Auto shows present a great opportunity for automakers to reveal their new line of cars to the public, but they also pave the way to infamy for car companies who debut ridiculous concept cars. Concept vehicles usually showcase future designs and upcoming technology, but sometimes they just make us wonder what these car designers have been smoking on the weekends. Do they really think these far out designs will appeal to humans with two functioning eyes?
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.
We can only imagine how this conversation got started. "You know what would be a genius idea? Inserting a small nuclear reactor into the back of a car."
Yeah... that sounds safe.Ford actually had this "unique" idea back in 1958 and it built a scale model to see if it was even feasible. Despite its zero-emissions status (well, except for the potential of a mushroom cloud), buyers for some reason never became comfortable with the idea of a nuclear plant strapped to their car. Wonder why?