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The Vehicle Design of Chuck Pelly

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HRH Bus

HRH Bus

HRH Bus

HRH Bus

HRH Bus

HRH Bus

HRH Bus

HRH Bus

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

DSC07701crop

DSC07701crop

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander 1

Magna Badlander 1

Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

Design and Developer Challenge 2015

Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

Judges Winner 2014

Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles Auto Show

Judges Winner 2014

Section Under Development

Section Under Development

Scarab

 

One of the most well recognized sports car of the 60’s because of its race records.

 

The Front Engine Scarab (Reventlow Motors) produced from 1958 to 1960 and designed by Chuck Pelly and Dick Troutman. 

 

Its classic voluptuous body form, among the first of its kind, featured the long sweeps of the front fender that flowed into the tightly formed rear fender in conjunction with the high lifted round rear, providing a long-lasting memorable look.

 

The Scarab had many famous personalities involved, such as Lance Reventlow and Jill St. John.

 

Two Scarab MkI vehicles (1958)

Two Scarab MkI vehicles (1958)

Scarab MkI Chassis #001 Meister Braüser Team Car (front) along with #16 Scarab (rear)

Scarab MkI (1958)

Scarab MkI (1958)

Scarab MkI on display in Monterey, CA in 2005.

Scarab (1958) and Chaparral (1961)

Scarab (1958) and Chaparral (1961)

Scarab MkI (Front) with Chaparral I (Rear) on display in Monterey, CA in 2005.

1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI featured in Superauto. 1958-59.

1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI #16 (left) alongside #5 (right)

1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI #23 parked up

Lance in the 1958 Scarab Mk1

Lance in the 1958 Scarab Mk1

Lance Reventalow in at the wheel of the Scarab MkI (1958) #16 vehicle.

Scarab on the Racetrack

Scarab on the Racetrack

1958 Scarab MkI #16. Named after the legendary Egyptian 'good luck' beetle, the first two Scarab sports cars used Chevrolet V8 engines, re-writing racing standards in US events through 1958-59.

First Scarab Model

First Scarab Model

First form model of Scarab pre-construction

First Scarab Model

First Scarab Model

First form model of Scarab pre-construction

Scarab Build Process

Scarab Build Process

Construction process of 1958 Scarab MkI (front section)

Scarab Build Process

Scarab Build Process

Construction process of 1958 Scarab MkI

Scarab Build Process

Scarab Build Process

Construction process of 1958 Scarab MkI (front section)

Scarab Build Progress

Scarab Build Progress

Early Scarab build photo showing a young Chuck Pelly inspecting progress.

Scarab Build Progress

Scarab Build Progress

Early Scarab build photo showing a young Chuck Pelly inspecting progress.

Scarab Build Progress

Scarab Build Progress

Construction process of 1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI engine build

1958 Scarab MkI engine build

Engine build progress of 1958 Scarab MkI

1958 Scarab MkI engine build

1958 Scarab MkI engine build

Engine build progress of 1958 Scarab MkI

Various Scarab on Track

Various Scarab on Track

A collection of Scarabs on track at Road America in the most recent Scarab Rally in 2011.

Vintage Motorsport Scarab Cover

Vintage Motorsport Scarab Cover

1958 Scarab Mk1 (#3) featured on the cover of Vintage Motorsport Magazine in March/April 1993

America's First Ferrari Beater

America's First Ferrari Beater

1958 Scarab MkI/II Article featuring Phill Hill driving Augie Pabst's Scarab MkII on top and Don Orosco driving his own MkI on the bottom. Captioned "America's first Ferrari-beater".

Article on 1958 Scarab MkI

Article on 1958 Scarab MkI

Unknown excerpt from an article on the 1958 Scarab MkI

1958-62 Reventlow Scarab Article

1958-62 Reventlow Scarab Article

Article from Autoweek in September 1992 regarding the Scarab and it's American Motorsport dominance in the late 1950's.

Scarab Formula 1 Car Sketch

Scarab Formula 1 Car Sketch

Early sketches by Chuck Pelly for the 1959 Scarab Formula 1 Single-Seat Race Car.

