Hooniverse Asks- What's Your favorite Too Outlandish to Produce Show Car?

Car companies hate auto shows. They’re expensive, and everyone expects something new and spectacular to debut there, even when it’s the Des Moines Dealer Round Up. Car makers and design houses are expected to come through on the goods however, and typically the largest of the automotive orgies provide them with the opportunity to flex their styling and engineering muscles – providing a possible glimpse into the future, or a far out representation of just how cool they think they are.
It’s those last dais darlings that we’re interested in today. The cars that are solitary plenipotentiary of a company’s hubris and wherewithal, but that are so outrageous and completely lacking in consideration of ergonomics, safety and usability that to drive one on the road would be tantamount to using a P51 to trim the hedge. Take the Bertone design fitted to Lancia’s Stratos pictured above. It’s lights will do an excellent job of illuminating the road – three feet ahead of you, while the wiper-less windscreen-cum-door means that rainy days and Mondays always get you down.
That’s just one example, there’s thousands more, from GM’s Motorama future-fests to Ford’s ruminations in Aerodynamic one-upsmanship, the Probe series. And in between, four door Ferraris, AC-based Ghias and a plethora of others, but none of them fit to roll out from in the spotlight to out under the streetlights. Which one of those dream cars fills your fantasies?
Image source: [automobilesreview.com]

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97 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What's Your favorite Too Outlandish to Produce Show Car?”

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Yea, that made it and the Ford Carousel didn't. Go figure.
      <img src="http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/1972-ford-carousel-minivan-concept-car-1.jpg"&gt;

      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        I just think that thing looks way cool. It's too bad Ford didn't make it.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          But, a miniature-sized van? Who the hell would buy something like that?
          <img src="http://gadgets.boingboing.net/gimages/mudmasterc.jpg"&gt;

  1. tonyola Avatar

    GM Firebird III. Nine fins, whitewalls, and a gas turbine. What else do you need?
    <img src="http://www.allcarcentral.com/GMC/GM_Firebird_III_1958_BPB0033_pb_2008.jpg&quot; width="500/">

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Fewer seats, less weight, and more power and lose the whitewalls.
      <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/FirebirdI.jpg&quot; width="500/">

      1. ptschett Avatar

        I'd rather have my turbine goodness in a hardtop coupe package.
        <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d1/Chrysler_027.jpg/800px-Chrysler_027.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

        1. tonyola Avatar

          Here's something cool – the Driver's Guide for the Chrysler Turbine. http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Chrysler

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      The Plymouth XNR scoffs at your silly bubbles and excess wingatude. THIS what the practical car of tomorrow looks like.
      <img src="http://www.moparstyle.com/wiki/images/5/5a/XNRj.jpg"&gt;

      1. Alff Avatar

        Daroo II finds your fins passe, and shudders at your lack of passenger comfort…
        <DIV style="OVERFLOW: auto"><img src="http://www.velocityjournal.com/images/full/2000/s00032301/dg1967dr01.jpg"width="500/"&gt;

      2. RahRahRecords Avatar

        there was thread on this over at slantsix.org last month around the time it's restoration was completed.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      This Mazda gets pointed up as a beauty all over the auto blogosphere. I just don't understand what people see. I think it's hideous.

      1. With.a.G Avatar

        For one, that warped eggcrate/ flame motif in the bodywork is exquisite, functional, and unique. For another thing, this actually runs and could perform quite well as an actual race car.

  2. Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr. Avatar
    Jennings R. Scroggs, Jr.

    Obvious choice is obvious
    <img src="http://www.ridelust.com/wp-content/uploads/1958_ford_nucleon.jpg"&gt;

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I came here to say that.

    2. IronBallsMcG Avatar


    3. Maymar Avatar

      Well sure, that sort of overhang would never work in the real world.

      1. Alff Avatar

        Yes, that is what killed the concept.

        1. JoeyM Avatar


    4. Feds_II Avatar

      You've already voted on that comment.
      (Close Message)

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Only if it makes the Jetsons noise and trails little bubble exhaust.

