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Vintage Car Concepts With Futuristic Designs

Like any of us, car designers sometimes need to let off steam. But while you or I might do so by hitting the gym or downing a quart of rum and backlogging the office photocopier with 100 pictures of our butt, these guys get to let their hair down on the job. Bored of churning out endless schematics for an efficient, economic family car? Take time out to design a nuclear-powered Ford, or a roadworthy UFO. OK, it doesn’t quite work like that, but concept cars nonetheless remain employer-sanctioned flights of fancy. A way for their best and brightest to toy with new ideas, take design in a whole new direction and gauge public reaction for up-and-coming projects (without exposing the company to financial risk).

Some cars, like the Le Sabre, break through into the mainstream and influence car-design for decades. Others simply grace a single show stand before being mothballed, leaving a legacy of badass photo ops and gawking punters. Yet others become the Batmobile. Whatever their fate, there’s no denying that concept cars are brilliant. Thanks to George from car rental company Sixt, for sending us his list. Please let us know your favourite concept and prototype car designs in the comments below. Below we’ve compiled 20 of our favorites, ranging from the decidedly futuristic to the decidedly oddball:

Buick Y-Job:

Le Sabre:

Cadillac Cyclone:

Cadillac Cyclone

GM Firebird III:

GM Firebird III

Ferrari Modulo:

Ferrari Modulo

Phantom Corsair:

Phantom Corsair

Pontiac Club de Mer:

Pontiac Club de Mer

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost:

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Alfa Romeo BAT5:

Alfa Romeo BAT5

Holden Efijy:

Holden Efijy

Chevrolet Mako Shark:

Chevrolet Mako Shark

54 Bonneville:

54 Bonneville

56 Buick Centurion:

56 Buick Centurion

Pontiac Banshee:

Pontiac Banshee

63 Corvair Super Spyder:

Corvair Super Spyder

54 Pontiac Parisianne:

54 Pontiac Parisianne

1970 Lancia Stratos:

Lancia Stratos

There you have it: our personal top 20. Did we miss something out? Have you identified a gaping car-shaped hole where your favourite concept should be? Are you right now working yourself up into a state of bucolic rage at our ridiculous oversight? Head down to the comments and let us know.


Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.