Scarab Formula 1 Car Sketch

Scarab Formula 1 Car Sketch

Early sketches by Chuck Pelly for the 1959 Scarab Formula 1 Single-Seat Race Car.

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch - Front panel placement

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch - Side profiel

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch

1958 Scarab MkI Build Sketch - Buck assembly

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

The Reventlow Automobiles Inc.'s (RAI) Scarab Grand Prix single-seaters were the very first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars.

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

Three Formula 1 Scarabs constructed by the legendary Troutman and Barnes were built. Combining lightweight and startling looks and a Mercedes formula one inspired fuel injected desmodromic engine. Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

Three Formula 1 Scarabs constructed by Troutman and Barnes were built. Combining lightweight and startling looks and a Mercedes formula one inspired fuel injected desmodromic engine. Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

Named after the legendary Egyptian 'good luck' beetle. Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

The Reventlow Automobiles Inc.'s (RAI) Scarab Grand Prix single-seaters were the very first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars. Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

Named after the legendary Egyptian 'good luck' beetle. Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

The Reventlow Automobiles Inc.'s (RAI) Scarab Grand Prix single-seaters were the very first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars. Image Credit - Bonhams

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

1959 Scarab Formula 1 Race Car

The Reventlow Automobiles Inc.'s (RAI) Scarab Grand Prix single-seaters were the very first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars. Image Credit - Bonhams

 

 

Chaparral MkI and MkII produced by Chaparral Motors (owned by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp). The Chaparral was designed by Chuck Pelly.

 

The Chaparral followed the Scarab and was designed to be as low as possible with independent wheel fenders much like the Bonneville Salt Flat speed cars. A high rounded tail was used to provide adequate fuel and aerodynamic lift.

 

The Chaparral, named after a bird that roams at high speed, was a milestone in the golden era of race design.

 

 

 

Chaparral 1(1961)

Chaparral 1(1961)

A high rounded tail was used to provide adequate fuel and aerodynamic lift.

Chaparral 1 (1962)

Chaparral 1 (1962)

The Chaparral followed the Scarab and was designed to be as low as possible with independent wheel fenders much like the Bonneville Salt Flat speed cars.

Chaparral 1(1961)

Chaparral 1(1961)

Chuck Pelly and a Chaparral 1(1961)

Chaparral 1 (1962)

Chaparral 1 (1962)

The Chaparral, named after a bird that roams at speed, was a milestone in the golden era of race design.

Chaparral 1(1961)

Chaparral 1(1961)

The Chaparral on display in Monterey, CA in 2005

Chaparral 1(1961)

Chaparral 1(1961)

The Chaparral Interior

1962 Chaparral on Display

1962 Chaparral on Display

1962 Chaparral on display at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California after its 2002 rebuild in New Zealand at Tansley Panels.

1962 Chaparral (Interior) on Display

1962 Chaparral (Interior) on Display

1962 Chaparral on display at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California after its 2002 rebuild in New Zealand at Tansley Panels.

1962 Chaparral on Display

1962 Chaparral on Display

1962 Chaparral on display at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California after its 2002 rebuild in New Zealand at Tansley Panels.

1962 Chaparral (Interior) on Display

1962 Chaparral (Interior) on Display

1962 Chaparral on display at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California after its 2002 rebuild in New Zealand at Tansley Panels.

1962 Chaparral on Display

1962 Chaparral on Display

1962 Chaparral on display at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California after its 2002 rebuild in New Zealand at Tansley Panels.

Chaparral and Formula BMW Vehicle

Chaparral and Formula BMW Vehicle

1962 Chaparral (2002 Rebuild) on display with the BMW Designworks USA Formula BMW car. Taken at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Chaparral and Formula BMW Vehicle

Chaparral and Formula BMW Vehicle

1962 Chaparral (2002 Rebuild) on display with the BMW Designworks USA Formula BMW car. Taken at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Chaparral and Formula BMW Vehicle

Chaparral and Formula BMW Vehicle

1962 Chaparral (2002 Rebuild) on display with the BMW Designworks USA Formula BMW car. Taken at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Chaparral and Scarab on Track

Chaparral and Scarab on Track

1962 Chaparral 1 (#23) and 1958 Scarab MkI (#16) on track

Chaparral Rebuild (2002)

