Very often, you walk down the road and go ‘Whoaaa‘ when you see a beauty of a car pass by. However, I’m sure you may have gone ‘Whoaaa…‘ seeing a disaster of a car on the road as well. Not judging a car by its performance, we at Read Scoops have compiled a small list of cars that we believe have some of the funniest designs.
Take a look:
1. Plymouth Prowler
The Plymouth Prowler, later known as the Chrysler Prowler was probably one of the weirdest cars of the 1990’s, where cars were supposed to look very plain and dull, not flashy and PURPLE. Yes, the first Prowler came out in purple and was a retro-styled car.
The car was an adaptation of a concept car of the same name that was first seen in 1993, and had an overall production of less than 12,000. Indian businessman and liquor baron Vijay Mallya was one of the proud owners of this strangely made car.
2. Peel P50
When this car was originally produced in 1962, it was known as the smallest and probably one of the cheapest cars in the world as well, priced at around $16,000 only. However, these same original cars now can fetch you a bomb, with a recent 1964 Peel P50 going for a massive $176,000 at an auction in 2016.
After production for 3-4 years in the 1960’s, Peel Engineering started re-manufacturing the Peel P50 in 2010, and is ideal for not more than one adult along with a shopping bag. If you also look at the Peel Trident, it looks like a vehicle straight out of the futuristic cartoon show ‘The Jetsons‘.
3. Mahindra Reva
The Reva Electric Car Company soon came to be known as Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited. Electric cars do have a slightly different look, but this one surprised us all, looking like a vehicle straight out of the movie ‘Cars‘ with the headlights looking like big, round eyes, with a little smile below and I won’t be surprised if the Reva talks as well.
First going on sale in 2001 in India, Reva later went on sale in many countries all over the world, and the vehicle falls within the ‘heavy quadricycle’ category in Europe. A bigger and less hideous version of the Reva is now on the roads – Mahindra e2o.
4. GM Firebird I, II and III
Initially, I was going to only post a picture of Firebird I, which looked more like a plane than a car, but then I saw pictures of Firebird II and III, which were equally horrendous. The first version of these gas turbine cars had a single seat, but they later introduced passenger seats as well.
The Firebird series of cars lasted between the 1950’s and 1960’s, and the car designer is said to have taken inspiration from fighter aircrafts at the time. Not sure what General Motors was thinking at the time, but I’m glad these cars are not on the road 😛
5. Cadillac Cyclone
Here’s yet another concept car that was produced by Cadillac in 1959, and was famous for futuristic technology, using a radar to prevent crashes way back in that era. Although you wouldn’t want to be seen near this car, it was designed to keep drivers safe in the 1960’s.
Harley Earl, the same man who designed the Firebird series, also designed the Cyclone, but this car was never mass produced. The black pointy chunks you see where the headlights should be were the instruments to detect nearby objects and prevent crashes.
6. Peugeot Egochine (Concept car)
If you think the car designers were making all the huge mistakes only in the last few centuries, you’re extremely wrong as Peugeot came out with this concept car which looked less like a car, and more like my Gillette Mach 3 razor. No, they have no partnerships with Gillette at the moment!
I would think of being more practical when it comes to futuristic cars, and not having my wheels a couple of meters ahead of where I’m sitting. This 3-wheeled car has a look of a Formula 1 car as well, but I don’t think this Peugeot design contest finalist will ever make its way to the roads!
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