This is a full-sized Lincoln Continental Coupé, with lineage back to the svelte 1966 and '67 models. It's not a Mark series; that will be somewhat tighter with more dramatic lines and more private rear seating. I lengthened the recent Continental concept by about 8-10 inches in front of the cowl, to give it a proper stance. I also shortened the front overhang about 4 inches changing the front end significantly in just proportion. I also lengthened the rear overhang but left the rear wheels where they were. The roofline has been altered with a more direct touch-down to the trunklid. This is definitely a 3-box design. The wheels have modified centers from the '72 Mark IV complete with octagonal caps. The red cloisonne center caps indicate the EcoBoost V12, one of three powertrains including a full plug-in electric with quad-turbo range-extending V4.
High technology, a world-class drivetrain, superior styling and production quality will all define the new Lincoln.
My revived Eldorado coupe, aimed at Lincoln's new Continental sedan, carries a bespoke powertrain. Its twin-turbo V12 engine is also hybrid assisted and features electronic all-wheel drive. Bluff and blocky, as all safety-laden cars are these days, this Eldo is nonetheless elegant and aerodynamic.
Carving a bit of time recently and resurrecting applications... This is the 1958 Thunderbird Sedan Delivery I wish I could deliver my art in. Porthole windows from the '57 2-seater would have been used in the pillars in the rear for some carryover panache.
Chevy could use a new Kingswood Estate in its Impala lineup.
Cadillac was showing much smaller dreamcars in the Fifties, including a coupe and convertible pair, the La Espada and El Camino from '54. Perhaps they were also mulling over offering the über Brougham as the tight 2+2 featured I illustrated above...
Perhaps my recent Buick Limited's corporate cousin could be this Cadillac RWD sedan. I'm calling it "the flagship" but only because I really can't decide if it's a Fleetwood or an XTS-L. Cadillac is working on such a car right now under the name of LTS but that sounds more like a Chevrolet to me. Anyway, this chop is a relatively basic one. Basically, I pushed and pulled the pixels of the original XTS concept, the Platinum, to make it a long hood/short deck "proper" Cadillac sedan. I also swapped in the new wreathe-less Caddy logo. My jury is still out on the look of the new logo, but it's growing on me. I've seen spyshots of the new "LTS" and it won't be using the rear quarter windows I've included in the door. It seems it will have an extended version of the 6-windowXTS styling. I just hope it doesn't look too "fastback-y." I hope they field a proper 3-box sedan.
Note. I no longer have a computer with Photoshop on it so I'm not going to be able to do any more work like this in the foreseeable future. I will update this blog for awhile with some of my older chops, but I apologize in advance for the lack of any new pieces. Thank you to everyone who checks in here regularly. It's been quite fun to make these for you and to read your comments.
Buick's new flagship could be this Limited, a RWD-based AWD sedan with a long 125" wheelbase comparable to the German LWB sedans. Taking a page from the Lexus salesbook from 1990, this is an S-Class sized car for the price of an E-Class. I'd envision it with a Twin-Turbo V6 in both gas- and diesel-powered versions.
I've become completely fascinated by the huge unit-bodied Lincolns and Continentals of 1958-60. I guess my regular readers can tell, lol. This time I've moved beyond the side profile and attempted a front 3/4 shot. My main "theme" for this angle was to do something with the huge canted headlight pods and the bodysides which appear to flare out at the bottom instead of tucking in.
I eliminated the headlight pods altogether with hidden headlights and I was shocked at how well that look integrated into the '58 body! The grille now simply wraps around slightly, seeming to tuck behind those "pontoon" front fenders in a way many from the Classic period did. The bodysides have been "filled out" and the rocker panels redesigned to tuck under and around the bottom of the car, All of the sheetmetal has been subtly reworked to be fuller with less "indents" everywhere.
I started with a '58 but soon realized with the extended front fender scallops and the reworked roofline it may have been easier to start with the 1960 model, lol.
I finished off with a very '50s two-tone paint job meant to evoke the Classic period as well, with a design that seems to disappear behind the front fenders, too.