Chaparral Rebuild (2002)

2002 rebuild of a 1962 Chaparral 1 at Tansley Panel in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Chaparral Rebuild (2002)

Chaparral Rebuild (2002)

2002 rebuild of a 1962 Chaparral 1 at Tansley Panel in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Chaparral on Track Advertisment

Chaparral on Track Advertisment

1962 Chaparral featured in Rolex advertisement.

 Chaparral

 

 

 

Magna 'Badlander' Torrero 2

Designed alongside Jeff Teague, Chuck Pelly worked with Magna International on a lifestyle concept vehicle.

 

The whole purpose was to create a brand new niche for young and not-so-young people," according to Mr. Gingl, Magna's executive vice-chairman. Integral to the project was Lifestyle Segmentation and trailers designed by lifestyle activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magna Badlander 1

Magna Badlander 1

Lifestyle vehicle designed by Chuck Pelly

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

2006 - Designed by Jeff Teague

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

2006 - Designed by Jeff Teague

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

2006 - Designed by Jeff Teague

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

2006 - Designed by Jeff Teague

Magna Badlander

Magna Badlander

2006 - Designed by Jeff Teague

Designworks/USA

The first Designworks / USA studio was opened in 1972. It is still ongoing in Newbury Park, California as well as opening offices in Shanghai and Munich.

 

Chuck Pelly was the owner of Designworks / USA from 1972 until 1995 when it was purchased completely by the BMW Group. At that time Chuck became President and CEO until becoming a consultant with the firm in 2000.

 

In 1998 Designworks USA was rated amonst the "Top 10 Best Industrial Design Offices" by D.C. Groupe, Frankfurt, Germany.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Famous for being the first concept car to physically reflect the idea of large, luxurious SUVs.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

The Torrero was handbuilt at the Designworks/USA studio in Newbury Park, CA. It illustrated Magna International’s innovative supplier thinking and technical competence.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

It was designed for the passengers to be comfortable on the rough mountain roads to driving to the opera house.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype Clay Model (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype Interior (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero (1989)

Magna International Torrero Prototype Interior (1989) (9.0 liter engine). Designed by Steve Winter from Magna International, Inc.

Dodge Daytona Showcar Cluster

Dodge Daytona Showcar Cluster

Dodge Daytona Showcar Cluster

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Designworks / USA

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Designworks / USA

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Designworks / USA

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Designworks / USA

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Designworks / USA

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Dodge Daytona Showcar

Designworks / USA

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager - Designworks / USA

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager - Designworks / USA

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager Design Process - Designworks / USA

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager Design Sketch - Designworks / USA

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager Interior Design Process - Designworks / USA

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager

Plymouth Voyager Design Sketch - Designworks / USA

John Deree 700H Crawler

John Deree 700H Crawler

Designworks / USA

John Deree 700H Crawler

John Deree 700H Crawler

Designworks / USA

BMW Art Car (1995) - David Hockney

BMW Art Car (1995) - David Hockney

BMW 850 CSi Art Car (1995) by David Hockney. Completed at Designworks USA studios.

Corvette Seating (1985)

Corvette Seating (1985)

Development of ergonomic seating and instrument panel. Worked directly with GM Corvette designers.

Corvette Seating (1985)

Corvette Seating (1985)

Resulted in prototype seat and mock-up. One in a series of breakthrough ergonomic studies for all of GM.

Corvette Seating (1985)

Corvette Seating (1985)

Designed by Chuck Pelly, Ray Carter, Tom Violand and Martin Smith (Project Director)

Corvette Seating (1985)

Corvette Seating (1985)

Designed by Chuck Pelly, Ray Carter, Tom Violand and Martin Smith (Project Director)

Volvo Seating (1985)

Volvo Seating (1985)

Designed by Geza Loczi, Tom Violand, Martin Smith (Project Director). For a number of years Designworks USA worked very closely with Volvo on design development and designer exchange programs. Projects ranged from seating, instrument panels to complete surfaces.