  3. Feds_II Avatar

    Dodge Razor. I was a 22 y-o single guy about to graduate with no student debt and a $55k/yr job lined up when this concept hit the show circuit. I would have pre-ordered.
    <img src="http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-2000-2003/2002-Dodge-Razor-FA-Beach-Man-Woman-1280×960.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. P161911 Avatar

      The Razor seems very similar to the 1997 Copperhead.
      <img src="http://www.scorpiocars.net/images/Dodge/1997%20Dodge%20Copperhead%20Concept.jpg"width=500&gt;

      1. ptschett Avatar

        And why must Dodge keep teasing us with concepts of inexpensive orange roadsters?!?
        <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Dodge_Demon_Side-Denver_Autoshow_2008.JPG/800px-Dodge_Demon_Side-Denver_Autoshow_2008.JPG&quot; width="500"/>

    2. Maymar Avatar

      Looking at it now, the Razor reminds me a lot of a smaller, cheaper Crossfire.
      Of course, with used values the way they are, cheaper Crossfire is sort of redundant.

      1. Feds_II Avatar


        1. Maymar Avatar

          And, if any Crossfire fans are reading this, I say cheaper Crossfire not as a statement of quality, but a celebration of the fact that it's an excellent car for little money given how it's been overlooked.

          1. Alff Avatar

            Are you trying to wake them up?

    3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      It's like a Saturn Sky mated with an Audi TT while fantasizing it was a vintage Vette.
      And I mean that in the very best way.

      1. patrick Avatar

        All of this is well and good, but did anyone get that girl's number?

  4. tonyola Avatar

    To think there was a time when we believed that we would actually be driving cars like this. Pininfarina Ferrari Modulo – 1970.
    <img src="http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01011/Pg249_-Ferrari-Pin_1011395i.jpg&quot; width=400>

    1. salguod Avatar

      I was just coming here to post this. Here's another shot:
      <img src="http://www.motorworld.net/gallery/data/530/Ferrari_Modulo_001.jpg&quot; width=500>

  5. dwegmull Avatar

    I was going to say this:
    <img src="http://www.skewsme.com/images/tomahawk2_e.jpg&quot; width =" 500">
    But then, I came across this: <a href="http://auto.niot.net/tag/tomahawk-motorcycle/” target=”_blank”>http://auto.niot.net/tag/tomahawk-motorcycle/

  6. P161911 Avatar

    Lincoln Futura, before Barris molested it.
    <img src="http://www.bat-mania.co.uk/main/vehicles/images/lincoln_futura.jpg"width=500&gt;

    1. Charles_Barrett Avatar

      …And before Batman molested Robin IN it…

    2. salguod Avatar

      I own the closest thing to a production version:
      <img src="http://www.salguod.net/gallery/1960_thunderbird_convertible/P1110638-photo.jpg"&gt;
      Folks have been know to shout "To the Batmobile!" as I walk to it in a parking lot.

  7. Maymar Avatar

    <img src="http://www.autospectator.com/uploads/Saab/Concept/AeroX/AeroX_opening.jpg&quot; /img>
    Partially for that door, partially for Saab's current financial situation.

    1. Lotte Avatar

      Thanks; I've just spent 20 minutes looking at videos of that cockpit opening and closing. Even now, it is still so cool!

    2. muthalovin Avatar

      They couldn't afford the parts for that door, sadly. I wish Saab the best, but damn, being in financial trouble sucks the big one.

  8. mdharrell Avatar

    As a rule I don't acknowledge the concept of "too outlandish to produce" but I must admit that the 1958 Arbel Symetric, although charming,
    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5245945268_a218b650d1.jpg&quot; width="400">
    might not be the best for mass-production, in light of its twin Genestatom nuclear fission units:
    <img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5030/5654222022_2904c13c63.jpg&quot; width="400">
    Pity, though.

    1. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
      mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      That's da bomb!

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Why not? I mean, they've certainly done a nice job of giving it a safe, rugged, heavily gussetted frame.

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        It's French.

      2. dmilligan Avatar

        Yes, it is severely overbuilt, isn't it?

