When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his new Cybert truck with great enthusiasm last week, people did not stop talking about the sensational design. The model has since been compared to everything, from a waste container to an extractor hood. Is the design of the Cybertruck really that special?

The Tesla Cybertruck appears to be drawn with a ruler. You could call that futuristic, but it happened more often in the late 1970s and early 1980s. One of the best known examples of this is the Lamborghini Countach LP400 from 1974. Less well known but therefore no less startling: The Ferrari 512S Modulo from 1970.

The Lamborghini, designed by Marcello Gandini on behalf of design house Bertone, was most like a chisel. The Lotus Esprit, which was born in 1976, is another characteristic car. The sharp lines were best expressed in the so-called Series 3, which was launched in 1981.

Sources of inspiration for the Tesla Cybertruck?

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Paul Verhoeven film as a source of inspiration?

The design of the Aston Martin Bulldog study model was an extension of that of the Lotus. Everything about the car first shown in 1980, up to the exterior mirrors and fuel cap, was angular. Only the wheels, the steering wheel and the poker were round. With its gray-green bodywork, the Aston Martin still looks like the Cybertruck.

It is also not inconceivable that there was a poster of the Citroën Karin from 1980 in the design department of Tesla. The three-seater study model can best be described as a half-pyramid on wheels. Turn the front into the back and you have the silhouette of the Cybertruck.

The day after the unveiling of the new Tesla, the Twitter community was quick to point to vehicles from the Total Recall movie as a possible source of inspiration. The blockbuster of the Dutch director Paul Verhoeven from 1990 takes place in 2084 and a slew of angular vehicles passes by. Think of the blue robot taxi Johnny Cab, which the main character Douglas Quaid, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, uses.

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