Polaris Snowmobile Sketch

Polaris Snowmobile Sketch

Designworks / USA

Polaris Snowmobile

Polaris Snowmobile

Designworks / USA

Polaris Snowmobile

Polaris Snowmobile

Designworks / USA

Polaris Snowmobile

Polaris Snowmobile

Designworks / USA

Steiger Tractor

Steiger Tractor

Designworks / USA

Steiger Tractor Interior

Steiger Tractor Interior

Designworks / USA

Steiger Tractor Interior

Steiger Tractor Interior

Designworks / USA

Steiger Tractor Design Model

Steiger Tractor Design Model

Designworks / USA

Steiger Tractor Design Sketch

Steiger Tractor Design Sketch

Designworks / USA

Designworks/USA

for BMW

Wholly purchased by BMW 1995 and still ongoing as a major international design firm in 2015. 

 

During his tenure at Designworks USA Chuck Pelly was involved in developing a number of notable BMW vehicles such as the BMW E46 3 Series (1998), BMW E63 Sport Activity Vehicle (1999), BMW Zeta Concept (1993) and BMW’s E2 Electric Vehicle (1994).

 

BMW continues to own Designworks and it is now based in 3 global locations - Newbury Park in California, Munich in Germany and Shanghai in China. 

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW’s second electric showcar, this rolling appearance model was the first car built at Designworks/USA’s Newbury Park, CA facility.

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

This vehicle used a basic one-box design to provide maximum interior space, reasonable aerodynamics and a package that functioned for the large batteries and usable space.

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW’s second electric showcar, this rolling appearance model was the first car built at Designworks/USA’s Newbury Park, CA facility.

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW’s second electric showcar, this rolling appearance model was the first car built at Designworks/USA’s Newbury Park, CA facility.

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW Electric E2 (1991)

BMW’s second electric showcar, this rolling appearance model was the first car built at Designworks/USA’s Newbury Park, CA facility.

BMW Electric E2 (1991) Sketch

BMW Electric E2 (1991) Sketch

BMW’s second electric showcar.

BMW Zeta Concept Car (1993)

BMW Zeta Concept Car (1993)

Designed in Newbury Park, CA and built of EPOWOOD by G STUDIO in Italy, the BMW Zeta was a concept car designed to challenge the conventional aesthetic of the automobile.

BMW Zeta Concept Car (1993) Sketch

BMW Zeta Concept Car (1993) Sketch

Designed by Marek Djordjevic. Owned by BMW (located in the BMW Museum)

BMW Zeta Concept Car (1993)

BMW Zeta Concept Car (1993)

The clearly linear style and highly dynamic surfaces pioneered new thinking in body surfacing.

BMW 3 Series (1993)

BMW 3 Series (1993)

In 1994 the 3 Series exterior design, designed by Erik Goplen from Designworks/USA, was chosen for production. The complete design development, including series design, was accomplished with the BMW Munich Design Team. Erik Goplen represent the Designworks/USA model and followed the 3 Series through to its final production stand.

BMW 3 Series (1993) Design Sketch

BMW 3 Series (1993) Design Sketch

The derivatives of The 3 Series (The Coupe, Sportwagon and Convertible) exterior designs were also developed and followed by this Designworks/USA designer - Erik Goplen.

BMW X5 (2000)

BMW X5 (2000)

Designed by Chris Chapman. The 1994 BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle was designed as BMW’s first entry into the SUV market, first making production in 2000.

BMW X5 (2000)

BMW X5 (2000)

The X5 was conceived in California, molded in steel in Italy by G-Studio under the control of Chris Chapman and the BMW Munich Design Studio.

BMW X5 (2000)

BMW X5 (2000)

The style had to carry the BMW cues, yet fit in the higher format of the 4WD Sport Activity Vehicle.

Mini ACV 30 (1995)

Mini ACV 30 (1995)

The Mini ACV 30 “Anniversary Concept Vehicle” commemorated 30 years since Mini won the Rally Monte Carlo. Exterior design by Adrian van Hooydonk. Interior design by Ivan Lampkin Builder: Designworks/USA Owner: BMW (located in the BMW Mobile Tradition Museum)

Mini ACV 30 (1995)

Mini ACV 30 (1995)

Designed in Newbury Park, CA, and built of aluminum at BMW Munich, this proposed sport Mini mounted the engine in front of the rear-axle, reflecting an aggressive high performance approach to the Mini. It was run at the start of the “1997 Rally Monte Carlo” by Paddy Hopkirk who famously won the event in 1964 against the likes of the Porsche 911.

