Here’s one for the Brown Car Appreciation Society, straight from the vault of Bertone. The 1981 MX-81 Aria, designed by Marc Deschamps is an attractively blocky hatchback with the best-looking glasshouse I’ve seen in ages. And pause for a moment to consider there’s a 1981 Mazda 323 GLC hidden underneath. That’s the magic of concept-car bodywork.
Forbidden Colours, then, is a song written by Ryuichi Sakamoto, with lyrics by David Sylvian. It was prominently featured in the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, which in turn featured David Bowie buried up to his neck in sand.
The Aria is total ’80s, and reminds me of the Asso di Fiori concept that eventually became the Isuzu Piazza with seemingly zero modifications. It’s a kind of a shame the Aria didn’t make production, even if you can see details on it that were translated into the FC RX-7 for example.
Then there’s the dashboard with the CRT monitor steering… track? I’m going to be honest with you, that looks completely unsteerable.
You can also see Citroën BX or Volvo Tundra overtones in the design, and as Bertone styling house works those are genetically explainable.
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[Images: Mazda via carstyling.ru]