This is a serious stab at creating a true follow-up to the gorgeous Mark II of '56 and '57. I've done an earlier version but that one was tongue-in-cheek, here. This version was created with an eye toward full production... Biggest change beyond the new proportions are the restyled rear fenders. I modified the front fender "scallop" motif for these new, shorter rear fenders, tying the side together in a more cohesive way than the way they were. I also kept the rear wheelwells open instead of skirted, to more closely align this III with the II and to keep the car as light appearing as possible. The "T-Bird" style roof with flat, inset rear window would include a powered center section, sliding down behind the rear seat and a small, stainless steel visor powers out from the roof when the backlight is lowered.
That long hood points to the first production postwar V12 in the American luxury class. The lowered body and roofline, as in the '58 Thunderbird, would mean a raised driveline "hump" necessitating a full length console front-to-rear and four bucket seats. Leathers and fabrics would rival the crosstown competition, the '58 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham.
The roof of this example is clad in dark-tinted brushed stainless steel panels which perfectly complements the dusty rose metallic body color. Pink-and-Gray were my college's school colors and I'll consider this an homage to my recently missed 35th Reunion!
Looking at my recent 4-door Jacqueline rendering, here, I wondered what it would look like with the classic V-and-Crest logo used by Cadillac for decades. The Jacqueline's trunklid was bare except for a chromed lock. I used a late 1950s version for the "V" and I liked what it looked like. Then the taillights looked way too plain for anything Bill Mitchell would have approved, so I extended the side chrome spear all the way around the taillights. I tied them together with a very Sixties brushed aluminum trim piece. The painted C-pillars became adorned with pebble-grained leather inserts. I also changed to color to a very elegant peach-tinted silver metalflake, and the interior would have been a combination of that black pebble-grained leather and pleated peach leather or brocade.
I rarely go back and modify one of my renderings but I'm glad I did.
I think Pininfarina was hoping the Jacqueline would be built as the Brougham had been taken away from them. Instead of a coupe if they had done a new sedan maybe they may have scored a new Cadillac to build. If they had used Cadillac logos and nameplates perhaps it would have swayed the powers-that-be enough to be a "Yes."
I really believe Ford's lineup is ready for several more coupes. The cleverly designed RWD Mustang shouldn't be the only one. This Futura pillarless hardtop coupe would be the halo car for the next Fusion lineup. I've used a modified Fusion front clip and added it to a very svelte coupe body modified from a Renault concept of a few years ago. Smoothing it all out, I'd like to see Ford's current Kinetic Design begin to morph into the look here. I like their strong front ends but I think many of the angles and creases can become more sophisticated with more tightly controlled surfaces. The right stance is everything and I'd widen all of them. The grille I've designed places the enlarged Ford Blue Oval in the center of a simplified grille insert, with the specific model badging in a nicely sculpted 3D effect nested on the top grille bar. This front end 1-2-punch of model name and marque ID could be spread throughout the line. It also lowers the visual center of gravity from the top of the hood to the grille, which combined with the wider track and more fully filled wheelhouses, really gives this platform and body a ground hugging stance.
I was born in 1957 and turn 57 today. Special day spent with a sciatica flare up and intestinal distress. Getting old is hell, lol.
It has been a while since I had time to do a brand new chop, but I carved out some time the other night. I've done a new XJ coupe in the past, but it was a long-wheelbase model with a pillarless greenhouse. It was a halo car of sorts, meant to take on the big CL Mercedes coupe (now the S Class coupe). This red XJ coupe is a different type of vehicle. I shortened the wheelbase about 6 inches from the sedan, all behind the front seats for a tighter almost 2+2 interior, although this is still a big car so the +2 in the back is still fairly roomy. I kept the rigid B-pillar for the structure and I estimate the weight savings of this aluminum platform over its larger sedan siblings at about 400 lbs. The overall size of my XJ coupe is just about halfway between the XJ and the XF midsize sedan. This time around I kept the sedan's avant garde black B-pillar trim. I've come to appreciate that odd styling touch.
My earlier XJ coupe, a long wheelbase pillarless top-of-the-line model.
An even earlier attempt to bring back an XJ coupe was this version done before the massively modernized XJ saloon was introduced. I wanted to bring back the elegance of the '70s and '80s big Jag coupe complete with vinyl roof!
