Consumers determine whether or not a concept car makes it to the production line. If the public determines a concept vehicle is hideous, chances are the automakers will scrap it and eat the millions of dollars it spent on design and engineering. (Of course, there are always a few Pontiac Aztecs that slip through the cracks).
Over the years, radical concept cars (read: ugly cars) have graced the floors of both small and large showrooms, like the Detroit Auto Show and the New York Auto Show. Some of these concepts are long forgotten while others still haunt our nightmares. In either case, we thank our lucky stars that they never made it to production. Let's have a look at the 23 concept cars that we're glad remained concepts.
1957 Aurora Safety Car
No, this wasn't the inspiration for Benny the Cab from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This is the 1957 Aurora Safety car, a concept that was equal parts terrifying and innovative. Many of its features, such as its collapsible steering column, shock-absorbing bumpers, and seat belts, eventually became standard safety features in all cars after its debut. Luckily, its design was never standardized.
2005 Fiat Oltre
This Fiat Oltre is like that skinny kid who was sick of getting picked on in school, so he started chugging tons of Creatine and pumping iron until till he got kicked out of the gym. This obvious Hummer clone was actually a Fiat concept vehicle back in 2005 when the automaker wanted to expand their image. I think we can safely say that they failed.
2005 Ford SYNus
If the zombie apocalypse happens, we may be singing a different tune, but, for now, the SYNus belongs on this list. Built as an armored car for everyone, the SYNus had protective shutters for the front and side windows, presumably to keep the daily bullets and the undead from infiltrating the cabin. At least its massive LCD flat screen and pivoting seats allowed you to defend yourself in comfort and class.
1961 Chysler Turboflight
If someone where to build a car using only spare parts from a junkyard, the Chrysler Turboflight concept is probably what it would look like. This concept was yet another “peek into the future” during the '60s. By today’s standards, this concept is ridiculous, but it was super-high-tech back then, thanks to its auto-opening roof for "easy access," turbine engine, massive rear stabilizers, and air brakes. Though many features on the Turboflight made their way into mass production in other cars, this horrific car never made it into production line itself. So it wasn't a total loss.
Source: Hemmings Daily