Mini ACV 30 (1995) Design Sketch

Mini ACV 30 (1995) Design Sketch

Mini ACV 30 Design Sketch by Adrian Van Hooydonk in 1995

BMW Clay Development

BMW Clay Development

BMW Designworks USA - California

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California. Featuring a BMW 7-Series.

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California.

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California.

BMW 850i

BMW 850i

BMW 850i and Chuck Pelly

BMW E2

BMW E2

Chuck Pelly at the wheel of the BMW E2

BMW E2

BMW E2

Chuck Pelly and the BMW E2

BMW E2

BMW E2

Chuck Pelly and the BMW E2

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California.

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California.

Designworks / USA

Designworks / USA

BMW Designworks / USA offices in California.

1995 BMW David Hockney Art Car

1995 BMW David Hockney Art Car

In 1995 David Hockney painted a BMW 850 CSi to join BMW's famous art car collection alongside other famous artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

1995 BMW David Hockney Art Car

1995 BMW David Hockney Art Car

In 1995 David Hockney painted a BMW 850 CSi to join BMW's famous art car collection alongside other famous artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Zimmer-Porsche

910S

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis designed and built in 1975.

 

The engine was a aircooled flat 6 with a capacity of 200cc, connected to a 5 speed manual gearbox. The Zimmer-Porsche pushed 205kW and a top speed of 300km/h (187mph). Only 1 was ever built.

1975 Zimmer-Porsche 910S

1975 Zimmer-Porsche 910S

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

1975 Zimmer-Porsche 910S

1975 Zimmer-Porsche 910S

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis. Engine bay shown here.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis. Interior View.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Body only.

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Porsche 910 Zimmer (1975)

Low body, special order, mid-engine coupe constructed on a Porsche 910 race-car chassis.

Harrison Special

With the aluminium bodywork designed by Chuck Pelly, the Harrison Special was a racecar designed in 1963.

 

Jim Clark of Formula 1 fame took it to the pole for the 1964 Players 200 GP at Mosport - however it was not raced after this. George Folmer and Lloyd Ruby were known other drivers.

 

The car has been lost for many years but is now in the process of being restored in the US.

Harrison Special (1963)

Harrison Special (1963)

Harrison Special (1963) illustration

Harrison Special (1963) Sketch

Harrison Special (1963) Sketch

Harrison Special (1963) designed by Chuck Pelly, and built by Troutman Barnes.

Harrison Special (1963)

Harrison Special (1963)

This car featured a very tightly drawn skin over the chassis with 4 separate wheel humps - much the same as the Bonneville Streamliners. The car had been lost for many years and is currently being restored.

Harrison Special Driven by Jim Clark

Harrison Special Driven by Jim Clark

Harrison Special (1963) shown here with Jim Clark at the wheel.

Harrison Special (1963)

Harrison Special (1963)

The last rear engined sports car built by Troutman barnes Sepulveda shop.

Kustom

Karts

One of the first summer jobs Chuck Pelly had while still in high school was at Frank Kurtis’ old Indy shop which had been recently purchased by McCuelloch Chain Saw Company.

 

With a shop full of race car builders and a pile of chain saws engines in the corner, it wasn’t long before the first few go-karts emerged.

 

It is hard to really credit one person, but certainly one of the firsts was Ingeles and Borelli. Chuck was very much part of this activity and made supplemental school money by drawing Putt Putts for Progressives for many years.

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Go Karts

Go Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Putt Putts for Progressives

Putt Putts for Progressives

Putt Putts for Progressives in Rod & Custom Magazine, March 1959

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts Go Karts media content - Production and concept visualizations

Putt Putts for Progressives

Putt Putts for Progressives

Putt Putts for Progressives in Rod & Custom Magazine, June 1959

Kustom Karts Advertisement

Kustom Karts Advertisement

Here's Down to Earth Racing

Putt Putts for Progressives

Putt Putts for Progressives

Putt Putts for Progressives in Rod & Custom Magazine, April 1959

Cattiva

Catamarans

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva in Vanuatu

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Looking up the mast

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Internationally notable custom 43 foot sailing catamaran.

