Hooniverse Asks: What's the craziest vehicle you've seen on the road?

Because we love cars, we are always on the lookout for something interesting. Sometimes we find it. Sure, there are way crazier cars than the Lambo I wrote about yesterday, but to me that Lambo was special. It wasn’t special because it was a Lambo, it was special because it was 30-something year old that was still running well enough to be driven frequently. It wasn’t a garage queen or a half-assed project. It was original and it looked great. 
What we’re asking today is what is the one vehicle that you have seen on the road that really surprised you? Not because of it’s price, it’s design, or build, but by the fact that it was so out of its element? 

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39 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What's the craziest vehicle you've seen on the road?”

  1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    I saw the Big Banana Car on the Ohio Turnpike once.

    1. Fred Avatar

      I’ve seen the wiener-mobile a couple of times. Doing promotion work in a parking lot is one thing, but seeing it cruise down the highway is pretty weird.

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      I’ve ridden in it, and of course chatted with the owner. He does drive it (no trailer queen here) everywhere on its tours, and there’s a set of rain gear he travels with, so he can wear it in inclement weather.

      1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

        And it gets driven a lot, based on the number of times I see sightings posted online, and where in the country those sightings are.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    One Sunday morning, on the way to church, spotted a Lancia Aurelia. After church, went to some friend’s house for lunch, they lived on Aurelia Drive.

  3. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    When Cars and Coffee first started (the newport coast show, not the Irvine show), I’d occasionally see a Cizetta Moroder driven to and from the parking lot.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I first read about the Cizetta in an April issue of Road & Track. They tested it before the V-16 engine was working by coasting it down a hill. I was convinced the Cizetta Moroder was a made up car for a R&T April Fool’s joke.

  4. nanoop Avatar

    Earlier this year, cycling to work, a faded yellow truck with yellow light bar, a fantasy sign on the door, and two red flotation devices mounted in a very handy way in the bed passed me. The faded yellow is telling me that it’s a Baywatch tribute from the 90ies.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Of all things, the yellow calipers on a red car do bother me more than is reasonable.
      Btw, I’ve been in that same spot, and posted a couple of photos about it, too.

      1. nanoop Avatar

        What’s wrong with banana brakes? Nutritious, easy to obtain, and built-in wear/ripeness indicator.

    2. Tamerlane's Thoughts Avatar
      Tamerlane’s Thoughts

      Are these out in the market?

      1. Steve Scarpato Avatar
        Steve Scarpato

        It must be, it had regular Russian License plates!

      2. Kamil K Avatar

        Yes, they’re building them like crazy. More on Lambo factory soon-ish, only Hooniverse-ish!

  5. Kevin Curry Avatar

    Next door neighbor has an F40, craziest I’ve seen on the road was a Bugatti Chiron.

  6. 0A5599 Avatar

    I saw a daily driver-quality Cord 810 (original 1930’s vintage, not one of the continuation run). It happened to be at a car event, but according to the sign in the window, it is indeed a daily driver.

  7. mdharrell Avatar

    About 35 years ago I saw Tucker #1046 being driven southbound on I-5 near Cottage Grove, Oregon, back when it was painted gold and was mostly a Mercury under its skin.

    Tucker 1046

  8. Batshitbox Avatar

    The craziest vehicle of any type? A BMW motorcycle with a flatbed sidecar with a dirtbike standing on it, driven by a man with a beard and the biggest grin you ever saw. That was coming at me on California’s Pacific Coast Highway around Big Sur back in the ’90s. (Okay, there’s a slim chance it was a Ural.)
    For four-wheelers, I saw a Plymouth Superbird toodling around Acton, Massachusetts back in the ’80s.