    3. jjd241 Avatar

      That greenhouse looks like it was made for this guy…
      <img src="http://monroelab.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/this-island-earth-mutant.jpg&quot; width="300">

  9. SSurfer321 Avatar

    I believe there is still some discussion at Ford as whether to bring this to market or not. I say eliminate the Ford Edge and bring this back in limited production.

    1. $kaycog Avatar

      I'm all for bringing the Bronco back. I'm also thinking that my next vehicle will be an Edge.

  10. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Polaris Revolver.
    <img src="http://images.gizmag.com/gallery_lrg/6932_5030783203_4.jpg&quot; width="500">

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      Having driven a Can Am Spyder and a Piaggio MP3, I present you with Feds_II's Third Axiom:
      If you straddle it, and it doesn't lean, it has no business on pavement.

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Peugeot disagrees.
        <img src="http://www.babez.de/peugeot/quark/newtitel.jpg"&gt;

      2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Aprilia DOES agree with you, however. And they're 10x cooler than Peugeot and Polaris put together.
        <img src="http://static.carsculture.com/cache-image/520×350/2010/05/aprilia-magnet-concept-3.jpg&quot; width="480">

        1. Tiller188 Avatar

          Now THAT's an awesome-looking reclining bike. Time to trade up, Kaneda.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      If Cadillac insists on trying to reclaim their "Standard of the World" title, this is the exact type of outlandish they need.

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      I'll see your concept T, and raise you a BRAT Borrego
      <img src="http://archive.cardesignnews.com/news/2000/001110gm-concepts/images/chevy-borrega01.jpg&quot; width=500>

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        And the Pontiac Stinger ups the ante.
        <img src="http://poze3.autobook.ro/poze/pontiac/1989-pontiac-stinger/1989-pontiac-stinger-1280×960-poza-1.jpg&quot; width="500">

  11. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi
  12. smokyburnout Avatar

    <img src="http://www.cartype.com/pics/4171/full/dodge-sling-shot_1.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Dodge Slingshot. Potentially affordable rear drive sports car based on the Smart? Still has that transmission, though.
    Oh, right, you said outlandish.
    <img src="http://www.tuningnews.net/wallpaper/1024×768/audi-r8-tdi-le-mans-05.jpg&quot; width="600"/>
    IMGs from Cartype, Tuningnews

    1. Feds_II Avatar

      Forgot all about this. A Smart Roadster for America! See my comment above about dodge's concept lineup between 2002 and 2005, and what they would look like on the lot today.

  13. P161911 Avatar

    Corvette Indy
    The world still isn't ready for a mid-engined 4WD Corvette.
    <img src="http://www.gmphotostore.com/images/53218409_pr.jpg"width=500&gt;

    1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

      Just make sure it makes v8 noises and I'll be an early adopter.

  14. OA5599 Avatar

    I don't know that it was too outrageous to produce, but the Y-Job wasn't produced, even though Harley Earl used it as a personal vehicle.
    The concept car that established the concept of concept cars was the best one.
    <img src="http://www.bestcarimages.com/files/images/1938-Buick-Y-Job-Harley-Earl-ra-1280×960.jpg&quot; width=500>

  15. skitter Avatar

    Right now I am completely smitten with the Wiesmann Spyder.
    2000 pounds, BMW V8 Power, better lines than a Cobra.
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/WeismannSpyderE.jpg&quot; width="500">

    1. SSurfer321 Avatar

      As Tonyola responded to my Furia post, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    2. Ruckus Avatar

      to me, front end looks like it was taken straight from a veyron.
      no likey

  16. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    How about a concept car that never made production not because it was too outrageous, but because it was too plain?
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e4/2002_bel_air.jpg"&gt;
    I for one was in love with it.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      The Bel Air? Didn't it have a shifter on-the-tree?

