Pontiac Club De Mer 1956 by Autocult
A Touch of the Future.
took a couple of years until the US-American group General Motors shaped their
idea of a concept car, which went down in the US-American car history as the ‘Club
de Mer’ in the year 1956. The initial idea was simply to develop a vehicle,
which should embody the “engagement for futuristic design”.
designers of GM had absolute free rein to put their ideas on the paper in the
back-then new ‘Technical Center’. Out of over one thousand ideas one final
choice was made – primarily by GM vice president Harley J. Earl – and the
winner was a design that according to the interpretation of journalists
embodied a sports car with comfort, safety, performance and beauty. The chosen
design was realised in original size by a team headed by Paul Gillan – head of
the Pontiac design department. Through a wooden superstructure as a basic form
and through meticulously used body filler a basic mould was built which
reflected the final body shape in detail. Over this mould the car body was
formed out of metal and plastic parts. The finished car body got a paint coat
in a visually noble colour selection blue, paired with brushed aluminium. GM
presented the car to the public only at the show ‘Motorama’ and at an exhibition
in Miami in the year 1956. Media-effectively initiated the visitors crowded
around the exhibition stand while a GM-promoter advertised the concept car as the
idea of a future sports car. The press department of GM also published
promotional pictures so that the concept car was also published in the print
media. Of course the car achieved great popularity in this way in the USA.
the car had fulfilled its mission and in 1958 it was internally commissioned to
scrap the car.
|Description: ||Pontiac Club De Mer 1956 |
|Catalogue#: ||ATC06046 |
|Product Type: ||Resincast |
|Scale: ||1:43 |
|Event: ||Road, Concept Cars |
|Colour: ||- |
|Drivers: ||- |
|Sponsors: ||- |
|Dates: ||1956 |
|Race/Position: ||- |
|Release Date: ||September 2020 |
|Weight: ||450 grams |
|Comments: ||Limited edition of 333 pieces. |
A relatively new maker of very well finished resincast models, established in 2015. Very imaginative choice of subjects, often concentrating on the more eccentric episodes in motoring history! Production limited to 333 pieces of each subject, which often means that we get one delivery and that is it, so pre-orders strongly recommended!! Made in China for Germany.