Over the years, auto companies have come up with glitzy concept cars that looked great, but just never became a reality. Whether it would cost too much, or the companies just didn’t think it was worth investing that much time into production, these cars stayed strictly models.
I remember becoming a huge fan of the VW Beetle when I was in the eighth grade. There was a Volkswagen dealership on the way to school, and they had tons of the new Beetles. While I never followed through and bought one, VW did design the Microbus, which is one of my favorite concept cars that never saw the light of day.
The Microbus was being designed to benefit off the sales of the Beetle. There were countless fans of the Beetle that signed up to purchase the Microbus. The only problem for VW was before production ever finished, sales of the Beetle in the United States dropped and VW gave up. If they couldn’t sell the Beetle, they must have felt they wouldn’t be able to sell the Microbus.
TVR Cerbera Speed 12
This might be one of the coolest looking cars never to be made. Also known as the TVR Project 7/12, this car features a 12 cylinder engine that can reach 240 MPH. TVR eventually scrapped the project when they decided that it was not a car that could be driven anywhere but on a race track. They took it as a difficult endeavor to sell a car that couldn’t be driven.
This car was initially brought into the mix in 1991. The idea for the car was way before its time and that’s the main reason why it was never produced. Originally unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, the Avus was the first ever car made with an aluminum body. Delivering 509 HP, the Avus can be, “considered one of the most stunning concept vehicles in the modern history of the automobile.” (Car body design)
The 021c was another car that may have been introduced too early. Debuting at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, this Ford seats four and features a futuristic look. The tail lights have the look of the newer Ford Mustangs. The Automotive Design Resource said, “The philosophy behind the 021C lays the foundation for new generation of Ford vehicles which will appeal to a new generation of consumers into the 21st century.” This holds true with the overall look of the 021c. I look at this car much like I do the car that Homer Simpson designed in the Simpsons. Very flashy and futuristic.
This car isn’t my personal favorite, but the idea behind it is certainly innovative. Introduced at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, the three-seater Pivo rotates 360 degrees. Looking at it brings thoughts of alien spacecraft to mind. Featuring an oversized windshield with windows to match, this concept car allows the drivers to see all around the vehicle with literally no blind spots. Nissan unveiled the second installment of the Pivo in 2007, but no progress has been made in mass production.
“Audi Avus,” Car Body Design
“Ford 021c,” Automotive Design Resource