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1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept Revived For Villa d'Este

21 May 2023
  • What is the Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept?
  • Why was the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept revived?

Automotive enthusiasts and history buffs alike are in for a treat at this year's Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este, as the revived 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept takes center stage. Painstakingly restored by renowned Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, this Korean gem from the past is once again turning heads with its timeless design and historical significance.

The Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept

The Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept

The Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept, originally unveiled nearly five decades ago, marked a turning point in the Korean automaker's history. As South Korea's first concept car, it showcased Hyundai's aspirations for the future and its determination to establish a strong presence in the global automotive industry.

When the Pony Coupe Concept made its debut in 1974, it was a bold statement from a relatively unknown brand. Designed by Giugiaro, one of the industry's most influential designers, the concept car showcased sleek lines, a low-slung profile, and a distinctive wedge-shaped silhouette that set it apart from its contemporaries.

However, despite the excitement generated by the Pony Coupe Concept, the original vehicle was lost to history. Over time, its significance was overshadowed by the successful production models that followed, such as the Hyundai Pony, the brand's first mass-produced car.

Fortunately, Giorgetto Giugiaro, the original designer of the Pony Coupe Concept, felt compelled to resurrect this forgotten gem. With meticulous attention to detail and a deep appreciation for automotive history, Giugiaro and his team embarked on an ambitious restoration project.

The restoration process was a labor of love that involved extensive research, examining old photographs, and collaborating closely with Hyundai to ensure historical accuracy. Giugiaro and his team also relied on their expertise and decades of experience in automotive design to recreate the original car's unique features.

The revived 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept retains its original charm while incorporating modern elements that seamlessly blend the past and the present. Its aerodynamic shape, flush door handles, and distinctive front grille pay homage to the original design, while modern headlights and sleek alloy wheels add a contemporary touch.

The resurrection of the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept

The resurrection of the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept

The interior of the revived Pony Coupe Concept offers a glimpse into automotive design of the era. Plush upholstery, wood accents, and a retro-inspired dashboard transport occupants back in time. Yet, the concept car also features modern amenities, including advanced infotainment and climate control systems, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for today's discerning driver.

The resurrection of the 1974 Hyundai Pony Coupe Concept represents more than just a celebration of the past; it symbolizes Hyundai's remarkable journey as an automaker. From its humble beginnings as a Korean manufacturer to its current position as a global powerhouse, Hyundai has come a long way, and the Pony Coupe Concept serves as a testament to the brand's evolution and ambition.

As the revived concept car takes its place among automotive legends at the Concorso d'Eleganza, it offers visitors a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of history and innovation. It serves as a reminder that even the most forgotten gems can be resurrected and appreciated for their significance in shaping the automotive landscape.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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China is home to the company’s largest production site and the most comprehensive R&D hub outside Germany, playing a significant role in Mercedes Benz’s global R&D network. In recent years, Mercedes Benz strengthened its R&D capabilities in China, particularly in electrification and digitalisation. In 2021, the company opened the new R&D Tech Centre China in Beijing, equipped with state-of-the-art testing labs, including E drive, battery, charging, NVH, and more. In 2022, Mercedes Benz established the new R&D Centre Shanghai, focusing on connectivity, automated driving, plus software and hardware development. This April, a new building will be added with advanced hardware and software facilities designed to accelerate local development in cutting-edge digital innovations. Besides the R&D Centre, the existing Design Centre will continue to promote the digital dimension in Mercedes Benz designs.

Gordon Murray Automotive reveals all T.50s commemorative names ahead of prototype global dynamic debut

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Premium British vehicle manufacturer Gordon Murray Automotive (GMA) has announced the 25 commemorative names to be paired with the 25 T.50s Niki Lauda chassis. Each of the track-only T.50s supercars will celebrate Gordon Murray’s rich racing heritage with their names commemorating the dates of his first 24 Grand Prix wins at different circuits, and a special endurance race victory.

Already allocated to their owners, each of the T.50s chassis is themed chronologically, starting with Murray’s first race victory – 1974 South Africa at Kyalami – and continuing with each subsequent win at unique locations: 1974 USA at Watkins Glen; 1975 Brazil at Interlagos; 1975 Germany at Nürburgring; 1978 Sweden at Anderstorp; 1980 Italy at Imola; 1980 Netherlands at Zandvoort; 1981 Argentina at Buenos Aires; 1982 Monte Carlo at Monaco; 1982 Canada at Montreal; 1983 Brazil at Rio; 1983 Italy at Monza; 1983 UK at Brands Hatch; 1984 USA at Detroit; 1985 France at Paul Ricard; 1988 Mexico at Mexico City; 1988 UK at Silverstone; 1988 Belgium at Spa; 1988 Portugal at Estoril; 1998 Spain at Jerez; 1988 Japan at Suzuka; 1988 Germany at Hockenheim; 1988 Hungary at Hungaroring; 1988 Australia at Adelaide; 1995 France at La Sarthe.

The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.