renaud marion floats classic cars above the ground
renaud marion floats classic cars above the ground renaud marion floats classic cars above the ground
nov 15, 2013

renaud marion floats classic cars above the ground

air drive by renaud marion
all images courtesy of renaud marion




french photographer renaud marion has captured surrealistic scenes of iconic, classic cars hovering just above the ground, seemingly materializing in an imagined retro-futuristic cityscape. situated in front of contemporary architectural sites, garages, and residential structures, the sleek cruisers float on the street, likening themselves to the aerocar that the animated TV family ‘the jetsons’ used for their work commute. the ‘air drive’ series includes a hot-red jaguar e-type, shining silver mercedes-benz 300SL gullwing coupé, and mint green mercedes-benz 190SL that drift in place. the recognizable automobiles represent a time when cars were regarded as highly stylized symbols of society, with vibrantly-colored hues and crafted exterior details. the latest images are the second installment in marion‘s ‘air drive’ series, which was previously covered by designboom here.



a neon blue mustang hovering above the surface of the street



shining silver mercedes-benz 300SL gullwing coupé floats above the ground



a minty mercedes-benz 190SL drifts in place



a red porsche 356 rests above the ground



the floating car parked in a garage



hovering above the surface of the snow

  • The last two cars are a Lincoln Continental Mark III — hard to tell the year, but 1969-71 — and a 1967 Mercury Cougar, sometimes mistaken for a Pontiac GTO (similar grilles). Odd choices, by the way: Both from the the era of the actual Jetsons cartoon program, and neither looking particularly futuristic. An AMC Gremlin would have been perfect.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • I hope a new concept will be born out of this. I’ve got the picture after the first series. The 190sl still got wheels in the glass of the building by the way.

    Ro says:
  • fun and funny

    Ron Smith says:

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