This feels more like a 1984 design. The hidden lights bring to mind an AE86 and the nose shape recalls that and many mid 1980s Japanese compacts and sports cars like the Corolla, Civic, and CRX.
I strongly disagree. Many GT cars in from the late '60s featured pop-up headlights. Maserati Khamsin, Ferrari 400GT, Triumph TR7, Porsche 914. The 70’s was the Golden Age of hidden lights.
The Calypso has lot’s of typical '70s details: chrome trim all around. Around the windows, on the bumpers, detailing the rear lights, everywhere. The bumpers having big rubber inlays for the new for 1974 USA regulations (they must had towithstand any collision without damage up to 5mph.) The mirrors also basic chrome mirrors, in the '70s color-coded plastic mirrors were not isn fashion yet (with some exception like the Porsche 930.)
The B-pillar with the stainless-steel trim and the Fuchs-styled alloy wheels are also typical '70s fashion as the vivid metallic citrus-green color.
The '80s Japanese models you mentioned doesn’t have too much common features with the Calypso apart from the pop-up lights. They have plastic bumpers (color coded or black), under that plastic aero. The trim is usually black plastic as well, in the mid '80s chrome around the windows wasn’t n fashion. Details like mirrors and door handles were more integrated into the body shape, and on most fashionable models theye were color-coded.
I know that the AE86 Corolla is a cult machine for many people but I haven’t had it in mind when I designed the Calypso. The Bitter SC, well, that inspired me more.
Lacking side designs: well, the Victoria could use some more chrome, but I wasn’t in the mood to tinker with it.
The '66 1000 is a cheap compact car, rivals were the NSU Prinz, Renault 8, Simca 1000, Skoda S100 (the last one largely inspired me designing the rear of the Chrysalis 1000.) If you check out those cars they similar in fashion I think. Not too much trim on them.
The van I am willing to excuse because, well, its a van
That’s it Sir! It’s a van. A workhorse.
but the sides of the 1000 and the Victora risk putting me to sleep.
Good night and nice dreams for you.
I am interested to see what you could do if you actually tried to create canon and continuity between your cars.
I’ve written the reasons why I don’t create a canon in the opening post of this thread.
- I’m too lazy for that.
- It would limit my “sandbox” and limit my fun: maybe I’ll be in the mood to design another mid-60s rear engined compact, in the same category like the 1000. Would it be realistic in a car company history? Of course not. And stuff like that. This way I can design cheap compacts, and expensive sports cars, both American and European style. Maybe even Japanese in the future. So no, I’m not planning to create a lore, a canon, sorry man.