    1. Vairship Avatar

      The craziest I saw was definitely the “CAFLY”. Having seen it at a car show, I was amazed to see it entering the freeway a few months later. Yes, that big “parasol” on top is meant to stabilize the vehicle AND act as an air brake… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5773da5f601e0b5f261360c759665d754c168720cd954497ec1b2a0d5340aa0a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/663d3f5564b72f0f19c4ae59dabbfd673c5ee6ac2fea7005953edf4a80eb3070.jpg

  9. tonyola Avatar

    A black 1938-1940 Cadillac V16 town car – basically identical to the pictured Caddy.

  10. Monkey10is Avatar

    10 years ago I often used to walk past one of the swanky London hotels on Park Lane. There were often Ferraris or Rolls parked outside (often with Dubai license plates) — nothing much newsworthy.
    But I was literally stopped in my tracks when I walked around the corner and saw parked in front of the hotel: The Range Rover ‘Range Stormer’…
    This was a concept car/show car built to tease the idea of a ‘Range Rover sports coupe’; an exciting concept that a couple of years later produced the very disappointing Range Rover Sport. The Range Stormer wasn’t a driveable prototype — just motor show eye candy. So how was it now parked in front of me in Mayfair, orange metallic paint, scissor doors and all?
    Later internet research told the story: A wealthy Dubai royal had tried to buy the Range Stormer off the car show display stand — disappointed to hear it was only a styling exercise, not a runner and definitely not for sale. So they went to a company that customised Land Rover products and commissioned a small handful of Range Rovers to be converted as running replicas of the concept.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Almost Sultan of Brunei levels of crazy!

      1. Monkey10is Avatar

        (Later on yesterday I discovered this photo that was further down the google images page I had taken my first image from. It seems I wasn’t the only person to spot the Range Stormer in London that day…)

  11. Manic_King Avatar

    Street parked Maserati Bora in Soho of London UK. WRC rally cars during slow transfer to next special stage. Bikes racing on forest road where Joey Dunlop died.

  12. Alff Avatar

    Living in So Cali and Seattle, and being a lot boy for a collector auction, I saw a lot of cool stuff. The most striking, though, came after moving to KC. In was passed on the interstate by a heavily modified 1932 Studebaker racer. About 45 minutes of Goodling I found it. Old Indy racer.

  13. hwyengr Avatar

    They hadn’t hit megabuck values yet, but I saw an F40 hauling ass on IL-83 in the western suburbs of Chicago in the super early 2000s.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      I saw what must have been the same one in the same place a year or two ago. probably second place on mine, after the F50 I saw cruising Central London at night with my cousins as a kid.

        1. hwyengr Avatar

          Was that close to Hinsdale? There’s an official Ferrari dealer on Ogden, so it’s got to be related to them.

  14. Lokki Avatar

    I saw this a few weeks ago as we were exiting Monza after the Italian Grand Prix a few weeks ago.
    Pretty sure it’s an authentic GTO….

  15. Lokki Avatar

    Oh, and the streets of London are full of ridiculous stuff when the Oil-Kids are in town. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a21c1a446c4cdc5922f6b9a8af7c62f9af211e33a34a3d123e7705e5d3c6493.jpg

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      As much as I can appreciate the tech and engineering behind these, seeing them in traffic always comes with a bad taste. Sometimes, the bad taste found its way onto the order sheet, too.

  16. outback_ute Avatar

    1920’s Bugatti Type 35 (I think) ‘getting some attention’ on the side of the highway in Queensland about 12 years ago.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      My guess is a Type 37A.

  17. delhard Avatar

    Some years ago I saw a Maserati MC12 driving around a residential neighborhood in Calgary.

    1. Bryce Womeldurf Avatar

      Close second might be this 1960 Chrysler XNR concept car and the Miura I saw Valentino Balboni driving. All of these were at Fernandina Beach, which kind of feels like cheating. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40bbc07570e92a84de045db7fffa3bc8b48bba59595976e4e7f6cf885eb80f99.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8b50a16e586c42c3e0976eca2aea877d6cd9f33da451a24de3e7a9cf559f4eaa.jpg