The Most Unusual Cars Ever Built
Here’s our collection of the most unusual concept and mass-produced cars ever built. Check them out.
1. Tyrrell P34 (1976)
Tyrrell P34 was a Formula One race car also known as the “six-wheeler”.
2. Lancia Stratos Zero (1970)
The Lancia Stratos 0 (or Zero) was a concept car with futuristic bodywork designed by Marcello Gandini, head designer at Bertone.
3. Bisiluro Silver Fox (1967)
The car designed by O.S.I. (Officina Stampaggio Industriale SpA) has been split into two separate ‘hulls’, drastically reducing your packaging options, and completely obliterating chassis rigidity.
4. Dodge Deora (1967)
Deora was based on a 1965 Dodge A100 compact pickup truck, but it was heavily modified by a Detroit-based custom house. The roofline was chopped, while the body was sectioned and channeled. One of the futuristic feature was the front windshield that would lift up allowing the driver and passenger access into the car through the front of the cab.
5. Ford Gyron (1961)
The car was a futuristic two-wheeled gyrocar with one wheel at the front and the other at the rear just like a motorcycle. It was stabilized by gyroscopes. Ford Gyron never passed the concept stage. It was only built for research and marketing purposes.
6. Simca Fulgur (1958)
The car was designed in 1958 and it was intended to show what cars in the year 2000 would look like. It was to be atomic powered, voice controlled, guided by radar, and use only two wheels balanced by gyroscopes when driven at over 150 kph.
7. Aurora (1957)
The car was manufactured by a Catholic priest Alfred A. Juliano. Aurora is often cited in lists of the ugliest cars ever.
8. Oldsmobile Golden Rocket Concept (1956)
Oldsmobile Golden Rocket was a gold colored 2 passenger car, which was styled to resemble a rocket. It featured unusal seating system in which a roof panel was raised and the seat was elevated and rotated toward the entering person.
9. El Chic-ito (1956)
10. Lincoln Futura (1955)
The car was built by Ghia entirely by hand in Turin, Italy, at a cost of $250,000 (2015 equivalent: $2,200,000). In 1966 the car was modified by George Barris into the Batmobile, for the 1966 TV series Batman.
11. General Motors Firebird 1 (1953)
The car was essentially a jet airplane on wheels.
12. Convair Model 118 (1947)
The Convair Model 118 was a prototype flying car. Two prototypes were built and flown.
13. Phantom Corsair (1938)
This six-passenger 2-door sedan is considered as the first futuristic car.
14. Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen (1938)
The Mercedes-Benz W125 Rekordwagen was an experimental, high-speed automobile produced in the late 1930s with a record of 432.7 km/h (268 mph).
15. Bugatti Type 41 Royale (1927)
The Bugatti Type 41 is a large luxury car built from 1927 to 1933 with a 6.4 m (21 ft) total length and 12.7 L straight-eight engine.