Sure, it was a conceptual plaything on the assembly line and more than likely miles away from making the green light for production, but this little vintage advert for the Pontiac Stinger goes a long way toward showing us the purpose of concept cars: to test smaller features that do indeed see the light of day.
But before you brush off this Detroit-made fun buggy, which just had to have made it into an episode of Save by the Bell, see how many of its features you can identify in vehicles made today.
Honda has spent millions on CGI to illustrate the fear half-eaten Gummi bears and hair balls have for the Odyssey’s built-in vacuum. Cool right? Well the Stinger has two of them. (Seriously though, why two?)
Every car built in the last five years has an auxiliary port or Bluetooth capability so we can take our music with us, radio be damned. The Stinger not only had an external CD player but a removable cassette player.
Under-the-seat storage bins foretold the now heavily marketed storage capabilities of every mall-crawling cross-over and family truckster on the lot.
The Stinger also showed us just how important it is that we have an adaptable, go-anywhere vehicle. Jeep uses this very concept to market its $50,000 Grand Cherokee. Granted, the Stinger’s concept cost was around $2 million. But again, it was never intended to be sold, just talked about. And laughed at.
The Stinger is not unlike a moped. We all want to drive it until our friends see us.