During the initial stages of automobile development, cars were often ridiculed and many thought these things would never work. Such was the level of disregard that the president of the Michigan Savings Bank advised Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., by saying “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.”
This was in 1903, and since then, cars have come a long way. After the initial hiccups, cars began to get widely accepted and slowly became a great business opportunity. It was during this time that some of the greatest cars ever were made, which today are said to be vintage classics. So here are seven modern cars mashed up with their older selves to create some unique cars.
Ford Mustang 2017 Retro Concept
The Ford Mustang became famous because it brought affordable performance to the masses. Among the most iconic muscle car of the world, the picture featured above shows a 2017 Mustang rendered together with the original Pony of the 1960-70s. While we initially had some doubt upon how this cocktail would look like, turns out the result is absolutely perfect. With those vintage lines and modern bits, it sure is an amalgamation Ford could take a look into.
Mercedes AMG GT Retro Concept
The Mercedes Benz AMG GT is considered by many to be among the best sports cars of the modern times that has been made to prioritize function over form. the one seen above has been gelled with the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the original Gullwing car. It was the fastest car of its day and creates a ruckus at any auction it is listed in. The last gullwing door car to be made by the company was the recent SLS AMG which has now been discontinued. The render above, however, is a perfect example of how modern meets retro. Full points, we say.
Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept
Among the greatest British auto brands, Aston Martin has been known for its iconic DB range of grand tourers. Currently, the DB11 holds the DB range baton and has been developed jointly with Mercedes. It can be said that the greatest of all Aston cars is undoubtedly the DB5, which made its debut with James Bond in Goldfinger (1964). The car since then has made a special appearance in a number of Bond movies including the latest Spectre (2015). The render above beautifully marries the DB11 with DB5 to create a timeless piece of art.
Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept
The Ferrari LaFerrari is more than just a car. It is another milestone for the automotive world as well as for Ferrari. Previously, Ferrari made cars that created such uproar were the Enzo and before that, the F40. The above seen render is a mix of the modern LaFerrari along with the F40. The front end including the splitter, headlights and doors are typically LaFerrari stuff while the huge rear wing, rims and rear end are taken from the F40. Holy Ferrari, we say.
Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept
The Bugatti Chiron is the successor of the hugely popular Veyron. With the Chiron, Bugatti maintained the legacy which was indeed tough to match. To let you know, Bugatti is among the oldest and most reputed brands in the history of automobiles but the brand remained dysfunctional for long before Volkswagen finally brought it back to life. The most expensive car to have ever been sold at an auction is made by Bugatti, called the Bugatti Royale. Bugatti cars were of earlier were popular among the wealthy and royals and the render above creates the same aura, which probably the royals of today would take a liking to.
Audi R8 Retro Concept
Among the various things Audi is known for today, the best technology they developed is probably the quattro drive system. It is a remarkable AWD system that gives amazing level of traction while keeping balance on any surface. This allowed Audi to rule the rally circuits around the world during the 1980s in the first Quattro car. The renders above marries the current Audi supercar, aka the R8, with the original Quattro to give us a version of what modern and old Audis would look as one.
Dodge Charger Retro Concept
While Dogde has still not made its foray into India, the typical American brand has produced many classic car models throughout its history. The Dodge Charger was one of its most iconic car, though now it has taken a sharp turn towards the modern and lost much of its muscle car flare. The render above shows how an amalgamation of the classic Dodge Charger Daytona and current generation Charger would look like. Four doors. Practical seats. Timeless appeal. We definitely want this one, badly.