Connect the Dots: Solution

I invited readers to find the links between the 1963 Hillman Imp, the 1970 Cadillac Eldorado and 1995 Peugeot 406 (I showed a coupé). This is my solution: 

1976 Renault Le Car: source
1976 Renault Le Car: source

It’s not the shortest path. Peugeot manufactured the 406 coupé. The 406 replaced the 405 which Peugeot manufactured at Ryton-in-Dunsmore, in England. That factory formed part of the Rootes group which Chrysler bought in 1967, including the Hillman brand. The Imp was part of group’s range. One of the designers of the Imp was Mike Parkes who died while working on development of the Lancia Stratos (not in the car, at the time of). Marcello Gandini designed the Stratos but also cars for Maserati who were once part-owned by Chrysler. He also designed the Renault Super 5 which succeeded the original Renault 5 (or Le Car). The Le Car was sold in the US by AMC for whom Larry Shinoda worked as a consultant. One of Shinoda’s colleagues was Bill Mitchell and he was the chief designer of the 1970 Cadillac Eldorado.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

10 thoughts on “Connect the Dots: Solution”

  1. This one maybe was too tricky. I’ll agree the connection could be construed as circuitous. It seems all roads lead via Chrysler. What’s interesting is that Pininfarina seems not to be much of a link.

  2. Richard, that line of reasoning would have made Edward de Bono proud. Yes indeed.

    Forget about modern shilly-shallying around games with obvious answers! In 1970 or so de Bono was famous for his book The Power of Lateral Thinking. It was really the progenitor of the modern self-help book but intellectually pure rather than being crassly devoted to a theme like How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. No, De Bono was interested in the mind’s abilities to think in non-linear ways. Appearing on the Beeb, he would solve ridiculously difficult problems, confounding the audiences amazed at his astuteness.

    1. I use a little of de Bono’s “hat” method myself. Francis Wheen poured scorn on it but only displayed his own ignorance: it’s a metaphor, Mr Wheen.

  3. I feel I need to say I didn’t know what the solution was until I sat down to find it the other night. In future I’ll find the link before setting the puzzle.

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