In today’s earlier blog, I mentioned how the purist modernism that dominates architecture never found its way into the automotive industry.

There were, though, a couple of conceptual attempts by architects and modernists to refine the car. Le Corbusier – who thought the man in the street should live in a ‘habitation unit’ 10 floors up – had a go himself.

Le Corbusier’s car was quite a severe geometric exercise that was a sort of halfway house between the 2CV and Beetle, though it pre-dated prototypes of both by a decade and quite possibly influenced both.

A rather more cutting edge concept was Buckminister Fuller’s Dymaxion car. An architect and author, Fuller is probably best known for inventing the geodesic dome and was widely celebrated for his inventiveness, originality and his pioneering ideas around sustainability.