Starting from that idea, he made an extensive research on materials and construction techniques of the 60s, and on the design trends of the time.
Styinling cues of the Viper Concept 1967 include large circular headlamps, 15-inches rims, many chromed trims and curved surfaces.
These were mixed with the typical design elemnets of the modern Dodge Viper, such as the curved roof, the side air vents and the overall proportions, with the huge dominating hood and the driver seating almost on the rear axle.
In Rafael’s vision, the right engine for the Viper of the 1960s was "the 440-Magnum which was used in the Challenger R/T, but modified to gain some more HP, thus leaving aside the V10, which would, in my view, a bit impractical at the time of production. "
"Inside, I used a lot of chrome and leather, with mahogany wood on the stearing-wheel, while bearing in mind that the Viper would be primarily an emotional sportscar, not a luxury car. "
The range of colors includes many warm tones, as in the early 90s Viper, with shades of yellow, red and orange, besides the traditional black and the typical colors of the 1960s, such as blue metallic, dark green and lead.
"The wine color, in my view, identify the Viper Dodge 1967 and is the equivalent of the today red.".
The basic "estimated" price of the car in 1967 would be $ 4,110, making it a competitor to the Chevrolet Corvette.
About the Designer
Rafael Reston, 29 years old is a Brazilian car and product designer, graduated in transportation design at FAAP (Faculdade Armando alvares penteado) in Sao Paulo, Brazil and currently living in Milan, Italy.
He has worked for Renault RDAL (Renault Design America Latina), The Underground World, SpeedDesign and The OSD and is the author of the "Do Sketch ao Concept, o basico do design automotivo" book.
Among his past project is the Barracuda Concept, presented by Car Body Design back in February 2008.
He is currently looking for a position in Europe.
(Image courtesy: Rafael Reston)