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Elon Musk took to the stage last month to unveil the new Tesla Cybertruck, a polarising EV. It has a unique trapezoidal design that's unlike anything that at least I've seen before outside of sci-fi movies. Some people even started saying that it looks like something Elon would've approved when he was high. Well, I don't blame them. The design speaks for itself and it made a hell of an impact, but I am not too sure if I like it. Sure the launch event was fun to watch. In fact, I'd say it was hilarious, really, because of how the window glass shattered. I am just not too sure about how the vehicle itself looks. Don't get me wrong, I like weird and crude automotive designs, but the Cybertruck? Nah. Turns out, Elon Musk or his team at Tesla didn't actually come up with the design from scratch. It looks like Cyberduck's design is an inspiration, and it's a heavy one at that. Here, I present to you, a 40-year-old concept by Curtis Brubaker. © Tesla Motors Club Curtis Brubaker, for those of you who don't know, is a very prominent kit car designer who has some marvelous designs to his name. So recently when I was scratching my head to figure out just how Musk would've come up with such a striking and raw design, I came across this. Look, I am not directly saying that Elon Musk and his super talented team have ripped off an old design. But I won't blame you for thinking so. The resemblance is uncanny, right? It's not futuristic, it's a clear ripoff of legendary automotive kit car designer Curtis Brubaker, who made that design over 40 years ago. Source: @JasonTorchinsky pic.twitter.com/k6hAexd8jI — Dan Mosqueda (@Mosqvich) December 8, 2019 So the design that you see above is a 40-year-old kit car concept. Brubaker churned that one out back in 1978, which, as you can see was clearly way ahead of its time. It's actually the predecessor of "UrbaCar", a very unique kit car that was even featured in a 1975 Mechanix Illustrated magazine. I mean, just look at it. It looks like a scaled-down version of Cybertruck in Yellow. © Mechanix So Brubaker's original design shows a car that transforms into a truck. It's similar to how the Cybertruck can have a sliding cover. Heck, his design even included a ramp that slides down from below. If you don't believe me, then you can check out the page of the Penthouse magazine from 1978. Look, there were a lot of problems with the original concept design and we can see most of them being reflected on the new Cybertruck design too. We did a detailed story on that a while ago and you can read that one right here. But as weird as it may look, there's no denying that the Tesla Cybertruck is quite something in its class. I mean, the specs are impressive and it has a lot going for it, like the armoured body, windows, and what not. Elon even confirmed that a modified version of the vehicle will be the official Mars truck. View the full article