Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Richard Oakes redesigns

What if Richard Oakes - undoubtly world's most prolific kit car designer - would have had the free hand in redesigning the GTM or Midas back in 1981? Well, they may have looked like this. He made these sketches for Alternative Car magazine at the time, writing: "Come on, Midas or GTM, perhaps you could make it reality - a British Fiat X1/9 with a bit more muscle!" Hang on - he did actually redesign both cars in the end. With the new GTM becoming the 1986 Rossa and the new Midas becoming the Gold in 1989. Both were considerably rounder in shape though. For good? I'm not sure...

These Richard Oakes sketches  never made it to a new GTM and/or Midas
Picture courtesy Alternative Car/Richard Oakes


  1. Hi Jeroen,

    Looks a bit like a MK1 Toyota MR2. When did they come out, 1984ish?

  2. I had to look that up Lee, but you are right: it was 1984. What strikes me when I look at these sketches is the front which reminds me of the Ford RS200 - another design of 1984.