If you’re truly a fan of automobiles, flipping through old automotive design sketches can be remarkably entertaining. Seeing how a single vision can evolve over time into a finished product or concept car is fascinating — sometimes, the sketches prove to be prescient, while others bear no resemblance to the end product.
We’ve dug out a few sketches of cars — production and conceptual — for this week’s guessing game. Think you can identify the vehicle shown above? Send your best guesses our way by means of the comments section below.
Did You Name Friday’s Lamborghini?
The Lamborghini may wish to forget its existence, but virtually all of you recognized Friday’s car as the 1987 Lamborghini Portofino concept, which bore more resemblance to a midsize Chrysler than an Italian sports car.
That wasn’t surprising, considering the American automaker owned Lamborghini between 1987 In addition to meddling with the Diablo’s exterior design, stuffing an Italian V-8 into a one-off Daytona, and calling on the folks in Sant’Agata Bolognese to help engineer the Viper’s V-10, Chrysler also leveraged the Lamborghini firm for a four-door concept, which was used mainly to show off the latest brand to fall underneath Mopar’s umbrella.
The Portofino was built largely around a production Jalpa coupe, although the car’s frame was stretched roughly two feet to accommodate a larger back seat and an extra pair of doors. Seeing as the powertrain — a 255-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-8 pulled from a Jalpa — wasn’t out of the ordinary, the only gee-whiz feature were those doors; each was treated to a scissor hinge, allowing it to open like those on the Countach and Diablo.