I really think an original 300SL Gullwing Touring model, with fitted luggage and a useful rear hatch, would have made a great fit in the Fifties grand touring market. Aerodynamics may have been even better with the smoothly rounded back ending farther back on the body. Supple Italian leather luggage with aluminum fittings securing it in the rear hold is fitted below the shoulder line for a clean appearance and maximum driver visibility.
I chopped this a long time ago but I think it's holding up pretty well : )
Having a difficult time carving out time these days to do new work so I thought I'd do another repost. Bear with me please! Above, one of my earliest chops, 2006, a Bentley Blue Train coupe. Meant to evoke the fabulous Bentley Boys of the early part of the 20th century, my flagship coupe uses retro cues in a modern way. Although the technicality of these two renderings is flawed, I still like the designs quite a bit.
Using a name from Facel-Vega's history, the Excellence is a perfect range-topping sedan. The rear door cutlines extend into the roof creating "ears" like the '67-'71 Thunderbird 4-door for easier entry. I scanned one of my late grandmother's bracelets to use in this "ad" much like Cadillac did in the 1950s, setting the tone for their intended audience. Again, there are many technical flaws with these early works, but I like the design.
My rendering is comical and meant to be, but the idea was an interesting one. I wondered what Cadillac would have had to do if given the edict to offer a "compact" car in 1960. I thought about what the marque would have to give up to meet the size and cost restraints, and how they'd make the best of them.
Shorter, taller body for maximum interior room
Flatter sideglass and backlight but a complicated front windshield would be engineered to keep a strong resemblance to the larger cars
Dual instead of quad headlights
Bodyside argent two-toning, to not only differentiate from the senior models but to camouflage the cheaper-to-produce painted grille insert
Fewer body stampings, no fender skirts
I think a Cadillac version of the '61 Tempest/Special/F85 would have been the more appropriate styling direction, but I knew from the start I wanted this to be a fun rendering. Maybe I'll do a more serious one in the future...
This rendering of a large, über luxurious Lincoln Continental sedan has been viewed more than 5,000 times in the past few weeks. It must have been picked up by a larger website. I thought I'd post it front and center for a few days to make it easier for everyone to find, lol. Actually, this little blog has been picking up lately, with close to 60,000 views just last month. I need to finish a few new cars but it may not be until the weekend. Thanks for checking in!
1970 Lincoln Continental sedan, chopped roof, "fixed" door handles, chrome rocker panel trim added, dog-dish hubcaps with embossed Lincoln "star" created... This very subtle custom would feature the dark gray metallic paint matching the '85 Town Car I drove for years, as would the single red coachst ripe, hand painted of course. The aqua and red trim color scheme derives from Tiffany's Christmas packaging, something the "highbrows" would already know as my Slinkin' Lincoln cruised past them. The interior would feature woven leather strips in aquas, reds, and grays. Blackwalls and painted steel wheels, in this case, custom made 18-inchers, round out my current aesthetic taste!
I did a chop many years ago which I named Slinkin' Lincoln. It was also a '70 Lincoln. I can't find an image to link to right now but it was pretty crude, lol. Probably dates to 2006.
Just a bit of last-minute fun. Hey, everyone repaints their concepts for various shows, lol! This is my Eldorado Biarritz in its new Emerald Firemist livery. Roof cap is textured and polished stainless as before. I hope everyone had a nice St. Patrick's Day!
My 2015 Corvett-E, the hybrid sportscar of the future
Rarely do I try to "improve" or "fix" production cars with my chops. I really just try to bring my own taste to the cars I Photoshop. An exception these days is the new C7 Corvette. Every time I Photoshop one I AM trying to fix it, lol. There are some nice things about it and some ghastly things about it. The problems I see range from the small, ie too many black vents, louvers, and crap, to the large, ie, that rising beltline, rear quarter window and awkwardly shaped rear hatch glass. I still don't care for the taillights either, but I've done several renderings with the proper quad circular units, so I've let that go, lol.
