1953 See-through Bus

Is this vehicle weird, or what? It was designed by French architect Felix Aublet in 1953 for the French yarn and clothing company SOFIL.

Part of the long, illustrious tradition of eye-catching promotional vehicles (of which the most outrageous were built in France for such epic sport events as Tour De France), this marvel of engineering had bent acrylic and glass panels, which would light up in different colors at night - promoting the rainbow colors of famous SOFIL array of yarns - plus it would broadcast music by Radio Luxembourg and other stations!

But this transparent bus was far from the only outrageous vehicle SOFIL used to promote their wares. And Felix Aublet designed fantastic futuristic vehicles for other companies, too, which resembled anything from stained-glass chapels to spaceships! See a selection of these vehicles at Dark Roasted Blend.

They remind me a little of Steven Johnson’s fantastically odd designs.

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