Tuesday, September 29, 2020

SongSan SS Dolphin: the Chinese 1950's Corvette

 




The Song San SS Dolphin is an obvious replica of the 1st generation Chevrolet Corvette. 

Back in the '70s there were plenty of small US manufacturers turning out fake 1930's looking cars. Fiberglass reproductions of early Porsches. Or Cobras etc... That trend seems to have disappeared.
Not in China I guess.

I think this is actually really cool. Sure, there could be some design copyright issues. But I don't really care. I just think it would be really fun to see these driving around. The powertrain is a small 1.5 Liter Hybrid. Which makes the whole idea even crazier. 
These guys also showed their SS Summer model. (HERE) Which is that VW bus copy I was mentioning earlier. 
Both cars are probably based on the same platform and use the same Hybrid system.
(And it looks like they also share their dashboard)

These 2 would make for quite a fun, weird and oddball 21st Century garage.
In a Nissan Figaro sort of way...



I also love how they advertise the car on their official website.
Using pictures of American celebrities driving the original 1950's Chevrolet Corvette, in movies or real life. With total disregard for any copyright laws on earth. 
Just imagine any US or European brand using photos of George Clooney, Tom Cruise, or Johnny Depp without even asking (At least I don't think they did...)

It is so crazy it's actually funny...


4 comments:

Carl Sandstedt said...

Actually it's the second generation Corvette. Can't say it's original, but I'd love to see this thing sold. This and the Stingray are the only two 'Vette's I've ever liked.

Anonymous said...

finally done right an american icon that was great looking and like all american products , pure and utter junk!!!! now it will finally have communistic quality. well done

celt_jochanan said...

It is crazy how intellectual property considerations are wildly ignored there. I've enjoyed your many posts featuring myriad Chinese automotive knockoffs of varying quality and style!

P.S. the (HERE) link to the retro SS Summer Van needs fixin'.
Your long time reader,

Celt

Vince Burlapp said...

Thanks ! I fixed the link.

I think China has never been part of international copyright laws. (They never signed the agreements that most countries did) Many manufacturers have tried to sue but most have lost. Except, I seem to remember, Ranger Rover. Or Porsche. They sued and actually won a case. I think....