Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Ugly Concept Cars


Concept cars are a way that automotive companies test new technologies and gage public reaction to new models. There have been some pretty weird designs that have never been adopted. Check out some of these funny concept cars...

The Batmobile

The racy Batmobile from the 1960's TV show, 'Batman,' started off life as a concept car. The Lincoln Futura was hand built in Italy for auto shows in 1955. People loved the design when it was shown but the fins and canopy remind us today that 1950's automotive stylists were heavily influenced by a Buck Rogers-like thing for rockets and jets.


Ford Nucleon


A nuclear powered car sounded like a good idea at the time. Thankfully, Ford never built it. In 1958 they showed off a scale model of what a nuclear powered car might look like. They hadn't attained the technology yet to shrink a reactor and put it in the trunk...


It's a bird! It's a plane? It's a...Flying Car?

People stuck in rush hour traffic have always dreamt of the futuristic day when they could press a button and wings would emerge from their auto and they would be airborne. While some flying cars have been built, most have been prototypes...


The Taylor Aerocar
Fender Benders in the Sky...


A 1973 AVE Mizar proved that the Ford Pinto was just as
 dangerous in the air as it was on the ground.

1965 Wagner Aerocar
And the Audi Calamaro proves that designers still want their cars to take to the sky.
2005 Mercedes-Benz Bionic

The Bionic is probably the first car to be inspired by a fish. And not even a particularly sleek fish, mind you: The boxfish...


1999 Honda Fuya-Jo


With a name that means, 'sleepless city,' the Fuya-Jo was a concept to ferry ravers around from one dance club to another. It even had a steering wheel that resembled a turntable. If the Mercedes Bionic was influenced by a fish, I think this car was inspired by a 1980's movie robot...


2005 Peugot Moovie


An electric car, this is one design that you may eventually see more and more of as city cars gain in popularity. It may be ugly but it's easy to park and can turn on a dime AND has zero emissions...


We cannot doubt that the future will bring more and more ugly car prototypes. But these eyesores are a necessary evil as auto makers hammer out the bugs to bring us cars that are more aesthetically appealing...