Thanks to our US sister site Design News for this one, in its coverage of the recent Maker Faire 2009.
“Oakland blacksmith, metal fabricator and sculptor Jon Sarriugarte took an inexperienced team of metal workers and built the Snail Art Car but the concept didn’t originate with Sarriugarte. It was his wife’s idea. ‘We were driving in the desert,’ he said, ‘and she said she wanted a snail car.'”
“The original idea was to create the car’s body in fiberglass but one morning at breakfast, the project suddenly gelled in Sarriugarte’s mind and he quickly drew the concept for a riveted and welded metal snail body on a napkin. Then he bought a partially restored 1967 VW bug from a seller on Craigslist for $400; he sold the body for $200 and he ended up with a low-priced, fully functional chassis and drive train for the Snail Art Car.”
Check out the article, but cover your eyes when it comes to the subheadline… Ess-car-go*
What would it be like to ride such a beast? Check out the video below (shame it isn’t of the car itself)
* Not to be confused with the Nissan Escargo
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