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The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model #745981
March 06th 2019 3:02 pm
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The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model

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Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #745987
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What are those, about a D cup?

Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #745988
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Cool article, thanks for posting, I can see some similarities to the later produced Greenbriar. Definitely catch some attention driving down the road and looks like it was built like a tank to last.

Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #745997
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Pretty Kewl indeed! It was designed as front wheel drive and had a Pontiac engine mounted mid-van! crazy

Quote from Hemmings Motor News in 2013

It was conceived as a dream vehicle for the 1955 Motorama series of GM shows held in Boston, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The L'Universelle that made the show rounds was reportedly a roller only--the transaxle wasn't functional and the engine lacked a working ignition.
The powerplant displayed in the L'Universelle was a 180hp Pontiac 288-cu in V-8 coupled to a transaxle. The cooling system was a complicated affair because the radiator had to be located behind the driver and angled skyward toward a roof vent where ceiling fans sucked in outside air.
L'Universelle's steering setup was also complex as the column led to a gearbox that turned a vertical shaft leading to another gearbox that turned a horizontal shaft leading to the wheels.


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Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Marcela] #746000
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Originally Posted by Marcela
What are those, about a D cup?


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Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #746005
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Originally Posted by Dyno_Dave
Originally Posted by Marcela
What are those, about a D cup?


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Haha! I was thinking either D cup or Marylin Monroe specials but that'll do.

Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #746007
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Arnt they called Dolly Partons ? Or are the DP the torpedo style ?

All I know is I love all that chrome !


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Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: frscke1] #746015
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Originally Posted by frscke1
Arnt they called Dolly Partons ? Or are the DP the torpedo style ?


Dagmar's is what I know them as, hence the magazine cover.

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Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #746094
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That is a wicked cool concept van.


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Re: The GMC L'Universelle Was a Unique Design Concept Model [Re: Dyno_Dave] #746122
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Wild design for that period!


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