Pagani Zonda 1983 Concept
1980s Pagani Zonda? The Pagani
Zonda is the model which established the upstart Italian supercar
manufacturer as a serious producer of high-end exotica. Development
of the car began in the mid-nineties and it was introduced in production
form in 1999, with production ending in 2011. Along the way numerous
special edition versions of the Zonda were built, each rarer than
the one before.
The Zonda's successor, the Huayra,
is far more futuristic and modern than the analogue-era Zonda. And
normally that's the way it goes. Concept designers usually follow
the same rule too, making their concepts, more high-tech and advanced
than the car the car they intend to replace.
However Turkish designer Oguz Spiahioglu has turned that idea on its
head. Instead creating a Pagani Zonda for the 1980s, complete with
eye-searing aspirational posters and leotard wearing models with big
This is a time where Countachs
and 911 Turbos were being wrapped around lampposts on a daily basis
by stockbrokers with an inversely proportional income-to-driving-skill
ratio. Stability control and other now-commonplace driving aids were
in their infancy, and every schoolboy in the world had some sort of
supercar poster on their wall.
Spiahioglu has chosen this era of the supercar to design his 1983
Pagani Zonda for. He's done a great job of de-evolving the car's design
so it looks like it would fit well with other supercars from 30+ years
previously. It still looks like a Pagani, a Zonda even, but it has
clunkier style lines, old-style headlights and taillights, a simplified
glass house, and of course, a good smattering of black plastic.
In short the 1980s Pagani Zonda is a great idea, great concept, and
done with just the right balance of humor and design skill to make
it both entertaining and an interesting experiment in supercar evolution.
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