Automobiles are often expressions of one's taste and style, but most of us are limited to the cost and availability of options. But for serious car enthusiasts, engineers and designers, the sky is the limit and is only stunted by one's imagination.
Take John DeLorean, for example, who was once called the Auto Prince by People Weekly, had a dream. The dream was to become one of the major auto manufacturers in the country and for a while, it looked like a possibility. The DMC-12 DeLorean was introduced in 1975 and was very futuristic-looking for the times with its stainless steel exterior, gull-wing doors and sporty features. Unfortunately, the dream died seven years later when the company went into liquidation. However, it became iconic when it was used as the time machine in the feature film trilogy Back To The Future, where it will remain a part of cinema history.
There are also concept cars that most high-end sports car manufacturers produce that are one-off and not intended for mass production. Concept cars are often used to test out new parts, shapes and sizes. Although many of them never see the light of day after their premiere, some of the ideas end up getting used on cars that do get mass manufactured. So they become helpful for the entire industry.
Our cover shot is one weird-looking auto - the Flatmobile - which is only 18 inches tall. The inspiration came from the Batmobile, according to Flatmobile's website, the car is powered by a home built gas turbine jet engine, which is at the rear of the car. The car's designer, Perry Watkins of Perrywinkle Customs, loves to build custom "crazy" cars since 1984. So by the time he developed the Flatmobile, he had already been an auto inventor for 23 years, which was created in 2007.
If you think this car is strange-looking check out our top ten picks 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. In fact, it looks like a spaceship from a 1960s science fiction movie.
8 1938 Buick Y Job
7 1967 Dodge Deora
6 1942 Oeuf Electrique
5 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo
4 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe
3 1948 Tasco
2 1910 Brooke Swan Car
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.
Sources: oddee.com, eightiesclub.tripod.com, popularmechanics.com, businessinsider.com, carsguide.com.au, en.wikipedia.org, conceptcarz.com, businessinsider.com4-5
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