Nixie tube dash and LED lights set off retromod
Built from an original Pony by Hyundai designers
The Hyundai 45 Concept, now turned into the Hyundai Ioniq 5, is intended to be a bit of a callback to the Hyundai Pony. But what about a real Hyundai Pony that’s been modernised and converted into an EV? That’s exactly what the company’s new customer center in Busan has done, making a super cool restomod EV.
It was posted to Instagram by a Hyundai designer, but Car and Driver got the inside scoop. The project was lead by Hyundai cheif interior designer Hak Soo Ha, who aid that the team took apart a real first-gen 1970s Hyundai and started from there.
It didn’t take much to turn the shape that was first shown in 1974 into something modern and special. Pixel LED headlights front and rear are meant to look like the Ioniq 5’s offer some cool lighting signatures.
The source says that the fender-mounted mirrors are video cameras to add to the futurism, though what electric powertrain was picked to underpin the car wasn’t revealed. Take a look at the interior for an even more amazing blend of new and old with Nixie tube instruments, a classic steering wheel that’s been beought right up to date, and other cool touches.
It’s just a one-off, so you won’t be getting this in your driveway any time soon. Then again, if you have the budget you could take it as your inspiration. The car will be on display until the end of June at the Hyundai Motorstudio in Busan, Korea, and if they want to send it on a longer journey we’d love to see it.
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