Adams Probe 16: In “A Clockwork Orange,” the Oscar-nominated sci-fi film directed by Stanley Kubrick, the character Alex DeLarge and his gang wreak havoc in a memorable scene featuring a sleek sports car called the “Durango 95.” In reality, this futuristic vehicle is the M505 Adams Brothers Probe 16, crafted by Dennis and Peter Adams, former employees of Marcos exploring avant-garde automotive design.
The Probe 16, showcased at the 1969 London Motor Show, stood out at just 34 inches tall with a unique sliding glass roof replacing traditional doors. Its interior resembled a jet fighter cockpit, yet beneath the striking design was a practical 1.8-liter JanSpeed-tuned 4-cylinder engine from BMC. The car boasted a transverse layout, a 4-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and disc brakes.
Despite winning “Best Styling Exercise” at the Motor Show and producing three units, only two Probe 16s are confirmed to exist today (chassis no. AB/2 and AB/3). Contrary to previous beliefs, the prototype survived and is owned by songwriter Jimmy Webb, while AB/4’s whereabouts remain unknown. Whether it’s the mystique of the “Durango 95” in “A Clockwork Orange” or the real-life rarity of the Probe 16, it’s a concept car that seems destined for the roads of the future.