    2. ptschett Avatar

      If I had to pick between the Bel Air and the Ford 49, I'd have a hard time deciding. I loved both those cars.
      <img src="http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Ford/Ford_Forty-Nine-Concept_Exterior_Image-05-800.jpg&quot; width="500"/>

  17. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    I'd rather they produce the EX.
    <img src="http://archive.in.gr/auto/exhib/photos/big/Ford_EX_NAIAS.jpg&quot; width="500">

    1. dmilligan Avatar


    2. jjd241 Avatar

      Captain Picard ordered one for the Enterprise E!
      <img src="http://plaza.ufl.edu/joec/images/picard_dune_buggy.jpg&quot; width="400">

  18. dragon951 Avatar

    No disassemble! Bronco 5 is alive!

    1. Tiller188 Avatar

      I knew there was something about those headlights…and now I can't un-see it.

  19. tonyola Avatar

    I thought the question referred to hopelessly impractical and completely over-the-top concepts, which is why I posted the Firebird and Modulo. However, the Dodge Deora is pretty awesome. For cool concept trucks, I'd also include the Chevy XT-2 from 1989.
    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3501/3229975251_ce0bfc2295.jpg"&gt;

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      Sleek AND practical. I love it.

      1. tonyola Avatar

        It's sleek, alright, but I'm not sure about the practical part. There's no tailgate – the rear panel is solid. Nonetheless, I love it.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Loved it. Perhaps as much more more than the original.

  20. James Avatar

    <img src="http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii262/Elanagtr/Lamborghini_Portofino_tcm35-1075445.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Side shot of Portofino Pictures, Images and Photos"/>
    <img src="http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii262/Elanagtr/lamborghini_portofino.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Rear shot of Portofino Pictures, Images and Photos"/>
    Chrysler Portofino.
    Yeah, it looks a bit bland now, but this was a few years before the Stealth or Intrepid and at that time it spoke of a bright future for the Chrysler/Lamborghini marriage.

  21. tonyola Avatar

    Though it was never actually built, Syd Mead's Sentinel is still pretty awesome. It looks like Mattel made a Hot Wheels version so, in a way, it was built after all.
    <img src="http://www.promotex.ca/articles/cawthon/2003/images/12-01-2003-6b.jpg&quot; width=500>
    <img src="http://www.southtexasdiecast.com/hwguide/images/2002/2002_054.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. dmilligan Avatar

      Hey! That's Meadows!

  22. Seth_L Avatar

    Also to outlandishly awesome to live? Chrysler's old concepts gallery:
    It was a beautiful thing to browse through.

  23. OA5599 Avatar

    Hemi – check.
    E-body – check
    Convertible – check (by Vin, anyway, if not an actual convertible bodystyle.
    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3301/3335770968_00d7432892.jpg"&gt;

  24. facelvega Avatar

    Not exactly a showcar, but more a perpetually-promised piece of vaporware, the Connaught Type D: greatest GT car to come from Wales since the Gilbern Invader. Also the only one. How does a supercharged, intercooled, narrow-angle two liter V-10 sound to you? There was also some hybrid BS when it was first announced, though the connaught website now seems to regard that as a future version– of a car that is now about five years old but not really in production.
    <img src="http://www.supercarnews.net/photo-gallery/connaught/2005-connaught-type-d-gt-syracuse-edition/connaught-type-d-gt-syracuse-edition-2005-scn-net10.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://www.autotrader.co.uk/i/CA/news/editorial/autosportshow/connaught_type-d_gt_800x600.jpg&quot; width="600">

  25. dmilligan Avatar

    My eyes have been over-purpled.

  26. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    A pivoting door on the front was practical?

  27. mr. mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    Kukashima!? But he only met her…

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      But the inspiration for the color scheme and bumper/grille treatment was in production.
      <img src="http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff221/Cometgames/1970%20to%201979/1970-dodge-charger-rt-10.jpg&quot; width=500>

    2. topdeadcentre Avatar

      Why do I suddenly find myself reaching for a tennis racket?

  28. Mike Avatar

    I wouldn't have minded owning this one:
    [IMG ]http://i53.tinypic.com/2vhxaww.jpg[/IMG]

    1. Mike Avatar

      a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=2vhxaww&quot; target="_blank"><img src="http://i53.tinypic.com/2vhxaww.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">