Theme : Evolution – The Missing Links 4

The Full Width Grille

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The linear, full-width grille was a staple of production car design for years. Always incorporating the headlamps, often sidelights and indicators, it was a logical reduction. The idea can be seen appearing in the States at the start of the 60s with the Ford Falcon, but where do we first see it in Europe? I’d propose the Glas 1004, introduced in 1961.

The rest of the car deserves consideration too. Its proportions are slightly odd, in part due to the cost saving carry-over of the previous model’s floorpan, but there is a lot to be seen here that we also see in the better-known products of other manufacturers that followed, in particular Audi, who stayed faithful to the full width grille for nearly 40 years.

Glas Photos : http://www.glasclub.de

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