The Daewoo Bucrane was a concept which appeared in 1995.
The vehicle was designed for Daewoo by the Italian styling
house Italdesign, and it had plenty going for it.
The Daewoo Bucrane featured a voluptuous coupe profile
which was inspired by cars from the 1960s. It had a long,
low hood, muscular wheel arches, and an unusual curving
which created a distinctive shape for the side windows
and rear section of the car. The bodypanels where made
from both carbon
fiber and steel.
The doors of the Daewoo Bucrane featured an elaborate
two-stage opening mechanism. First the side window and
roof section lifted upwards in a gull-wing manner, then
the door itself was opened just like a normal car. Fancy,
but not very practical.
The roof panels and windows of the Bucrane (except the
windscreen!) could all be removed, effectively turning
the car into a convertible. But thanks to the supporting
pillars which remained, the chassis retained its rigidity.
Powering the Daewoo Bucrane was a front-mounted 3.2 litre
V6 which developed 240 horsepower. Despite its sporting
appearance, power was sent to the front wheels through
a 4-speed automatic transmission.
As an interesting side note. Many people have noticed
how the Maserati
3200 GT shares many styling traits with the Bucrane.
And Italdesign have done work in the past for Maserati.
Could this have been the starting point?
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