war.

    interesting information: the original beetle was a copy of the tatra v 570…

  28. I was compelled to subscribe.
    Excellent content and presentation did the trick.
    Let's hope you keep standards high – and keep 'em comin.'
    I see so much Syd Mead in some of these.
    I grew up with Syd's vision of the future.
    Rock On,

  29. I remember wondering whether this was that terrible channel that keeps getting easy details wrong, then I heard you start with the Volkswagen Type 181 (aka "The Thing"). "Manufactured in the United States," NO. Just no.

  30. I'm so glad they didn't design people of 70's as bad as they designed cars. Or would all be wareing plaid shirts, flattop hair cuts, and smoking pipes. GF1 😖🥴😖🥴😖🥴😖🥴😖🥴😁😁😎

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