Automobile manufacturers every year come up with astounding designs and features to capture the market. But, there are some cars that are not mass produced, even if they are, there is a doubt they might really get that market acceptance.
Anyway, they stand out for their unusual look and weird designs.
Below are the top 15 weirdest cars in the world
Eight-Wheel Sedan Toyota – $6,000
The 8-Wheel Sedan Toyota is a build that shouldn’t be judged on the implicit value of its modifications, but considered instead as an art piece—an exploration of what can be done, when we abandon all preconceptions of what a car should be.
Hailing from West Java, Indonesia, this build is the creation of Roni Gunawan, who owns the local Gemah Ripah taxi company.
It reportedly cost about $6,000 to buy one.
1948 Tasco – $632,000
This 1948 Tasco was made under a short-lived brand called The American Sports Car Company — the car’s name is an acronym for the manufacturer.
It cost about $57,000 to build (that’s the equivalent of about $632,000 today), which explains why it never went beyond the prototype.
BMW Isetta – $31,390
The GINA Light Visionary Model is a fabric-skinned shape-shifting sports car concept built by BMW. GINA stands for “Geometry and functions In ‘N’ Adaptations”.
2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
The 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model concept came from BMW design director Chris Bangle, famous for upsetting the German automaker’s design standbys with hard geometry and chunky body parts.
Here, he covered the car’s exterior in polyurethane-coated spandex that would shift according to the car’s aerodynamic needs at the time.
1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe – $3 million
The original example of the 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Compétition Coupé Aerolithe, which debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1935, was lost after the unveiling — the popular explanation is that Bugatti disassembled it for parts to make the Type 57 production car that followed.
The model on display is a recreation produced in 2007, based on recorded specs, photographs, and an oil painting by a Bugatti engineer.
The multi-million recreation, the Bugatti Aerolithe, is on sale and expected to fetch more than $3 million.
1962 Peel P50 – $120,000
Produced by Peel Engineering Company, the microcar earned the Guinness World Record title of the smallest production car. It weighed 123lbs.
The car had no reverse gear and was manually manoeuvred using the rear handle. Also, the mono-eyed little car could only sit one pax and a grocery bag.
A 1963 Peel P50 microcar – the world’s smallest passenger car – has sold for £111,000 in a British auction.
1953 Firebird I XP-21
The design was impressive to kids, that is. Otherwise, the style was impractical. The jet fighter on wheels had a bubble-like canopy and a single-sit cockpit.
Assuming the front end was the hood, the car looked like a giant bullet on wheels with the exhaust pipes mimicking an airplane’s engine.
1932 Ford Speedster – $770,000
The 1932 Ford Speedster, packing a flathead V-8 engine, came with a starter button, decades before the feature became standard automotive fare. The low, long roadster was the brainchild of Henry’s son Edsel Ford and designer Eugene Gregorie.
Designed by Bob Gregorie, who worked directly with Edsel on the project, the 1932 Ford Speedster sold for $770,000 on March 12, 2016, at an auction.
1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo
From the side view, the body seems to have been mounted on a bow-like chassis with a canopy-style glass shield sliding to allow entry into the cabin.
There’s more weirdness in this one- all the four wheels were partly covered. From far, you’d confuse it for a spaceship.
1974 Vanguard Sebring Citicar – $6,900
The Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar emerged in the ’70s, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, Sebring-Vanguard had sold more than 2,000 of these wedges and was the sixth-largest U.S. auto manufacturer by 1975. Before the current EV trend, it was one of the biggest EV efforts the country had ever seen.
The Vanguard Sebring Citicar has a mediocre performance of 36 mph. Its production was stopped in 1979, and this one remains a historical relic with the emergence of electric cars.