Gearheads thin to grin and motion knowingly erstwhile we spot an different car. It’s thing that doesn’t hap very often these days because weird cars are seldom income magnets. Even if they do make it to production, they’re usually met pinch criticism.
Having said that, immoderate overseas vehicles connected this database sold successful nan tens of thousands. You still won’t spot them coming unless you sojourn a car museum. Let’s look astatine 24 of nan oddest cars ever produced.
We emotion them because moreover nan bad ones correspond personification imaginative and courageous capable to spell against nan tide. The champion featured clever engineering and innovative tech that everlastingly changed nan automotive scenery.
The Mitsuoka Le-Seyde looks weird, but dive a small deeper, and things go moreover stranger. It reminds america of immoderate older kit cars, but there’s besides thing uniquely JDM astir it. There’s a logic for that.
Mitsuoka based nan Le-Seyde connected an S13 procreation Nissan Silvia – we stake you didn’t spot that 1 coming. We’re not wholly judge whether it retains nan S13’s fantabulous handling, but watching it get sideways astir a racetrack would beryllium hilarious.
The Chevrolet SSR is simply a retro-styled roadster sports motortruck aliases thing on those lines. No 1 knows who Chevrolet tried to target erstwhile they came up pinch nan thought because it doesn’t activity arsenic a truck, and it’s conscionable arsenic bad arsenic a sports car.
You whitethorn deliberation that nan 5.3-liter V8 that delivered 300 horses would astatine slightest make it nosy to drive, but you’d beryllium wrong. It’s surely an oddball, and arsenic pointless arsenic nan SSR is, it’s still benignant of fun.
The BMW Isetta provided Europeans pinch a compact metropolis car. While nan premise of nan car was good, nan Isetta was still very odd. BMW apparently made astir 160,000 of these, truthful location was a marketplace for them.
Far from a driver’s car, nan Isetta offered a mini single-cylinder motor mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. The apical velocity was conscionable 53 mph, but considering nan occupants are sitting correct down a level solid front, moreover that is excessively fast.
The Mini Moke was a quirky car built by nan British Motor Company. If you squint, it benignant of resembles a Willys Jeep that shrunk successful nan car wash. Or it could beryllium an oversized play cart. Even nan heaviest versions ne'er weighed complete 1,300 lbs.
The Mini Moke was successful accumulation for 29 years, and BMC built astir 50,000 cars during that period.
2001 Renault Avantime
The Renault Avantime is simply a sporty minivan – nan cleanable conveyance to bring nan kids to school… isolated from it only has 3 doors. At slightest it packed a superior punch, acknowledgment to its 207 horsepower V6 engine.
The Avantime isn’t for everyone. It’s 1 of those vehicles you either emotion aliases hate. Most group weren’t fans because Renault only sold 8,000 units betwixt 2001 and 2003.
Daihatsu introduced nan Bee successful 1951. It was nan carmaker’s first rider car built for nan public. The three-wheeler surely stood retired from different vehicles connected Japanese roads.
The Daihatsu Bee utilized a rear-mounted 18 horsepower 0.5-liter 2-cylinder motor to get around. We’re not nan only ones who deliberation nan Bee is conscionable excessively odd, arsenic Daihatsu struggled to find buyers for it. Production ended aft they’d built 300 cars.
The Suzuki X-90 is 1 of nan weirdest SUVs we’ve ever seen. It’s portion subcompact, portion sporty convertible, and portion SUV. Mix them each together, and nan consequence is not good.
The X-90 wasn’t practical; it lacked storage, it wasn’t sporty, it didn’t grip well, and pinch only 95 horsepower, it was slow arsenic well. Suzuki has done exceptionally good pinch their different models, specified arsenic nan Samurai, Jimny, and nan Swift Sport, but nan X90 wholly missed nan mark.
The Vanguard-Sebring CitiCar was undoubtedly an overseas creation. This polygon-shaped electrical car hit nan Tesla Cybertruck to nan punch by respective decades.
Vanguard built nan CitiCar for 2 people, and a 36-volt powerfulness battalion drove nan 2.5-horsepower electrical motor. Surprisingly, it managed to deed a apical velocity of astir 28 mph.
William Bushnell Stout designed nan Stout Scarab to maximize abstraction truthful it could transportation up to 6 passengers – for illustration a minivan of sorts.
The Scarab utilized a Ford V8 motor that sent its powerfulness to nan rear wheels. The assemblage is agelong and streamlined, making nan Scarab look for illustration immoderate benignant of insect. It was a applicable and innovative vehicle, but there’s nary denying it’s much than a small odd.
2017 Karlmann King
The Karlmann King looks for illustration nan automotive type of nan F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber. It would beryllium awesome if it were invisible to radars and velocity cameras, but that isn’t nan case. Then again, nan King whitethorn person a 6.8-liter V10 that produces 400 horsepower, but it only manages a apical velocity of 87 mph, truthful avoiding speeding tickets should beryllium easy.
The Karlmann King’s deficiency of velocity is because of its excessive weight – a whopping 10,580 lbs. That’s what happens erstwhile you worldly an SUV afloat of things that beryllium successful your house. It has a fridge, java machine, flat-screen TV, and a bunch of different stuff. That’s 1 measurement to warrant its almost two-million-dollar value tag.
In nan early 1900s, automobiles and planes were caller and exciting, truthful it was only a matter of clip earlier personification mixed nan two.
Frenchman Marcel Leyat thought putting a elephantine propeller astatine nan beforehand of a car was a bully idea. Not only was it an overseas design, it was downright deadly successful traffic. We can’t thief but wonderment why this creation grounded to return off.
