Four wheels are too few…

As a toddler, whereas going by way of a particular concern of Auto-Journal from the Nineteen Seventies, I encountered a loopy machine. A totally unimaginable English convertible: Panther 6. What was particular about it? Four wheel entrance axles, versus two on the rear, for a complete of six. As F1 Tyrrell P34.

Its designer, Robert Zankel, pushed the delusion too far: underneath the hood, there’s an 8.2 l Cadillac V8 fed by two turbos. Power? 600 hp prime velocity? 320 km/h. Zankel admitted that this was purely theoretical. Only two copies of the Panther 6, launched in 1977, have been produced.

The two Panther 6s have been assembled within the Nineteen Seventies and so they nonetheless exist. Interesting, is not it?

A little bit later, I found one other six-wheeler, extra modest, however which hallucinated me simply as a lot. Renault 5 by Leotard. This time, there are two rear axles, plus motors. Because sure, this R5 is a 6×6. Extended and raised, it could swallow a load of two.4 m3 within the vary of 700 kg. Its designer meant it for administration, police, hearth brigade, even Samu, however it didn’t work.

The fault stands out as the worth, double that of an R5 Alpine. Too dangerous, as a result of Renault has velocity! A couple of will stay. De Lyotard didn’t provide you with the thought of ​​”multi-rolling” alone. He labored with T.C.

For this photo of the Renault 5 the holy effect de Leotard transforms into a 6x6!  It was introduced in 1979.
For this photograph of the Renault 5 the holy impact de Leotard transforms right into a 6×6! It was launched in 1979.

The latter made itself comparatively well-known by increasing the Citroën DS at will, the primary of which was marketed in 1973. Also geared up with six wheels and two non-motorized rear axles, it retains all of its hydropneumatic suspension. Equipped with an enormous rear platform, it’s due to this fact an unbelievable tow truck, nearly insensitive to load. A van is derived from this, which could be very appropriate for quick supply, over lengthy distances.

Later, in 1977, the identical course of was utilized to CX, a number of enlarged copies of which have been used to provide a very good a part of the French press at night time, particularly to the expatriates within the Netherlands. These six-wheeled CXs have been used as touring automobiles, camper vans, ambulances… there’ll even be eight-wheeled variations.

Tissier converted the Citroën DS and CX into quick delivery vehicles with six (sometimes more) wheels.  This 1982 CX was sold by Artcurial in 2019 for €9,536.
Tissier transformed the Citroën DS and CX into fast supply automobiles with six (typically extra) wheels. This 1982 CX was bought by Artcurial in 2019 for €9,536.

The technique of doubling the rear axle was additionally utilized to the legendary Citroen C15. Produced by industrial coachbuilder Chausson, which not exists, the C15.6 was designed by… de Lyotard. At 4.84 lengthy, this utility accommodates 4.2 m3 of cargo, within the one tonne vary.

Its advantages? It’s decrease, so it would not improve gasoline consumption too a lot or lose further velocity whereas braking higher than the unique mannequin. 100 automobiles have been constructed, then used as vans, tow vans…

De Lyotard teamed up with coachbuilder Choisson to produce this six-wheeled C15 (C15.6) in the 1980s.
De Lyotard teamed up with coachbuilder Choisson to supply this six-wheeled C15 (C15.6) within the Eighties.

Let’s return to England, the place the very unique Wood & Pickett Bodywork has created a six-wheeled model of the Range Rover. Extending by 45 cm, this evolution combines nice à la carte luxurious (the inside might be remodeled into the model of the Rolls, upholstered in leather-based and embellished with wooden) and helpful quantity. The spare wheel is driving solely as a complement, and its vary Rover SD1 has the luxurious of creating graft projectors!

What could be more glamorous than going hunting in Wood & Pickett's 6x6 converted Range Rover?  Maybe don't hunt…
What may very well be extra glamorous than going looking in Wood & Pickett’s 6×6 transformed Range Rover? Maybe do not hunt…

Still throughout the channel, William Townes, a really prolific designer (he labored at Roots, Rover and Aston Martin the place he designed the longer term Legonda), determined to replace the Mini Moke within the Nineteen Seventies. He designed ultra-modern bodywork, geared up with all corners and large bay home windows.

This makes the Hustler launched in 1978 a package automobile (dwelling assembled) accessible in two variations. Hustler 4, with 4 wheels, and 6… with six wheels. William Townes bought the kits at his dwelling and is alleged to have produced a number of hundred. Later, manufacturing can be taken over by Interstyle.

Designed by William Towns, the Hustler is a mini Moke of sorts with a futuristic body... and six wheels!
Designed by William Towns, the Hustler is a mini Moke of kinds with a futuristic physique… and 6 wheels!

More just lately, in 2013, Mercedes-Benz AMG left observers speechless. How? Its indestructible all-terrain makes a 6×6 model of the G-Class. At 5.87 meters lengthy, this sand cruiser (as a result of it’s meant for the Gulf market) nonetheless weighs 3.85 tons, which is pulled by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 with 544 hp. (760 Nm torque).

More than 100 models have been manufactured until 2015 We see considered one of these G-Classes within the movie Jurassic World: Considering the present ambiance, this 6×6 dinosaur made in Magna-Stair, Austria!

When it comes to delirium, we're not the last at Mercedes-AMG.  Witness, this G63 has been transformed into a wonderful 6x6!
When it involves delirium, we’re not the final at Mercedes-AMG. Witness, this G63 has been remodeled into a beautiful 6×6!

All the automobiles we now have talked about are homogenized and marketed for the highway. But there may be one final, very well-known, that we should point out: DS “Mill Pats”. This time, it is a prototype made by Michelin, which it should solely use on its Ladoux observe. Its mission: complete and secure testing of truck tires.

Between 1970 and 1972, we labored on this enormous DS geared up with no much less… ten wheels! It carries two V8 Chevrolet 5.7 l round 200 hp that comes with an entire vary of engineering and measurements to achieve 180 km/h. The machine continues to be there, within the Michelin Museum.

Delirium Citroën signed?  No, a test vehicle built by Michelin in 1972 to test truck tires.  Officially, it is called DS PLR (Poids-lourd Rapide).
Delirium Citroën signed? No, a check automobile constructed by Michelin in 1972 to check truck tires. Officially, it’s known as DS PLR (Poids-lourd Rapide).

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