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2011-09-27 09:18

TRANSPARENT: Workers put the finishing touches to a transparent Isuzu KB in Gauteng.

Visitors to the General Motors stand at the Johannesburg International Motor Show will be able to experience an under-the-skin view of the popular Isuzu KB bakkie.

A transparent version will enable visitors to see the inner workings of the vehicle; unlike traditional vehicles with cutaway sections, the special-edition KB has 11 body panels replaced with transparent acrylic mouldings.

The process involved taking a set of 11 precise moulds of the required panels from a standard Isuzu KB. These moulds were then used as the forms for the acrylic panels with special attention to placing panel joints to ensure a seamless transition of the panels over the body.

Blue accent lighting has been  provided to highlight the various technical features.


A transparent bonnet and side panels provide a detailed view of the engine. The see-through door panels offers views of safety features, including crash protection beams, window lifters and locking mechanisms.

Likewise, the load box and tailgate were deconstructed and modelled in acrylic to provide an insight into the rugged construction of these elements, together with the chassis and driveline which are normally hidden from view.

The KB transparent project was designed and manufactured by a local bodywork specialist in Nigel, Gauteng.

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