For this latest rendering, I created a plug-in range-extended Corvette coupe, the Corvett-E. Yes, a very powerful Volt-type powertrain for GM's halo sportscar! To that end I was able to delete all but one set of body vents, and I toned down that front venter gash with body color and chrome. Extruded and polished aluminum rocker panels point to the new alloy "tub" used for the batteries. The body is a mix of carbonfiber and aluminum for light weight. Note the "gas cap" has been moved to the front fender, is now a wonderful polished aluminum, and covers the charging unit outlet. Instead of the quad circular taillights I prefer, I've modified the current ones covering them with bright grilles, "hiding" the lights in a very Bill Mitchell-esque way. These fine chromed louvers exactly match the new front fender vent trim.
I recently went through my file of colorized photos and found this series. They're all photographs I shot in 1980 with my trusty Nikon film camera. They were taken at car shows, used car lots, and wherever I found cool cars. Originally colorized a few years ago, some of these images I had limited myself to just two colors. This time I refined all the images with countless shades and colors. I think they're going to be great to print out and then cut up and used in my future wooden pieces. Cut into squares they'll be great parts of some checkerboard paintings I'm working on. Reposting from my other blog: We can all use a dose of color right now!
Instrument panel of the 1959 Edsel. And this was toned-down from 1958!
Postwar Studebaker Starlight coupe.
Postwar Cadillac 75 Formal Sedan trunk logo.
The front fender of the postwar Caddy 75 Formal Sedan.
The front doorstep on the Cadillac 75.
Mid 1950s Mercedes Benz 300 SL trunk lid trim.
Early Thirties Auburn hood ornament. This was a boattail speedster.
Step plate for a mid 1920s Buick.
Hood trim on a 1956 Ford.
1950 Ford coupe.
Very rare Hudson Italia coupe—red, white, green, and blue.
1955-56 Packard senior interior. Note the pushbutton transmission quadrant on the dash.
Early 1930s Packard windshield decal.
1953-54 Studebaker hood with V8 trim piece Beautiful design!
Playing around I placed my Cadillac's loose chrome script on the grille of my Celica. Photo taken in '83.
Clean, rectilinear styling returns with the first domestic full-sized rear wheel-drive Ford sedan of the 21st century. The 1965's square-rigged and futuristic styling is remembered with vertical rectangular light "boxes" front and rear recalling the stacked headlights and vertical taillights of those mid-Sixties Fords. The famous "Galaxie Roof" is reprised with parallelogram-shaped C-pillars and features classic C-pillar ribbed trim, in this case functional venting for the HVAC system. Front end styling would include a low, wide grille connecting vertical "pods" on each end for the LED lighting system. The hood includes a low, wide functional hoodscoop, similar to those on early Sixties Thunderbirds, Farilanes, and Falcons. Rear styling would feature similar pods for the LEDs and a connecting panel reminiscent of the grille shape. A polished aluminum full-length upper body molding is joined by a single hand-painted red coach line from hood to tail lid.
And, yes, that is a genuine fabric-covered roof on this uplevel model. For the 21st century, the waterproof leather-grained fabric is bonded to carbonfiber roof panels and structure eliminating the old "trapped water vs. metal panel" problem. In addition it's lighter and stronger than the standard steel panels and lowers the center of gravity in this very well-handling sedan.
Interior options would span from the standard Galaxie, with multiple hued leathers and fabrics, to a traditional step-up optional LTD package, and a top-end Thunderbird Brougham interior which comes with a special "Thunderbird Special EcoBoost" powertrain. Cars equipped as such are identified by the classic Thunderbird and crossed-flags used on vintage Fairlanes and Galaxies packing the 312 "Thunderbird Special" engine.
Platform will be stretched 6-inches for the next Lincoln Town Car and shortened 6-inches for a new Ford Starliner coupe and Continental Mark IX.
