FRANKFURT – The year was 1997. The place was the international auto show in Detroit. To Martin Smith, the Mercury MC4 concept car was the standout car of the show. Mark Adams Smith, then working for Audi AG, sought out the car’s designers, Mark Adams and John Hartnell (who, sadly, died last year) to discuss the now nearly forgotten MC4. "It was way ahead of the others," Smith recalls, "In the wheel arches and side crease, it (was) like our mainstream models today. Adams' ...

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