Retrofuturism: 10 Concept Cars of the early 1980s

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By the mid-80s the angular shapes, straight lines and planar surfaces that characterized the automotive design language throughout the 1970’s were gradually left out in favor of softer shapes and more organic forms.

It is possible to find a number of examples of this interesting aesthetic transformation by looking at the concept cars presented in the early 1980s: the simple, basic forms were combined with smoother transitions and more refined details – sign of the technological advances – contributing to a less extreme yet distinctive look.

We have selected 40 images of 10 concept cars that fall into this category, all presented between 1980 and 1984.

1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
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1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
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1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
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1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept
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1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept
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1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept
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1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept
1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept
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1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept
1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept Interior
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1980 Bertone Lamborghini Athon Concept Interior
1980 Citroen Karin Concept
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1980 Citroen Karin Concept
1980 Citroen Karin Concept
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1980 Citroen Karin Concept
1980 Citroen Karin Concept Interior
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1980 Citroen Karin Concept Interior
1980 Citroen Karin Concept Packaging
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1980 Citroen Karin Concept Packaging
1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept
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1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept
1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept
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1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept
1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept Interior Instrument Panel
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1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept Interior Instrument Panel
1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept Interior Swivel seat
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1981 Bertone Mazda MX 81 Aria Concept Interior Swivel seat
1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola
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1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola
1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola
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1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola
1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola Interior
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1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola Interior
1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola Interior
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1981 Citroen Xenia Concept by Coggiola Interior
1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept
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1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept
1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept
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1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept
1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept Design Sketches
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1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept Design Sketches
1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept Interior
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1981 Pininfarina Audi Quartz Concept Interior
1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept
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1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept
1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept
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1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept
1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept
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1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept
1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept Seethrough Drawing
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1983 Volvo LCP2000 Concept Seethrough Drawing
1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept
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1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept
1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept
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1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept
1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept Design Sketches
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1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept Design Sketches
1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept Interior
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1984 Bertone Chevrolet Ramarro Concept Interior
1984 Ford Maya Concept
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1984 Ford Maya Concept
1984 Ford Maya Concept
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1984 Ford Maya Concept
1984 Ford Maya Concept
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1984 Ford Maya Concept
1984 Ford Maya Concept Interior
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1984 Ford Maya Concept Interior
1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept
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1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept
1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept
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1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept
1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept Design Sketches
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1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept Design Sketches
1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept Interior
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1984 Lotus Etna V8 Berlinetta Concept Interior
Ten Concept Cars of the early
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Ten Concept Cars of the early
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