Management consultant guru Peter F. Drucker once said, “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” Since the dawn of the automobile in the early 20th century, automotive designers have endeavored to do just that. They’ve used the automobile as a canvas to realize their most creative imaginings, accommodate the needs of the public, or address the environmental concerns of society.
Not all of their creations resonate with the public. Some of the designs that might have seemed brilliant in concept became some of the automobile industry’s oddest creations in reality. Here are history’s strangest car designs.
With the new year comes the lineup of major auto shows, including the Chicago Auto Show, one of the nation’s oldest, which takes place in February. As the car world gears up for the next big thing, 24/7 Wall St. has taken this opportunity to compile a list of history’s weirdest-looking cars.
Artistic movements like Art Deco played a role in the curvy shape of the vehicles like the Norman Timbs Special, as did rocket imagery in the 1950s on Chrysler’s (Ghia) Streamline X “Gilda.” Designers also responded to the needs of urban life and the environment by making ever-smaller and odder cars, some with just three wheels. Some small cars such as the Mini Cooper found lasting fame as four-wheel stars in movies. These are the most iconic cars in film.
To be included in our list, we focused mostly, though not exclusively, on vehicles that could be purchased by the general public. We also included some concept cars as well as cars in limited production.