An amazing number of design themes were created during the AR6 programme – here are some of the less well-known prototypes.
Words: Keith Adams Pictures: Roy Axe
1982 teaser prototype
The five-door aspect of the double-sided model shown to the press in 1982 – and not commented upon by Roy Axe
Three-door styling is clean and crisp – with major Italdesign overtones…
1983 styling proposals
Once the AR6 programme was underway, a number of advanced styling schemes were concocted, including this one-box model
The proposal was further developed into a full-sized ‘see-through’ model for evaluation
More conventional model from 1983 wasn’t progressed
Original design developed for production
Early see-through model retained much of the 1982 car’s avantgarde styling…
See-through model was further developed for production – note the side skirts and Rover badging
1985 and the design direction changes
The previous car’s advanced glass-house was abandoned for a more production-feasible AR6
Three-door AR6 now looks rather conventional
Rear of five-door model looks plain to the point of anonymity
AR6 three-door was a more modern, airy variation on the Metro theme
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