Colani Sea-Ranger, 1979. One of the more amazing of Colani’s creations, the one-off, amphibious Sea-Ranger was based on the Mercedes Unimog and built by Thyssen. Personally I think more vehicles could do with a fisherman’s perch. The bottom pic shows Colani’s original model for the Sea-Ranger upon which the full-size version was based


Mazda Le Mans Prototype, 1983, by Colani. Next weekend is the Le Mans 24 hour race so I thought I’d reflect on some of Colani’s wonderful Le Man’s prototypes. In 1982 Luigi Colani had moved to Tokyo and accepted a position as a professor there. This resulted in a collaboration with Mazda for whom he proposed this radical Le Man’s car powered by a four-rotor Wankel engine producing 950hp and capable of 235mph. Of course it never raced


Colani Lada Gorbi, 1987. An all-terrain concept based on the Lada Niva but with the engine placed amidships. Luigi Colani’s (pictured top, with the vehicle) aerodynamic off-roader placed the driver and passenger is a recumbent position in order to reduce overall height, whilst providing maximum ground clearance. Please don’t ask me to explain the bodies on the beach