Video: Unconventional Orientation: Porsche Cars As You've Never Seen Them
We usually think of Porsches as sporty, bulky-eyed and very expensive. But this was not always the case. Look at these cars: it's almost impossible to identify a Porsche in each of them.
Porsche Type 155 (1942)
Any schoolchild knows: Ferdinand Porsche not only created mass-market cars, such as, for example, the VW Beetle, but also invented weapons of quite a mass destruction, if one counts the Elefant self-propelled gun during the Great Patriotic War as such. And in this photo you see, let's say, an intermediate version of the creativity of the brilliant designer - the Wehrmacht half-track conveyor Porsche Type 155. In fact, this is the chassis of the Kübelwagen - another military vehicle designed by Porsche - supplemented by a rear tracked bogie. In total, four experimental prototypes were built, but the hybrid of an SUV and an armored personnel carrier did not go into production. Perhaps it is for the best …
Studebaker Z-87 (1952)
When, at the turn of the 50s, Porsche was struggling to make ends meet, generous Americans very well fell into the hands of German engineers. Suddenly deciding to embarrass money, the firm Studebaker from Indiana ordered an engineering bureau in Zuffenhausen to develop a compact (by American standards, of course) model. The sedan from the Germans turned out to be high-tech, advanced and moderately cute. But when the project was ready, it turned out that he was not in a position to launch it into the Studebaker series: the once prosperous company was rushing at full speed to inevitable death. It is good that the Yankees had already paid in full for the engineering work of Porsche by that time.
Porsche Type 597 Jagdwagen (1954)
The tender for the honorary and lucrative title of the new Bundeswehr SUV in post-war Germany aroused interest from three companies. In addition to Porsche, DKW and Borgward presented their projects. Technologically, "Yagdvagen" was two heads higher than its rivals - there is even nothing to argue about. The all-wheel drive 597 easily took 65 percent climbs, accelerated to 100 km / h on a good road, and also knew how to swim! But the technical advancement also had a downside: the Porsche prototype turned out to be the most expensive. We can say, head and shoulders above all competitors. As a result, the contract of the German military went to a simple two-stroke DKW Munga.
Porsche 218 Diesel (1958)
If you call the Porsche technical support service and try to order, say, a wheel rim for a model 218, then the bewildered young lady on the wire will probably clarify: "You probably meant the model 918, sir." But the Porsche 218 also existed. Only it was not just a car, but a tractor! Red with yellow wheels and diesel aerodynamic hood.
Porsche 911 by Bertone (1966)
Are you surprised? Yes, yes, this is also a 911 … Bertone designers envisioned the look of a classic German roadster just like that. Remaining extremely politically correct, we can say that the Italians got a pretty interesting image. But let's not fool ourselves: just in the example of the 911 roadster from Bertone, you understand why Italians should not be allowed to design the German classic.
Porsche Tapiro (1970)
Seriously?! Porsche with gullwing doors? Uh-huh! And here again there was an Italian trace. This time the chassis of the "democratic sports car" Porsche 914 undertook to ennoble the maestro Giorgetto Giugiaro personally. Perhaps that is why in the chopped lines and slightly chiselled profile of the Tapiro there is a clear resemblance to the DeTomaso Mangusta coupe, also created by Giorgetto? In a word, not the best work of a genius.
Porsche FL (1973)
The first half of the 70s was a difficult time for the global automotive industry. Fuel crises, falling demand for expensive and sports models … And the very prospects of the car as such suddenly became extremely fuzzy. It was at this time that the Porsche design bureau unveiled the FL concept car, a look at, shall we say, the long-lasting car of the future.A low-powered 75-horsepower engine, a stainless steel chassis and other curious gadgets such as contactless ignition made it possible to create a car with an estimated service life of at least 25 years. What a blessing that this concept ended up being of no use to anyone.
Porsche's involvement in the creation of the G8 is a matter of general knowledge. But did you know that the Germans were actively selling the VAZ-2103 restyling project to the Soviet comrades? It turned out here such a slightly lurid square-practical. There are no regrets at all that he was politely but resolutely rejected by the Soviet side.
Porsche B-32 (1983)
To a simple question, "Did minibuses were made in Zuffenhausen?" there is an equally simple answer: "Yes, of course!". The Porsche B-32 was originally built as a fast vehicle for the factory rally team. Simply put, they took the "Porsche" boxer boxer and shoved it into the practical interior of the Volkswagen T3. It turned out so quickly and capaciously that the Germans even made several crazy vans to order for private clients.
Porsche С88 (1995)
It is now impossible not to reckon with the Chinese auto industry, but three decades ago, on the contrary, it could not be taken seriously. In the early 90s, Porsche responded to a large-scale tender from the Chinese government to develop a mass budget car. Two eights in the name of the model does not at all mean the year of the prototype creation - just the number eight is considered lucky in China. Well, the double eight, they thought in Zuffenhausen, will bring success even more. Yeah, right now … The Chinese studied the design of the C88 with interest, thanked the Germans sincerely and … in the end, they decided not to announce the winner at all. And after a while, home-grown models began to appear on the Chinese market, many of the features and solutions of which were suspiciously reminiscent of the Porsche C88.
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