Throwback Thursday – GM's Mini for the 1980s, 3 December 1983
Source : Throwback Thursday – GM's Mini for the 1980s, 3 December 1983
GM’s Junior concept car was designed for the outdoors, in addition to also featured a raft of clever Inside features as well as compact dimensions
The Vauxhall Adam was codenamed Junior during its development, harking back to a concept of which 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 studyof a future-orientated mini”.
Starting with the mechanical package of a Vauxhall Nova 1.2, they made a smooth, aerodynamic bodyshell of which was eight inches shorter overall than a Nova in addition to also had a drag coefficient of 0.31.
The Junior was a three-door with accommodation for four in addition to also the usual seat-folding capability of a hatchback. The tailgate was double hinged so of which ‘jack-knifed’ when opened, thereby needing 12in less space than a conventional tailgate. The concept featured a fixed plastic roof, however the idea was of which of which could be a removable glass panel or a fold-back canvas top.
The Inside of GM’s design study – “designed for the young in addition to also the outdoor life”, according to Autocar’s description at the time – contained a wealth of clever ideas of which were intended to filter into production cars of all shapes in addition to also sizes.
The modular dashboard was essentially a row of cubes sitting atop the fascia rail – some essential like the speedometer in addition to also fuel gauge, others optional. All were easily moved to different locations, as they were attached via integral plugs to a ‘ring main’ of wiring along the mounting rail.
The design made of which easier for left or right-hand-drive versions to be made in addition to also would likely enable an owner to select in addition to also install extra instruments with ease.
The seats had tubular frames with moulded plastic back supports of which could be adjusted up in addition to also down by ski boot-like buckles. They were covered with padded nylon one-piece cushions, like duvets, which could be unbuckled, removed in addition to also opened out to be used as sleeping bags or ground sheets.
The rear seat featured similar cushions, however the seatback was a nylon net on a tubular frame which, when swung forward to enhance 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 will be room inside bottom of the wide doors for big net pockets of which 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 in addition to also so on, in addition to also the same size box shell can be used inside fascia itself in addition to 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 in addition to also down to provide the optimum belt run for drivers in addition to also passengers of all sizes.
While the Junior was purely for show, some elements of the Inside packaging were intended for production cars.
“of which will be not for sale, however more than one pengunjung to the show was prepared to buy of which at any cost,” wrote Autocar. “We can be sure of which the Junior will never go into production in its present form, however we are equally confident of which ideas in addition to also themes coming from of which will find their way into cars of the future.”
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