Beginning as a tongue-in-cheek project, I've found changing all the proportions of a 1966 Lincoln Continental 2-door coupe gives us an interesting compact-sized luxury car. I liken it to the handsome British Ford Zephyrs and Zodiaks of the 1960s. Perhaps a Ghia-built coupe based on Lincoln's lines but built on a Zodiak chassis may have looked something like this. I think it looks a bit like those great Lancia and big Fiat coupes of the late Sixties and early Seventies. I added a skyline from Australia, Perth I believe, a likely market for this car had it been offered. If you "squint" I think it has a bit of an early '70s Rolls Royce Camargue look to it.
is killin' me! Model proliferation is out of control: No niche is too
small or too obscure. Recently, BMW removed the coupes—the 2-doors—from
the 3 series and renamed them the 4 series. Henceforth, all 3 coupes are
the new 4s. Fine. Not necessary, but fine. Not that the 3 sedan is
lonely in the showroom. Besides the perennial bestselling sedan, there's
the X3 crossover, a tall 5-door. There's the 3 Gran Turismo, a 5-door
hatchback taller than the sedan but lower than the X.
Don't forget the 3 wagon, another 5-door with a slightly longer roof at
sedan height. The 3 series has one 4-door and three 5-doors. I may be
But just introduced at Geneva? A new 4-door in
the 2-door 4 series, the 4 Gran Coupe. A couple of years ago, BMW came
out with the 6 Gran Coupe, a 4-door 6 series coupe so this follows the
pattern. I'm pretty sure the new 2 series will include a low-roofed
4-door as well, 2 Gran Coupe. Rumored next, the X4 5-door crossover—a
fastback version of the X3 5-door crossover—much as the X6 is basically a
fastback X5. Not to be confused with the 5 Gran Turismo, a 5-door
hatchback taller and frumpier than the 5 series but not as "utiliarian"
as the X5. I may be forgetting one. Or two.
So many 4-doors, so
many 5-doors. Coupes with 2 doors, coupes with 4-doors. Hatchbacks,
crossovers, tall wagons, low wagons. The Ultimate Driving Machine was
best with the least number of models. Concentrate on the important
stuff, BMW! I'd bet the next generation will be reined in depending on
what sticks to Munich's walls this go 'round.
Thanks for listening!
When I wrote the above screed, I didn't realize the "rumored" X4 was so close. It was introduced today at the Geneva show. And yes, it's a fastback, 5-door version of the X3, looking almost exactly like a slightly smaller X6.
I created two X4s in 2011, but I gave them only 3 doors, hoping BMW would give it a unique bodystyle, but they didn't.
Late Exner styling had some great "big picture" features, but I've always found the details strange and overdone. For this chop I started with a basic Fury 4-door sedan. I changed it into a pillarless hardtop sedan, a favorite bodystyle of mine. I've straightened out some body character lines, deleted some odd chrome trim pieces, and changed the "microphone" taillights into subtler horizontal units bisected by chrome strips, almost "nerf" bars in appearance. The biggest change was opening up the rear wheel wells. These changes give the car a lighter look, almost European in some ways. Perhaps Ghia's influence on Exner's styling comes through more with my edits.
Not my first stab at reworking a '61 Fury, I rendered a Fury coupe from the front, here.
Sixty-One, Sixty-Two, Sixty-Three, and Seventy model names Revived
I recently found scans of a 1968 Cadillac brochure at the Old Car Manual Project
website. They're the fairly typical heavily airbrushed renderings,
pointedly out of proportion to make the cars seem even longer than they
were. I thought I could do something with them and soon enough, I was
working on ten "new" additions to the 1968 lineup.
For the type, I kept the advertising agency's original
Futura font for my new type, and kept the same brochure look for all of
these renderings. I used to sit and dream I worked at agencies that
would have made these brochures, like Darren Stevens on Bewitched
did, lol, and by working on these renderings I sort of fulfilled that
childhood dream. I've deleted the "DeVille" name and used a version of
their prewar nomenclature instead. The Series 61 becomes the Sixty-One,
the Series 62, the Sixty-Two, the Series 63, Sixty-Three, and Seventy for
the Fleetwood. There was a late '30s Series 70 with bodies by
Fleetwood, so I'm not just going willy-nilly here, lol!
It was also great
fun creating colors and naming them. Working with color is what I love
the most and even though no one ever knows it, I name the colors I use
in my books to set the tone of if for me. For these Cadillac names, I've used everything from
places I've visited, like Siasconsett, Nantucket, to old Cadillac model names like the Allanté, even my late great
aunt Melba's name. I hope you have as much looking at them as I did imagining and creating them. All images clickable thumbnails to enlarge or save as always.
