In another part of my working life I had reason to revisit the Lancia Kappa coupe and discuss its aesthetic failings. I may be the first person ever to get the car into a peer-reviewed article, which is something to be proud of.
Using a stock image and my rough and non-evolving Paint skills, I thought I’d see what the Kappa coupe would have looked liked if it had conformed to the norms of vehicle proportions. In order to generate some interest I have not labelled which is the original.
This is the third car where the visual problem lies in the difference between what you see and what is actually there. What did the designers see? Did they see something that looked something more like the revised car? And did their objectivity suffer from having to banish the saloon from their minds?
All of this leads me to meditate on the apparent dearth of real design failures. Most of the cars that have had a rough ride are essentially alright. There are very, very few that display the egregious wrongness of the Rodius and the Aztek. The Kappa is at the extreme end of tolerably awkward. It’s not so bad that I wouldn’t mind one (I also like the Trevi) and perhaps after a while I might not see the car as it is but as it was intended to be. Love is blind, you know and affection has short sight.
The image is from here.