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20 Extreme Historical Vehicles That Made Us Say 'Whoa'

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From inflatable rescue planes to personal helicopters and road-legal cars so tiny they can be driven indoors, this list showcases some of the most bizarre contraptions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

For every widely produced vehicle or aircraft, there are many prototypes that never made the cut. The interwar and Cold War periods in particular saw many imaginative designs tested out. Some of the featured vehicles performed well enough but never entered mass production, while others were just a little too bizarre to ever work. 

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  • 1. Vespa 150 TAP, A French-Made Anti-Tank Motorcycle Developed For Use By Paratroopers In The 1950s

    Photo: R.I.V.A.R.S. Registro Italiano Veicoli Abitativi Ricreazionali Storici, foto di C.Galliani / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0
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  • 2. Krupp Kugelpanzer, A Spherical One-Man Tank Built By Germany In WWII. Little Is Known About How It Worked, Due To A Lack Of Surviving Records

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  • 3. Japanese War Tuba, Used In The 1930s To Detect Incoming Aircraft Before The Invention Of RADAR

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  • 4. Aero Spacelines Pregnant Guppy, A Gigantic Cargo Plane For Transporting Especially Large Items, Used To Ferry Components For The Apollo Program 

    Photo: NASA/DFRC / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain
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