The history of designing automobiles is characterized by extremely bold attempts to create something bigger, stronger or just more bizarre than the ones that came before them. But sometimes, these attempts result in not so successful models, but nonetheless cool.
Here are some examples. Enjoy!
This particular model was designed by Toyota and it was named Setsuna. Even if it doesn’t look like the common cars, this one is an awesome looking wood concept car.
The 1936 Staub Scarab was designed by William Stout who was initially working as an aircraft engineer. With this aluminum body, the Staub’s main purpose was to integrate luxury and leisure into transportation.
THe 1942 Oeuf Electrique is French for “the electric egg”. The model was designed to have only three wheels and run solely on batteries even after the appearance of gasoline as the main way to power cars.
The 1947 Norman Timbs Special is truly an extraordinary automobile because no other car looks like this vehicle. The attached cockpit in the front and the harmonious curves make it all special.
1953 General Motors Firebird 1 XP-21 was fundamentally a jet fighter with four wheels and a bubble cockpit. This model is one of the vehicles that influenced the development of supercars.
The 1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Streamline X “Gilda” can be easily recognized from the 1946 Rita Hayworth movie. Also, one way to determine the time line of this model is looking at its fins. This particular trait was usually found in the 1950s.
The 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo gets its name from the design company, Pininfarina. Also, this car was not designed for beauty and looks, it was built in this aerodynamic shape for the speed.
The 1970 Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero is a unique car. One particularity that makes it stand out from the crowd is that it has small and narrow windows and doors. At that time, pilots were forced to enter the vehicle through the window.
A more recent model, the concept for the 2001 BMW Gina Light Visionary Model came from Chris Bangle, the design director for BMW. Bangle was known for creating automobiles that looked very sharp, geometrical and chunky.
The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Car was revealed for the first time in 2010 at Geneva Motor Show. This model led the later development of the hybrid Porsche that is today.
The first concept for Bugatti Type 57S Compétition Coupé Aerolithe was first unveiled in 1935 at the Paris Auto Show. This model was disassembled and helped to create later derivations of this model.
What is so outstanding about this model, except for the obvious reason, is that the 1932 Ford Speedster came with a starter button long before this feature became a standard one.
The 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne was designed by Gabrielle Voisin who, at first, made airplanes. After the First World War ended, he turned to producing cars.
The 1948 Tasco is yet another car inspired by the fighter planes of the World War II. This car was produced by The American Sports Car Company.
The 1951 GM Le Sabre is the one vehicle that led to the later models of automobiles. It had also a wraparound windshield with a sensor to indicate when it was raining in order to raise the convertible’s top,
The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt’s curves were inspired by streamliner trains. The vehicle was one of the first to have power windows and one of the last to resemble Art Deco designs.
The 1956 Buick Centurion is considered a step forward when it comes to space and driver’s visibility. The bubble cockpit became larger and it allowed the driver and the passengers to have an unobstructed field of vision.
The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone is a unique car. When you look at the black cone, you might be tempted to believe that is the car’s headlight. But in reality, the vehicle had car crash-avoidance systems.
The 1938 Buick Y-Job is considered one of the most important concept cars of all times. Designed by Harley J. Earl, the vehicle had power-operated hidden headlamps and electric windows.
The 1951 General Motors Le Sabre is another concept car that revolutionized the car industry. This vehicle can be considered one of the most important show cars of the 1950s. Why? Because it introduced aircraft-inspired design elements such as the tail fins.
The Alfa Romeo BAT is an Italian concept car. These cars resulted from the collaboration between Alfa Romeo and the Italian house of design Bertone. Three types of vehicles were produced: BAT5, BAT7 and BAT9.
The Ford Nucleon was a concept car produced by Ford in 1958. It was designed as a future nuclear-powered vehicle.
The Dodge Deora 1964 was a car way ahead of its time. Its odd design is meant to resemble a cab-forward van pickup concept.
Chevrolet Aerovette was first produced in 1973 and was considered a show car. The Chevrolet Corvette has been in continuous production since 1953 and it managed to spawn multiple concept cars, including the Aerovette.