What automotive enthusiast can resist a well presented Concept Car? Concept Cars have been wowing automotive fans for decades. Offering up sleek lines, futuristic designs, inventive amenities and revisions of old classics, the Concept Car remains a favorite of the automotive enthusiast. But what about the models that never see the outside of the warehouse or showroom? Many of the best and brightest Concept Cars fail to launch, and remain hidden from the world. Read on for five of the best Concept Cars that never rose to their potential.
The 2000 Volkswagen Microbus
2000 was big year for Volkswagen. After releasing their wildly popular VW Beetle, the company decided to try to reintroduce another old classic: the VW Microbus. The VW Microbus was wildly popular at that year’s Detroit Auto Show. Success of reinventing the Microbus seemed assured, but it wasn’t to be. Although the VW Microbus was well on its way to production, it was soon halted because it did not fit the new CEO’s vision. However, you may not have seen the last of the VW Microbus. Volkswagen is planning on unveiling the new VW Microbus in 2013, with manufacturing to begin in 2014.
The 1938 Phantom Corsair
The 1938 Phantom Corsair is an excellent example of a Concept Car with miles of potential, that unfortunately, never seen the light of day. Considering the year that the Phantom was designed, it had some spectacular features. Some of the Phantom’s great features include a V8 engine, a primitive form of an airbag, and a climate control system. The Phantom Corsair was preparing to go into production when it’s designer, Rust Heinz, passed away.
The 1991 Audi Avis Quattro
The 1991 Audi Avis Quattro was a cutting edge piece of machinery that never reached production. Featuring an impressive 6 liter W-12 engine, and boasts engine speeds up to 211 miles per hour. Eventually the Audi Avis Quattro was considered too extreme for the road and Audi moved on to other ventures.
The Cadillac Sixteen
The Cadillac Sixteen is a great example of a Concept Car that is not only beautiful, but powerful. The Cadillac Sixteen boasts a V16 engine, plenty of giddy up, 24 inch wheels and luxurious interior, In the end it cost too much money to produce the Cadillac Sixteen, and Cadillac focused on more affordable models.
Chrysler Hollywood 300C
The Chrysler Hollywood 300C is an impressive automobile that is considered the height of luxury cars. The Chrysler Hollywood 300C design is similar to the limosines of the 1920’s. Featuring 22 inch wheels, suicide doors, leather interior and more. The Chrysler Hollywood is a great example of a luxury Concept Car that is built to impress at car shows, and nothing else.