Journal: See Through 12 Of The World’s Most Iconic Cars

See Through 12 Of The World’s Most Iconic Cars

By Michael Banovsky
November 5, 2015

It takes great skill and a lot of time to peel away the layers of a machine and put everything together again, but it’s not an impossibly difficult thing to do. But imagine you’ve got to illustrate an entire vehicle by relying—much of the time—on photographs. That’s the easy part: the difficult part is in somehow figuring out how to show the viewer what’s behind the bodywork.

Cutaways are best viewed large, in this case, with your nose pressed against the screen: it’s all about the details. Here’s what some iconic vehicles look like underneath. (And if you’re into this sort of thing, start with this massive thread on the Autosport forum.)

1. Porsche 935/78 “Moby Dick” by Shin Yoshikawa (pictured above)

2. Maserati Birdcage Tipo 60/61 by Makoto Ouchi

3. Aston-Martin DBR4-250 by Clarence LaTourette

4. Lotus Type 63 by Bruno Betti

5. 1963 Brabham BT3 by Gordon Bruce; Sports Car Graphic, March, 1963.

6. Porsche 906 Carrera 6 by Takashi Jufuku

7. Peugeot 205 Turbo T16 by E.T.A.I. France

8. Toyota 2000 GT by Shin Yoshikawa

9. Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Spider by Clarence LaTourette

10. Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo 1 by Giulio Betti

11. Ford GT40 Mk. IV by James Allington

12. Land Rover Series I by Giulio Betti

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John Lawson
John Lawson(@john_lawson)
2 years ago

As a technical illustrator myself I love seeing these artworks still being appreciated and used for new models. Now they are being animated and made interactive. My career was launched by my college thesis Ferrari 308GTB and only last year I completed a McLaren F1 for an owner.

Andreas Woithon
Andreas Woithon
3 years ago

The Land Rover is a Series III, not a Series I. The side panels are round, the dashboard is in front of the driver and more details show that.


Ric Johnson
Ric Johnson(@ericjohnson)
5 years ago

I wish the other two James Allington cutaways from the 1967 season had been included; the Chaparral 2F and the Ferrari 330P4. These three prints were on offer from Shell gas stations and I’m fortunate to own full size authorized reproductions of all three.

Severne Johnson
Severne Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Ric Johnson

I was working at Kar Kraft in 1967. At the annual Ford motorsport banquet that year in Dearborn, the placemats were the cutaways of the Ford, Ferrari and Chaparral. I kept a set for many years until I had to downsize.

Momo guy
Momo guy
5 years ago

Something seems to be wrong as i count 10 pictures and eleven vehicle names?

5 years ago

I think that’s a BRM not a Brabham.

5 years ago

I have a bunch of Shin Yoshikawa prints in my shop. He was actually the first person to “own” my Alfa Romeo Junior Z – he was working at the Zagato factory at the time. His drawings are insanely precise – hand drawn and communicate a sense of the volume and feel of the subject. There’s emotion embedded in the technical. Something you don’t get in “3D” renderings.

Dan Picasso
Dan Picasso(@foiledagain)
6 years ago

The Guilietta Clarence LaTourette drew up there is redolent of Rex Burnett’s work that one could find in the early days of Hot Rod Magazine. Beautiful, clear work.

Shame there are no examples here of David Kimble’s work. He lives a couple towns over; I paid him a visit a few years back. Brilliant work and at the time and perhaps still he was doing it all by hand with airbrush.

5 years ago
Reply to  Dan Picasso

Yeah! I came in here expecting some Kimble myself. Fantastic stuff!

Aaron Hillsdon
Aaron Hillsdon(@aaronhillsdon)
6 years ago

Those Betti illustrations are something else, aren’t they? I’ve got a whole stack of old Quattroruote magazines that are filled both with his works and those of his younger brother, Bruno.

Bram Van Houten
Bram Van Houten(@fb_1020477274681952)
6 years ago

This isn’t a Series 1 Land Rover. the ‘barrel side’ waistline on the side of the vehicle was introduced on the series 2 models bij David Bache in 1958.

Jarrod H
Jarrod H(@derelict)
6 years ago

I would even argue that it is a Series III due to the gauges being located directly behind the steering wheel, instead of in the center of the dash like on Series IIs. That, and the cowl on the steering column.

Bram Van Houten
Bram Van Houten(@fb_1020477274681952)
6 years ago
Reply to  Jarrod H

Yup, the dash is series 3. And the indicators.

Nicolas Moss
Nicolas Moss(@itsnicolas)
6 years ago

Hrm… 12 cars, 12 months. Egads! I’d love to have a wall calendar of these! Put please please please make the calendar 36″x24″, or larger!