The Clan Crusader had an unfortunate name, and its styling was besides questionable. It did person immoderate things going for it, though. Thanks to its revolutionary fiberglass monocoque chassis, it only weighed 1,356 lbs.
The engines were conscionable 875cc and produced 51 hp, truthful moreover pinch it being lightweight, it wasn’t a rocket. It took 12 seconds to deed 60 mph.
1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt
The Chrysler Thunderbolt gives a full caller meaning to nan building “built for illustration a freight train.” We don’t cognize really coagulated it was, but it looked for illustration a train.
The train-like style wasn’t nan only point that made nan Thunderbolt special. It featured hydraulically powered windows, and nan doors and pop-up headlights were button-operated.
1959 Cadillac Cyclone
From a train-shaped car to 1 shaped for illustration a rocket ship. The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone was built astatine nan tallness of nan abstraction race, and aliens had apparently collapsed successful Roswell conscionable a decade earlier. It’s safe to opportunity that Cadillac was connected to thing here.
Thanks to its bubble canopy, nan driver besides had a 360-degree position of nan roadworthy and surrounding traffic. However, nan Cadillac Cyclone did travel pinch a terrible drawback. On a sunny day, occupants were cooked wrong nan car.
Amphicar 770 Convertible
The Amphicar was nan cleanable conveyance for car and vessel enthusiasts connected a budget. There was nary request to salary for a spot astatine nan marina. Owners didn’t moreover request a trailer. Just thrust from nan car shed astatine location and into nan nearest assemblage of water.
Unfortunately, nan Amphicar 770 wasn’t peculiarly bully astatine either of its roles. It was so a amended vessel than a car, but moreover then, it didn’t steer peculiarly well.
The Brits emotion their three-wheelers, and nan Morgan 3-Wheeler is arguably nan champion of nan bunch. With a twin-cylinder motorcycle motor up beforehand sending its powerfulness to nan azygous rear wheel, it’s overseas but cool.
The Morgan 3-Wheeler doesn’t return itself seriously, and we for illustration that. It’s a nosy car that’s guaranteed to put a grin connected nan driver’s look connected a sunny day. On cold, rainy days, nan communicative whitethorn beryllium very different.
Messerschmitt is astir apt astir celebrated for its WWII planes, but nan institution still needed to make immoderate money aft nan Germans mislaid nan war. Messerschmitt thought it was a bully thought to commencement building cars.
The three-wheeled KR200 surely looked strange, but that didn’t extremity it from trading 40,000 units. A mini 9.9 horsepower motor powered nan KR200, and it deed a apical velocity of 56 mph.
Norman Timbs Special
There are nary prizes for guessing that nan 1947 Norman Timbs Special was built by a feline named Norman Timbs. The mechanical car technologist was based successful Los Angeles and had antecedently worked pinch nan Tucker Corporation.
Norman spent much than 3 years perfecting nan Special. He built nan stylish, streamlined assemblage from aluminum, and it didn’t person immoderate doors. Sadly, nan Norman Timbs Special was destroyed successful nan Malibu fires successful 2018.
Chrysler (Ghia) Streamline X ‘Gilda’
The Streamline X ‘Gilda’ was built astatine nan petition of Chrysler executive Virgil Exner. Chrysler didn’t want to beryllium known for boxy cars anymore, truthful this task was meant to show nan world their existent capabilities.
Gilda sewage its nickname from nan 1946 movie starring Rita Hayworth, and it featured immense fins, a mini cockpit, and a two-tone overgarment job. The designer whitethorn aliases whitethorn not person gotten his inspiration from a animation spaceship.
The Reliant Robin has endured decades of insult successful English popular culture, to nan constituent that it’s affectionately referred to arsenic nan ‘Plastic Pig.’ The Reliant Robin was ne'er arsenic prone to tipping complete arsenic definite TV shows would person you believe, but we shouldn’t fto facts get successful nan measurement of a bully joke.
The Robin was produced for 30 years, truthful it was surely popular. The Reliant Motor Company was moreover nan 2nd biggest UK-owned carmaker for immoderate time.
It seems venturing down nan automotive way was celebrated for German craft manufacturers. Heinkel was different institution that dabbled successful microcars. The Heinkel Kabine had a doorway connected nan front, conscionable for illustration nan Isetta, but nan driver could besides get successful done nan apical of nan car.
The Kabine did person 1 characteristic that astir different microcars could only dream astir – a reverse gear.
The Peel P50 is successful nan 2010 Guinness Book of World Records arsenic nan smallest accumulation car ever. The Peel Engineering Company, located connected nan Isle of Man, built this mini three-wheeler from 1962 to 1965. They only built 50 cars during that time.
It wasn’t convenient successful immoderate measurement unless you’re very anti-social and want to debar people. There wasn’t room for thing but nan driver and 1 shopping bag.
Ferrari 512S Modulo
The Ferrari 512S Modulo looks for illustration it belongs successful a cartoon. The wedge-shaped assemblage is low, and a canopy-style solid tile slides guardant to fto nan driver successful aliases out.
With each nan wheels partially covered, nan car resembles a hovering spacecraft. Its V12 motor provides capable powerfulness to accelerate from 0 to 60 successful 3 seconds, and it continues until it hits nan 220 mph apical speed.
Gordon Buehrig designed nan American 1948 Tasco sports car. For immoderate reason, it featured airplane-inspired controls. However, that wasn’t nan only innovative point astir it.
The Tasco was nan first car to travel pinch a T-top roof. Since he owned nan patent, Buehrig sued GM erstwhile they utilized nan aforesaid creation connected their 1968 Chevy Corvette. The Tasco besides had immoderate weird instrumentality covers to trim resistance and summation nan speed.