2013 David Obendorfer Fiat 127 concept.
This concept by David Obendorfer proposes a modern interpretation of Pio Manzù's masterpiece, the legendary Fiat 127.
The Fiat 127 was among the first truly innovative cars of the 1970's, conceived with a functional style, clean volumes and simple lines.
With the Fiat 127 concept, David attempts to unite past and future in a proportionally updated car with a design loyally inspired by the model launched in 1971, including high-tech solutions.
The Fiat 127 Concept has substantially different proportions in comparison with the original model. The waistline is higher and the upper part is reduced in height in order to give the car a sleeker line. Besides hosting larger wheels, the fenders are emphasized by tri-dimensional means. The front is the most innovative part sporting such features as the square-shaped grill and the double headlights. The necessity to render the car more streamlined resulted in the lowering of front headlights tilting them backwards, as the lower part confirms the forward inclination of the original model. The lateral and the rear part, despite the more rounded forms and the more curved surfaces, clearly recall the old 127. The particular thing about the taillights is the addition of a kind of frame of bas-relief, "dug" as it were, around the lights. This operation gives the rear a strong personality allowing to achieve a right balance without empty spaces despite the subtle lights.
Even the interior design follows a rational and minimalist line with nostalgic elements lending the dashboard a strong character.
The circular air-vents in the center, the chromed handles and the two-spoke steering wheel design are obvious references to the original model. While, such technological details as the multifunctional touch-screen in the center of the dashboard make one aware of the design's contemporary nature.
(source: David Obendorfer)
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