One of my best friends growing up was Gene, who lived several houses down the street from me. We shared a lot of common interests, and one of those interests was cars! In fact, we both liked to draw cars, but our tastes were (and are) slightly different–I was drawing cars from the ’50s, and Gene favored more contemporary designs with a European flavor.
We recently went through his book of design sketches, which span 1982-86 approximately. These were intended by Gene to be actual proposals for real cars. In some cases, he made up new makes of cars that had a distinctive personality. In my opinion, some of these designs were better than what was actually produced by the major automakers. ’80s car designs tended to be bland and lacked charisma, but some of Gene’s sketches have a high-tech, futuristic look, while others synthesize modern design with retro elements.
Now, in 2019, this 35-year-old sketchbook is an historical artifact of its time. So let’s see what a teenager came up with back in those days: