A little known piece of history seldom told is this; turn of the century artists, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, and Pablo Picasso started designing automobiles early in the 20th century. They collaborated with early European auto pioneers "Fábrica Hispano-Suiza de Automóviles" as well as others. This design is one of their later design initiatives. Known as the 1910 Cubist, we can see their use of Ochres, Umbers and "Natural" Colours as well as the sharp clean edges that spawned the later "DADA" movement. Clearly this design can be seen to overlap boundaries of style and even compare to the modern auto: even 100 years later!
The most interesting phenomina concerning this early design may be the synchronous design that has occured in of all places, urban Japan! This "new design" was recently spotted posing beneath the Tokyo Tower in front of an Edo period Ginga. The similarities are striking- to say the least! But we'll just have to chalk it up to happenstance. Pure coincedence!