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30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

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How cool would it be to see a flying car on your way to work? Or drive past a car that has the ability to transform itself into a submarine?

If you grew up with an interest in cars, you probably imagined that these spectacular imaginations would one day become a reality, and in some respects, they really have! But we’re not talking about your everyday Ferraris and Lambos. While you might see a sleek or expensive vehicle that’s a little out of the norm, these supercars probably aren’t too dramatically different from what you’re used to. However, every so often, a car will make you look up and question if what you’re seeing is even real.

Here we look at a few of these unique vehicles.

1. 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

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Esteemed designers Pininfarina are known for producing many stand-out cars over the years, but the Ferrari 512 S Modulo car wasn’t even aiming for beauty, but it achieved it anyway.

Through sheer excellence, the sleek prototype, which was designed for the 1970 Geneva Motor Show by Paolo Martin, sees a canopy-style glass cover most of the front and sides whilst its V-12 engine allows for top speeds of 220 mph. The car has since been sold to the American entrepreneur James Glickenhaus, who plans to restore it back to life.

2.  1970 Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

From one Italian giant to another, the Lancia models of the ’70s were known for being characteristically stylish and eye-catching, but the 1970 Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero was a concept car that spawned the original Lancia Stratos.

However, while the automotive brilliance of this concept is visible, at just 33 inches tall, drivers only means of access was through the hinged windshield.

3. 1932 Ford Speedster

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

While the Model-T remains Henry Ford’s most celebrated automotive invention, the 1932 Ford Speedster aimed to attract a different type of consumer. Upping the ante, the Speedster was decorated with a flathead V-8 engine and a now-customary sports car starter button. This feature was the first of its kind and it was decades before other manufacturers cottoned on.

This low-flung speed bemouth was imagined by Ford’s son Edsel and designed by Eugene Gregorie.

4. 1959 Cadillac Cyclone

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

This glorious piece of 1950’s design was one of the first cars to instal a system prevalent in many modern-day vehicles. Indeed, the pointy black cones weren’t just a cool set of headlights. They had a useful- and back then- highly innovative feature. If you haven’t already guessed it, they were actually the car’s crash-avoidance system, a technology now known as cruise control.

If the car came within close contact to an oncoming object, it would trigger a series of warning lights and a loud-pitched beep. If that wasn’t enough of a warning, the car even had the ability to automatically apply the brakes. Both in appearance and in design, this was a car that certainly ahead of its time.

5. 1953 General Motors Firebird 1 XP-21

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

Now, this is one cool car. While today’s supercars are often celebrated and revered for their sleek exteriors and powerful V-12 engines, they are often nothing more than eye candy for those who can’t afford them, but the 1953 Firebird XP-21 was just one of many GM cars that went beyond the realms of automotive creativity at a time when cars where only just becoming a common form of ownership.

Just take the 1953 General Motors Firebird I XP-21, which was literally a jet fighter on four wheels, with a bubble cockpit to boot. With a turbine engine spinning a 26,000 rpm, this generated a remarkable 370 horsepower, a level of automotive force almost unheard of at that time.

6. 1942 Oeuf Electrique

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

The 1942 Oeuf électrique looks pretty much like the Smart Car, but this 1942 vehicle had had three wheels and was powered by batteries as opposed to petrol long before green visionaries like Elon Musk made them cool.

The designer behind this car, Frenchman Paul Arzens, painted railway locomotives before he moved into designing and painting cars such as the Oeuf, which is made of aluminium and a rare material of Plexiglass.

7. Phantom Corsair

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

This vehicle certainly looks fit for a Bond villian/1930’s Midwestern gangster, but the model itself probably didn’t intend to come across that way. Designed by Rust Heinz, heir to Heinz food empire, plans for prototypes of this car were thought to have first been drawn up in the early 1900s.

While Heinz probably wouldn’t be best pleased with having his premier design be compared to a gangster’s car of choice. he always intended to design something novel and unprecedented. However, Rust passed away in July 1939 before the car went into production.

8. Peel P50

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

Even those of a relatively small disposition would struggle to find comfort in the Peel P50, a car that was originally billed as the smallest microcar on the market. Designed to accommodate one driver and a small grocery bag, the Peel P50 was only manufactured in small quantity, so much so that there are only 27 of the original models in existence.

Due to such a low quantity as well as its unique size, Peel P50s can go for over $100,000 at auction. Its size was illustrated in the British television show Top Gear when it was driven into an elevator and around the BBC building.

Its relative size did have the issue of meaning that it lacked a reverse gear but it was so small, it could be physically picked up and turned around.

9. Stout Scarab

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

Constructed by William Stout in the 1930s and early 40s, the former Ford Motors executive was so enamoured with his design that he named the car after himself! But Stout had reason to be confident.

The Stout Scarab was the first of its kind to have an independent coil spring suspension in all of its corners. Pretty amazing stuff.

10. Davis Divan

30 Incredible Cars That Look Nothing Like Your Average Motor

A cartoonish three-wheeled automobile spawned by one of the innovative brains working at the Davis Motor Company of Los Angeles in the 1940s, only 13 vehicles of these prized cars were produced, a great shame when you consider the company became insolvent one year later.

Glen Davies was the mastermind behind the contraption of the car. It proved so popular that 300 preorders worth $1,500,000 were recorded. Sadly, the defunct company was unable to follow through on those orders.

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