Above, my "entry level" Sixty-One sport coupe. It's a full size Caddy but uses the GM B-body roofline from that period. I've done a couple of renderings of this idea in the past, and it never fails to look "perfect" to me, lol. For this one, and for most of these renderings, I've also changed the front end. I've kept the grille line completely horizontal, saving the original higher central only on Fleetwood models. I think it looks cleaner and simpler, something Cadillac strove for many times in their history. The blue sedan is my "Sixty-Two Park Avenue" pillarless sedan. It's a "short-deck" design, something Caddy itself did in the early Sixties on a few sedans. The idea was that much of Caddy's buyers were aging, and they most likely had prewar garages, often measuring less than 20 feet long. By making the trunk (rear deck) 6- to 8-inches shorter, the cars were more manageable and fit in those garages. I've seen a few, but they weren't big sellers. In MY alternate reality though, the short-decks proved very popular and I've created a full lineup of them. To compensate for the shorter rear quarters, I've opened up the rear wheelwells on them. Perhaps a younger clientele would have appreciated their looks and slightly smaller mass.
Short decks in both convertible and hardtop coupe models. I've used a more formal roof than the Sixty-One coupe because of the shorter trunklid. I think it's a very pretty and proportional coupe!
I would have added a factory station wagon to the Sixty-Two lineup. I think Cadillac may have gone the "Packard" route and called it the Station Sedan, and the pillarless wagon bodystyle had been gone since 1964, but I think it's a very elegant and cohesive design. No wood would have been offered to keep the car sedan-like and Cadillac-like! The bottom car is a revived Series 63, or Sixty-Three, here. It would have been available only as a 6-window pillared sedan, and would have featured optional "Formal-Tone" two tones in classic combinations. It would have been the final step up before the luxurious Fleetwood Seventy models.
For the top Cadillac, I've brought back a prewar moniker, the Seventy, or Series 70 prewar. I would have made Fleetwood an entire series, with sedans and coupes. The top one shows the "base" Seventy coupe. The windows are large and airy, showing off the top-shelf leather interiors, and a nice cleanly sloped notchback roof. The bottom one shows the ultra luxury model, the Brougham coupe, and features an almost blind rear roof panel, and a heavily padded grained vinyl roof. The interiors would have mirrored the largest Seventy Brougham sedan with adjustable footrests in the rear, fold-down writing tables, and an optional "Car Office" similar to what Imperial offered in '67 and '68. Colors for Fleetwoods would have reflected fine jewelry, and the ads would have used expensive jewelry in a nod to Caddy's fabulous Fifties advertisments.
Finally, I would have added two models to the unique front wheel drive Eldorado: A sleek "Aerodynamic Coupe," using the name of a limited production Depression-era Caddy, and a revived Brougham sedan complete with stainless steel roof and Arpege atomizer like the late Fifties super luxury sedan of the same name. I've added fender skirts to the Eldo's massive wheel openings, and in the sedan, completely eliminated the rear fender kickback for a very, very smooth bodyside. I kept the beltline contour just below the side windows, and trailed it back into the rear quarter panel. As much of an icon this original Eldorado is, I was astounded at how "right" these completely different versions looked if I do say so myself, lol!
My interpretation of a hatchback "Heritage" version of the new Mustang
in an updated Poppy Red. The combination of brushed aluminum lift-off
roof panel and wraparound rear hatch is evocative of the original
Mustang I's "baskethandle." I added dual chrome strakes to the side
coves referencing past models and black rocker panels with bright trim
to visually thin out the body. I understand the designers not wanting to
reprise the faux gas cap in the rear panel, but I'd still lik...e
some sort of circular motif. In this rendering I've included what would
be an iridescent and reflectorized depression centered behind the GT
logo. Under various lighting conditions it would change from virtually
invisible to a chrome-like appearance.
And now that the Camaro is exclusively a notchback, maybe it's time for a Mustang Hatchback to be offered as an alternative.
I made an earlier "Glassback" 'Stang back in 2010, here.