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva 43 Trampoline Mast Base

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva Yacht

Cattiva 43 Twin Anchors

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43 Furling Boom

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Deck View

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43 in New Zealand

Boat Models

Boat Models

Chuck Pelly and yacht design scale models

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Plans and elevations

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Technical

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Washing Machine

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Saloon

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Saloon

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Cabin

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Cabin

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Port Bathroom

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Galley

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Bridgedeck Cockpit

Cattiva 43

Cattiva 43

Helm Position Port

Cattiva Catamarans Logo

Cattiva Catamarans Logo

Cattiva Plan View

Cattiva Plan View

Cattiva Plan View - Diagram

Cattiva Catamarans is a Yacht company founded by Chuck Pelly. A feature design is the Custom 43 foot sailing catamaran launched in 2002 in Gulf Harbour, New Zealand, called Cattiva 43.

 

Engineered by well-known Naval Architects, Morelli & Melvin. The yacht gained international attention and has extensively sailed the South Pacific including trips to Fiji, Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and around New Zealand waters. 

 

Her first passage being from New Zealand to Tonga in 2003. 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Auto Show Design Challenge

Advanced automotive design studios from around the world present their concepts to a judging committee and compete for top honor; winner of judges' pick as well as people's choice award are both announced during the annual reception. 

 

Now over a decade old, the LA Auto Show Design Challenge is still the world's only professional design competition, involving the largest auto-manufacturers from around the globe. 

 

In 2014 we saw Honda Advanced Design Tokyo win the Judge's Choice Award with their concept 'CARpet' with Infiniti's 'SYNAPTIQ' taking home the People's choice award. 

 

In 2015 we see the toughest challenge so far.

 

 

Chuck Pelly at 2015 Design Challenge

Chuck Pelly at 2015 Design Challenge

Chuck Pelly with the poster for the latest edition of the design challenge, D²C, at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ

In the year 2029, INFINITI sponsors its’ own team triathlon called the A.R.C. race. The Air, Rally, Circuit race utilizes a universal fuselage pod that can integrate into three vehicle types.

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ

In the year 2029, INFINITI sponsors its’ own team triathlon called the A.R.C. race. The Air, Rally, Circuit race utilizes a universal fuselage pod that can integrate into three vehicle types.

2014 Honda CARpet

2014 Honda CARpet

A morphing interior so dynamic that it feels alive! The way we use the interior will change when vehicles have become fully autonomous and accidents a thing of the past. This is an interior with a human focus, free from traditional interfaces. The interior consist of two main elements, a carpet and a ball.

2014 Honda CARpet

2014 Honda CARpet

A morphing interior so dynamic that it feels alive! The way we use the interior will change when vehicles have become fully autonomous and accidents a thing of the past. This is an interior with a human focus, free from traditional interfaces. The interior consist of two main elements, a carpet and a ball.

2013 SAIC Roewe Mobiliant Concept

2013 SAIC Roewe Mobiliant Concept

Inspired by the mutualistic relationship between ants and trumpet trees, M.E.C brings transportation network and ecological system together. In an M.E.C, a new kind of biofuel-powered single seat mobility, the Roewe Mobiliant, plays the role of ant.

2012 Subaru SHARC

2012 Subaru SHARC

With the grand opening of Hawaii’s sparkling new inter-island Paradise Highway, Subaru debuts the cutting-edge SHARC (Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept). SHARC highway patrol vehicles will provide an innovative, affordable, and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection and rapid emergency response.

2011 Smart 341 Parkour

2011 Smart 341 Parkour

The adventure starts with the Smart 341 Parkour in the streets of Cantpark City. The Smart 341 Parkour is not just an ordinary vehicle. It comes with several features that fit the environment of Cantpark City, in which Annie’s adventure takes place. It enables her to take pictures from the best possible location as a professional reporter. The large greenhouse gives Annie all-round visibility while travelling through the inner city.

