Automobiles are often expressions of one’s taste and style, although most of us are limited to a budget. However, some car enthusiasts, engineers and designers take things to another level and allow their imagination to take the best of them. Take John DeLorean, for example, who was once called the Auto Prince by People Weekly.
If you think that’s strange, you got another thing coming. Feast your eyes on the creations below.
10. Dream Car 123 – The Pyramid Electric Car
This auto inventor had a vision that most others would never have dreamed up, which is probably why it is called the Dream Car 123. Inventor Greg Zanis created this futuristic electric auto to act like a tank and look like something someone would wear or win on a game show like “Let’s Make a Deal”. According to a report in Oddee.com, the auto weighs 8,000 pounds, stops and turns instantly and only takes 3.5 hours to charge.
This funky-looking auto was being touted as the first “energy-autonomous” car, because it includes a solar panel and a wind turbine for its power. It can also be recharged via an electrical outlet, to boost its lasting power. The energy from the elements can only power the car up to 14 miles per energy-charged day.
8. 1938 Buick Y Job
This 1938 Buick Y-Job is a good example of a concept car and was built at General Motors’ plant in Detroit, Michigan. It was never intended to be mass produced, but instead used as an model to test new ideas. Harley Earl was GM’s first design director and this beauty was made under his direction. The integrated fenders and hidden headlamps were new concepts that were integrated into Cadillacs and Buicks in later years.
7. 1967 Dodge Deora
This Deora looks like a futuristic El Camino, and was designed as a pickup. The front end of the vehicle looks very much like the rear end of many cars because there is no visible hood. Detroit’s Alexander Brothers were responsible for this design that was promoted as the pickup of the future, according to an article in Popular Mechanics.
6. 1942 Oeuf Electrique
The literal translation of this French-named car is “Electric Egg”. It was designed by Paul Arzens, from Paris, whose career background was in designing trains and painting. He ultimately decided to try his hand at designing cars and came up with this bubble-like three-wheeler that ran on batteries. The bubble top was constructed from aluminum and Plexiglass and curved by hand, rather than machine.
5. 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo
Ferrari is known for their sleek concept cars and this unusual-looking one was created for the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. This Ferrari Modulo was designed by Paolo Martin of the famous Italian Pininfarina group, that Ferrari often pairs with. Its top speed is 220 mph and it is so low to the ground and aerodynamic that it gets going from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds.
4. 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe
This 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe was introduced at the Paris Auto Show. Its back half resembles a Porsche 911 while the front half looks like an old fashion roadster. The back wheel covers are classic and the details are complete luxury.
3. 1948 Tasco
Originally, this auto was made by The American Sports Car Company and later coined TASCO, which is its acronym. German designer Gordon Buehrig, was inspired by WWII fighter planes, and was meant to be a sports car. It is the first car-ever to sport a T-top roof and the interior dash panel resembles that of an aircraft.
2. 1910 Brooke Swan Car
The notable thing about this car is that they cost three times as much as a Rolls-Royce back in 1910. The high price came with its own set of luxury amenities and accessories, such as gold leaf accents, Indian silk upholstery, shoots out boiling water from its beak and leaves faux excrement from the rear.
1. 1956 Buick Centurion
This 1956 Buick Centurion was ahead of its time, as its features were so forward-thinking. The front-seats automatically slid back for ease in entering and leaving as soon as the door was opened. Plus, it included a screen on the dashboard that helped the driver see what was behind the vehicle from the rear-view camera. The two-door, four-seat concept car sported the dual paint colors, which was very popular in the 1950s. The bubble roof was cockpit style, giving this auto a futuristic appearance.