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The fallout from the reveal of the all-new Tesla Cybertruck is still being felt. Some love it. Others despise it. It is wedge-shaped - but it's not the first production vehicle to feature such styling... Image Credit: Supplied

Back in November, Tesla rolled out the Cybertruck and for some, it caught the eye due to its strikingly angular design. It looked like it was straight out of Eighties sci-fi films, but, this is not anything new - wedge-shaped vehicles have been around for decades. Although some love Elon’s latest EV, others hate it. We’re reserving judgement until sometime in 2021 when the first units hit the road but, it gives us a chance to look back at several iconic-looking vehicles that may or may not have served as inspiration for Musk and co. The angular theme may be all-new to automotive novices but it actually dates all the way back to the Seventies thanks to Italdesign and many of its exotics built by some of the most famous carmakers in the world. So, if you thought the Cybertruck featured a completely revolutionary design, you’re wrong and here’s proof!

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The CitiCar, built by US company Sebring-Vanguard between 1974 and 1977, was a pure EV. Image Credit: Supplied

1974 CitiCar

It had two things in common with the Cybertruck – an angular design and electrification. The former may not be a big deal but the latter sure was because this little thing came out all the way back in 1974 when EVs were rare. Very, very rare. Built by Sebring-Vanguard until 1977, it was inspired by the fuel crisis at the time and sold pretty well with a total of 4,444 units built. That was the highest number of EVs assembled in North America until the Tesla Model S came along...

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Even compared to its Miura predecessor the Countach was unusually shaped, but it worked. Image Credit: Supplied

1974 Lamborghini Countach

This iconic Italian supercar premiered back in 1974 and looked otherworldly; penned by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, it left many wide eyed – and that was before the cool scissor doors opened skywards!

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The Lotus Esprit launched in 1975 with dramatic wedge styling penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign. Image Credit: Supplied

1975 Lotus Esprit

Launched in 1975, it boasted a dramatic wedge-styling which was the creation of Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign. Elon Musk loved the Esprit – in fact he even wrote on Twitter that his Cybertruck was influenced by the custom-built submarine version of the Lotus in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me". Musk even went on to buy the car turned submarine back in 2013.

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Literally everything went wrong during the production of the DeLorean - but its stainless steel-body ensured eternal fame... Image Credit: Supplied

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

Best described as a successful failure, it was the creation of former General Motors head honcho John Z. DeLorean. Due to mismanagement, financing from a drug deal gone awry, and inexperienced Irish factory employees, it faced major problems from the start but the stainless steel-bodied car, a creation of Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign, was simply gorgeous. It grew even more popular thanks to the Back to the Future franchise.

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Built on a Dodge Dakota chassis, it sported unusual proportions thanks to its shortened bed and "cab forward" design. It never made it to production... Image Credit: Supplied

2000 Dodge Maxx Concept

Shown at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show, it was hailed as a "Passenger Priority Truck" and featured unusual proportions what with its shortened bed and "cab forward" design. Maybe not as radical-looking as the Cybertruck, but it sure upset and angered true truck folk…

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The unusual inclined profile on the sides and oddly-shaped rear windows were just two styling elements that turned away some old school truck buyers but it was still a sales success... Image Credit: Supplied

2006 Honda Ridgeline

The first-generation model sure got people talking because it didn’t even look like a pickup! Apart from the radical styling, there was no traditional body-on-frame chassis either (and it had a segment-first fully independent suspension). In spite of its unusual inclined profile and weirdly shaped rear windows, it lasted until 2014 and was a sales success.