Friday, June 24, 2011

P1800 inspiring Disney Pixar Finn McMissile ?

Looks like the P1800 is inspiring Disney Pixar !
The new Character "Finn McMissile" from the movie "Cars 2" released today in the US has pretty much a P1800 flavour to me ... including the fact of impersonating a British Agent ... does it remind you anybody ?

  • Finn is a Pixar in-house design resulting of the blend of several sports cars from the 1960s, notably British and Italian. Character art director Jay Shuster said: "We wanted him to be a really elegantly designed English sportscar from the sixties. We did this really deep search into that kind of car from that era. We took everything from all the cars we love and baked it into Finn."[1]
  • Because of his name, the developing team wanted Finn to have fins, but they realized very few British cars have some. They finally found a 1958 British sports car called the Peerless GT that did feature tailfins, and it served as one of the basis of the inspiration.[4][1]

    Lifesize Finn during San Diego Fair
    Badge comparison
    Finn Mc Missile vs my 1800S

    About Finn McMissile
    Finn McMissile is a master British spy. Though charming and eloquent, it's his stealth manoeuvring, intelligence and years in the field that enable him to thwart unexpected attacks from bad guys, making quick daredevil escapes.. Finn's design is sleek and timeless, but he's also prepared for any tricky situation with an arsenal of ultra-cool gadgets and weaponry, including front and rear grappling hooks, a missile launcher, deployable magnetic explosives and a holographic disguise emitter. As a seasoned professional in the game of international espionage, Finn believes there is a conspiracy brewing during the World Grand Prix. His clandestine work surrounding the global exhibition race puts him on a collision course with Mater, whom he mistakes for an undercover American agent with a genius disguise.

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    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Irv celebrate Golden Anniversary of the P1800 in Australia

    In September, Irv will travel to Australia to celebrate the car's golden anniversary. Irv has also restated his goal to hit three million miles.
    “In honor of the P1800's 50th anniversary, I'd like to reaffirm my goal of reaching three million miles within the next two years,” said Gordon. “Recently my P1800 has been through some terrible weather, and never complained once. What a great automobile! Hitting 2.9 million miles is a true testament to Volvo and those who designed it.”

    An right this recent terrible weather was when Irv came back from the Volvo Meet in Gateway Colorado museum (owned by Discovery Channel founder) in middle of nowhere, he had to face crazy storm and even stay up all night since he did not find in hurry an hotel with closed parking for the Milnmlr !

    Timeless 50-Year-Old
    The Volvo P1800, this alert 50-year-old, was never intended to be a mass-produced car. It was and still is a niche product, the top of the model range, yet at the same time viable enough to be within the reach of ordinary people who wanted a car that looked like a Ferrari but cost and functioned like a Volvo: pleasant, reliable and economical. It appealed to people even before it arrived in the showrooms in 1961 and its design has been shown to stand the test of time: it is timeless, classic and sporty in a well-balanced way.
    P1800 owners owe a debt of gratitude to Gunnar Engellau and Helmer Petterson who pushed for Volvo to build the car, to Pelle Petterson who designed it, to Volvo who kept the model going in good times and bad over a period of 12 years.

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