Okay, so it’s going to be a bit messy today…..We’ve got some of Brazil again, but also mini-skirts and Japan…..
Dacon was a VW dealer in Sao Paulo. That decided, like many legally locked Brazilians, to build their own version of vehicles that were not allowed for import in Brazil. Dacon added a bit of a twist though, these were to specifically be urban cars. Whether or not the styling actually was intended to directly copy existing cars is only my guess, but it was common culture down there as products built for other markets weren’t allowed to be sold locally anyways. This made copying styles kinda ethically okay.
The PAG Nick, posted at the top of this article, was the most popular of the PAG models, but they also had the Chubby, and the 928. Which were all loosely based on the VW Gol; an interesting car in it’s self. Much like a VW Golf, but based on a VW Fox chassis, South America decided to meet somewhere in the middle, by dropping the ‘F’ off the name. lol
Another adventure I stumbled across is a lovely Jeep Cherokee clone, feel free to dive a bit more into this in the article Linked Here.
I did mention something about mini-skirts didn’t I? well Kyusa Shoes is a massive favorite of mine. They’ve got a great write up on Andre Courrèges, found here. Additionally 80’s hero has a different, cool selection of Courreges stuff, found here. A french designer, who is known for inventing the Go-Go boot, but additionally, claims to have invented the mini-skirt. What’s most interesting to me though, is in 1980’s went on to work with Honda, not only designing wheels, but scooters as well.
And here’s some random tacked on video for no raisin.