There’s an unusual amount of workhorse trucks, usually cabover style, with front ends that feel unusually well-suited to being the head of a robot. And not just any robot: usually mid-century schlocky sci-fi robots with a lot of personality and really clunky movements. This 1966 Fiat 625 N is just the sort of truck I’m talking about.
Don’t believe me? Look at this:
Tell me that doesn’t work incredibly well. You can’t, because it does. Bleep bloop bleep blonk.
Honda Acty always gave me a similar vibe. I mean, a lot of them have little personalities, but it seems like it has the face of a friendly robot in some sci-fi future where they do all the menial tasks we’d rather not.
It seems to be Fiat 1300/1500 headlights
Good call – they probably have a Ferrari parts number at 10x the cost as well.
Hey Laserlips, your mama was a snowblower!!
I just noticed your photoshop robot has a human controller inside its head! I hope he’s not a mad scientist hell-bent on taking his rage out on the city.
That’s where the robot keeps the captives it has harvested.
It’s an early prototype battle mech, a joint venture between Stark Industries, Muppet Labs, and the Gizmonic Institute.
+2 for Gizmonic Institute. Maybe we can get the I.D.E.A. Institute involved as well?
+1 for “Muppet Labs”.
I probably have some responsibility to introduce Jason to the hilarity that is the Daihatsu V150.
Yes, that is a 1.5 ton truck. It is powered by a 1.5L engine producing a whole 68HP. And no, the frame has not been shortened.
Once we get the ability to post images (come soon, oh Blessed Day for which us Millenarian Autopians have been praying for since March 32nd) I shall share some choice pages from the 1967 Japanese Auto Manufacturers’ Yearbook. There were triple-cab versions of some of these late ’60s cabover trucks which look simply absurd.
This looks to be the inspiration for a lot of the cheeky robots in Futurama.
That’s where my brain went as well.
A striking resemblance to Crushinator.
I vote to make this The Autopian’s official mascot.
Also, can we at least point out the creepy motherfucker behind the wheel???
So you think Giuseppe is creepy?
Wait until you meet his cousin Luigi.
Nope because look at both pictures. The guy is in the right hand seat but in the other photo you can see the steering wheel on the left. So creepy passenger guy?
I can’t make out the steering wheel so I just assumed it was RHD.
Really? What COE vehicle can’t you do this to? Heck even VW, Dodge, or other cargo van. Doesn’t take a robotics genius just the ability to post.
I can almost hear this truck telling me to bite its shiny metal ass.
…with a straight-out-of-central-casting Italian accent.