Top 8: Recycled Car Designs – Sin to Throw Away!

1. Audi Quartz Concept (1981) – Alfa Romeo GTV (1994)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

This one may not be as clear as the other examples on this page, but the Audi Quartz Concept certainly foreshadowed the Alfa Romeo GTV. Just look at the shape of the body, the deep line over the sides and the four round headlights. Both models are designed by Pininfarina artist Enrico Fumia. The Quartz Concept was officially not an Audi, but a birthday present from Pininfarina to the Swiss magazine Automobil Revue, which existed for 75 years.

2. Bertone Pirana (1967) – Lamborghini Espada (1968)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

Star designer Marcello Gandini did not design the Bertone Pirana for Jaguar, but for the Daily Telegraph. The editors of the newspaper had put an idea on paper for an ‘ideal car’, which was to debut at the London Motor Show in 1967. Bertone bought the chassis of a Jaguar E-Type and designed a body around it that would later return in an extended form on the Lamborghini Espada. Funny detail: the show car says ‘Piranha’, while the official name is Pirana.

3. BMC 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica (1967) – Citroën CX (1974)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

Ahead, the BMC 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica was not, strictly speaking, reused. Robert Opron – the French design legend who made his name at Citroën – was simply impressed by the British test balloon and made no secret of it. He was inspired by the BMC for the shape of both the Citroën GS and the CX. Did the British themselves do something with the 1800 Berlina Aerodinamica? Yes. If you look closely, you can find some of that in the Rover SD1.

4. Lamborghini P132 (1985) – Cizeta-Moroder V16T (1991)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

In the 1980s, Lamborghini was owned by brothers Jean Claude and Patrick Mimran, under whose leadership a successor to the Countach was started. The P132 prototype – designed by Marcello Gandini – received little appreciation from Chrysler, which took over Lamborghini in 1987. The American company called in its own style department to make the Diablo ’rounder’. Gandini was disappointed and recycled his original for the Cizeta-Moroder V16T.

5. Fiat Lucciola Concept (1993) – Daewoo Matiz (1998)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

The Lucciola Concept was an ode by Italdesign Giugiaro to the Fiat 500 and featured progressive technology. In the front of the study model was a tiny two-cylinder that served as a range extender for the electric powertrain. Fiat didn’t see anything in the Lucciola Concept, so Italdesign Giugiaro went wild with the design. The Korean Daewoo took the plunge and bought the design for the Matiz.

6. Matra P17 Concept (1979) – Renault Espace (1984)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

The original design of the Renault Espace comes from the Briton Fergus Pollock, who was employed by Chrysler UK in the 1970s. The American-British manufacturer wanted to market the MPV as Talbot, but that plan failed when Chrysler Europe was bought by PSA Peugeot Citroën for a symbolic 1 dollar. The French car giant did not like the model and gave the design to Matra, which went to Renault with the P17 Concept. And the rest is history.

7. Volvo Tundra Concept (1979) – Citroën BX (1982)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

Marcello Gandini – there it is again – was commissioned by Volvo to sketch a potential successor for the 340. The Swedish brand thought his creation was too frivolous and thanked it kindly. So when Citroën was in need of a GS successor, Gandini combined his Reliant FW11 Concept (1977) with the Volvo Tundra Concept to create the BX. When the latter went out of production in 1994, its basic design was therefore already fifteen years old.

8. Jaguar Kensington (1990) – Daewoo Leganza (1997)

Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!
Top 8: Recycled Car Designs - Sin to Throw Away!

Would they have made a ‘get two, pay one’ deal with Daewoo at Italdesign Giugiaro? Because this Jaguar Kensington also moved to South Korea and came on the market years later as a slightly smaller Daewoo Leganza, of course with a completely different nose. The story goes that the first Lexus GS – also drawn by Italdesign Giugiaro – is also an evolution of the Kensington.


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