2010 Cadillac Aera

2010 Cadillac Aera

The Cadillac Aera (Aero + Era) launches Cadillac’s philosophy of “Art and Science” into new territory by taking an innovative and stylistic approach to ultra-light weight vehicle design. Aera is a 1000 lb, 2+2 touring coupe, with a range of 1000 miles before refueling; attributes achieved without compromising size, capacity and safety.

2010 Smart 454

2010 Smart 454

Manufactured by incredibly high-tech robots that look as friendly and cuddly as our grandmothers, the Tridion-frame (chassis) is knit by our “Smart Granny Robots” (otherwise know as SGRs) out of carbon fibre. The knitting can create complex shapes and forms, enabling the geometry to be optimized in strength and weight.

2009 Nissan V2 GUNLMTD

2009 Nissan V2 GUNLMTD

Nissan’s ‘ON-GRID’ compliant vehicle for the year 2030 is the V2G (Vehicle–to-Grid). Wildly popular with consumers thanks to its low cost, dynamic styling and quality construction, the V2G is the best-selling electric vehicle of its time. Nissan’s comprehensive and affordable range of GRID access plans (similar to mobile phone plans) have also helped to make V2G the market leader.

2008 Mazda Kaan

2008 Mazda Kaan

The MAZDA KAAN is an electric race car designed to compete in the E1 races, the pinnacle of international motorsports in terms of technology and popularity. In 2025, California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world. MAZDA’s patented electronic tire system uses this technology to power the KAAN to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions!

2007 VW Concept Slipstream

2007 VW Concept Slipstream

In the year 2057 population centers have become unimaginably dense and the roadways have reached the point of total saturation. Volkswagen’s solution is an advanced autonomous vehicle that dynamically adapts to minimize it’s footprint in the city and its drag coefficient on the highways.

2006 GM Hummer 02

2006 GM Hummer 02

The Hummer O2 epitomizes the ethos of the true Southern California outdoors enthusiast with rugged capability and construction methods that promote safety, accessibility and post-consumer re-use. It’s a Hummer that provides an environmental net gain.

2015 LA Auto Show Design Challenge

2015 LA Auto Show Design Challenge

Display Wall

Other Vehicles

Various other notable vehicles were developed by Chuck Pelly through out his professional career outside of Designworks USA and the famous Scarab and Chaparral. 

 

These vehicles include  a special order Porsche 911 4-door sedan and a 4-door VW Beetle. 

 

Work continues in the automotive area with Chuck Pelly's current endeavors, always interested in the latest innovation in the automotive sector.

911 Porsche 4 door (1968)

911 Porsche 4 door (1968)

Special Order 911 Porsche 4-Door featured on the cover of the March 1968 Road & Track Magazine.

Volkswagen Beetle Four Door Limo

Volkswagen Beetle Four Door Limo

Featured on the cover of Road & Track.

Polaris Snowmobiles

Polaris Snowmobiles

Design of a range of models. This included body, details, seating and graphics. Chuck Pelly: Chief Creative Director - Lead designer: Ray Smith

Custom trailer for tractor cab transportation Design for delivery of Steiger Tractor cab to Fargo, North Dakota.

Custom trailer for tractor cab transportation Design for delivery of Steiger Tractor cab to Fargo, North Dakota.

Car Drawing

Car Drawing

Car Drawing by Chuck Pelly

Car Drawing

Car Drawing

Car Drawing by Chuck Pelly

Car Drawing

Car Drawing

Car Drawing by Chuck Pelly

Car Drawing

Car Drawing

Car Drawing by Chuck Pelly

Car Drawing

Car Drawing

Car Drawing by Chuck Pelly

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Modern Plastics

Modern Plastics

Modern Plastics Magazine - May 1962

Modern Plastics

Modern Plastics

Modern Plastics - February 1962

Kustom Karts

Kustom Karts

March 1961

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

Chuck Pelly Vehicles

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer Sketch

Modern Plastics Cover

Modern Plastics Cover

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer Sketch

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer Interior

1960 Geographic Trailer Prototype

1960 Geographic Trailer Prototype

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X

1960 Geographic Model X Trailer