These classic concepts have been updated by talented artists into modern supercars.
There have been plenty of concept vehicles over the years that we just wish could have been given the green light by their respective manufacturers. It seems like a horrible tease to be shown these shining examples of automotive engineering and then never actually build one that a real person can use.
For most of us mere mortals who can’t afford to eventually purchase these concepts when they’re inevitably sold at auction, we have artists who can reimagine these concepts as though they were actually built.
We’ll start with the 1977 Chevrolet Aerovette. Built from the mid-engine ‘Vette prototypes of famous Corvette engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, The Aerovette had the same mid-engine configuration but had a 6.6-L V8 instead of a smaller Wankel rotary engine.
Unfortunately, the Aerovette came at a time when mid-engine car sales in the US were terrible, while the front-engine Datsun 240Z sports car was selling like hotcakes. Despite initially being approved for production, the Aerovette program was canceled and we never heard from the mid-engine Corvette again. Nope. Never was there ever a mid-engine Corvette.
Next we have the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal. Back in the ‘60s, Lamborghini had the odd desire to build more family-friendly vehicles, and the 4-seater Marzal concept was one of them. It came with a 2.0-L 6-cylinder engine that was actually a 4.0-L V12 cut in half.
You can see the updated Marzal has a body style more in common with a Gallardo. It retains the clear glass gullwing doors but adopts modern LED lights and current-style Lamborghini wheels.
The 1971 Mazda RX500 initially debuted at the 1970 Tokyo Auto Show. The 2-door, mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car had an oddly rear-heavy shape but a sleek design that made it look like an estate car turned into an LMP1 racer.
The modernized version has an even more streamlined shape that shares language more with longtail Lamborghini than Mazda. We can’t fault the look though.
Finally, we end on a 1969 BMW 2800 Spicup. The name Spicup comes from the concept being intended as a split between a Spider and a Coupe, which mostly meant that the middle section of the roof was sheared off.
Modernizing this grand tourer involves the traditional BMW kidney bean grille, larger wheels, a new shaker hood, and LED lighting. But even today, the overall look of the Spicup would probably do well, so the overall shape wasn’t altered all that much.