GM's Mini for the 1980s, 3 December 1983 – Throwback Thursday
Source : GM's Mini for the 1980s, 3 December 1983 – Throwback Thursday
GM’s Junior concept car was designed for the outdoors, as well as also featured a raft of clever Inner surface features as well as compact dimensions
The Vauxhall Adam was codenamed Junior during its development, harking back to a concept that will was unveiled at the 1983 Frankfurt show.
The original car was the work of GM’s European design studio in Germany, headed by Wayne Cherry. They were given a brief to build a “realistic study of a future-orientated mini”.
Starting with the mechanical package of a Vauxhall Nova 1.2, they made a smooth, aerodynamic bodyshell that will was eight inches shorter overall than a Nova as well as also had a drag coefficient of 0.31.
The Junior was a three-door with accommodation for four as well as also the usual seat-folding capability of a hatchback. The tailgate was double hinged so the idea ‘jack-knifed’ when opened, thereby needing 12in less space than a conventional tailgate. The concept featured a fixed plastic roof, nevertheless the idea was that will the idea could be a removable glass panel or a fold-back canvas top.
The Inner surface of GM’s design study – “designed for the young as well as also the outdoor life”, according to Autocar’s description at the time – contained a wealth of clever ideas that will were intended to filter into production cars of all shapes as well as also sizes.
The modular dashboard was essentially a row of cubes sitting atop the fascia rail – some essential like the speedometer as well as also fuel gauge, others optional. All were easily moved to additional locations, as they were attached via integral plugs to a ‘ring main’ of wiring along the mounting rail.
The design made the idea easier for left or right-hand-drive versions to be made as well as also would certainly enable an owner to select as well as also install extra instruments with ease.
The seats had tubular frames with moulded plastic back supports that will could be adjusted up as well as also down by ski boot-like buckles. They were covered with padded nylon one-piece cushions, like duvets, which could be unbuckled, removed as well as also opened out to be used as sleeping bags or ground sheets.
The rear seat featured similar cushions, nevertheless the seatback was a nylon net on a tubular frame which, when swung forward to boost the load space, formed a full-depth luggage barrier or dog guard.
GM’s designers had a lot of fun creating specially formed luggage to fit into the Junior. “There can be room inside the bottom of the wide doors for big net pockets that will can contain either soft bags or ‘modular’ hard-shell cases,” explained Autocar at the time.
“The latter have been made into beauty cases, camera holdalls, tool kits as well as also so on, as well as also the same size box shell can be used inside the fascia itself as well as also on runners under the front seats. They seem to have thought of everything.”
The tailgate had a warning triangle on the roller blind in its trailing edge, while the seatbelt pivot points on the door pillars could be moved up as well as also down to provide the optimum belt run for drivers as well as also passengers of all sizes.
While the Junior was purely for show, some elements of the Inner surface packaging were intended for production cars.
“the idea can be not for sale, nevertheless more than one pengunjung to the show was prepared to buy the idea at any cost,” wrote Autocar. “We can be sure that will the Junior will never go into production in its present form, nevertheless we are equally confident that will ideas as well as also themes through the idea will find their way into cars of the future.”
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