Posted 3 years ago
Welcome to another episode of Matchbox Monday. Last week we were preoccupied and missed an episode.
In today's episode we feature the Dodge Deora. This was a strange concept vehicle introduced in 1967. It featured a forward cab design with a forward opening windshield. You accessed the vehicle by climbing through the front.
2003 Hotwheels 35th Anniversary Dodge Deora.
Originally introduced in 1968 as one of the Hot Wheels sweet 16 vehicles.
In the last picture you can see the GM engineers have no creativity whatsoever. Their new concept truck is just a redo of the Deora.
"The Alexander brothers commissioned the design from Harry Bentley Bradley in 1964. It was unveiled in their home town during the Detroit Autorama in 1967, where it won nine awards including the Ridler Award. The Deora is based on the compact Dodge A100 pickup. The back hatch of a 1960 Ford station wagon served as the windshield. It was chopped, sectioned, and channelled to create the fully functional, futuristic-looking pickup. The slant six engine and 3-speed manual transmission were moved rearward 15 inches, out of the cab and into the bed and covered by the hard tonneau."