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24 Cars With Weirdest Designs On The Planet

These Weird Looking Cars Have Their Own Kind Of Beauty

Updated November 18, 2018

There is a Latin saying, de gustibus non est disputandum, which translates as “in matters of taste, there can be no disputes”. That’s exactly what comes to mind when looking at the rather bizarre cars from our list. For some people, one of these 24 car models might be a masterpiece of design. Still, for the majority, these cars are just peculiar. Because of that, most of them never went into a mass production. Nevertheless, they earned their place in history simply by being unique.

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#24. Messerschmitt KR200

#24. Messerschmitt KR200

If the name Messerschmitt sounds familiar, you’ve probably watched a lot of WWII films. This company was one of the biggest constructors of fighter aircrafts in Nazi Germany. Apart from manufacturing Luftwaffe planes, this company also made a fair share of automobiles, especially after the war.

Although it looks like you could invade Poland with it, KR200 was actually produced during peacetime, from 1955 to 1964. The three-wheel bubble car was small, easy to navigate and above all, very cheap. The micro car was a popular choice for German drivers in its era, but has been remembered not by the affordability but for its peculiar design.

#23. The Devel 16

#23. The Devel 16

This “hypercar” was unveiled at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show and presented as the fastest ride in the world. The production of one unit costs over $1,000,000, which is why it is not a surprise that the car features a 5,000-horsepower engine that is capable of producing a top speed of 340 MPH. On top of that, the Devel 16 can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 1.8 seconds.

#22. Stout Scarab

#22. Stout Scarab

This car might look like a Volkswagen Beetle, but has nothing to do with it. Both cars were developed at approximately the same time, in the 1930s, but Stout Scarab was an all-American car. Scarab might seem as a design disaster, but at the time of the production, it was considered highly innovative. Today, the car is considered to be the first family minivan ever.

#21. Sunswift eVe

#21. Sunswift eVe

Solar-powered cars are yet to become popular. In fact, first they need to become road legal. At the moment, the only model that’s fully legal in Australia is this one. Sunswift eVe is covered in solar panels whose job is to create energy for its V6 engine. The car can go at the top speed of 90 MPH at a range of 500 miles, while what makes its constructors most proud of is the mileage. You virtually need less than half a dollar to drive over 100 miles.

#20. BMW Isetta

#20. BMW Isetta

To get inside of it, you had to open the door located where usually cars have a hood these days. The tiny three-wheel car was designed by an Italian company, who sold the license to BMW, amongst many other manufacturers. The German company had a lot of success with it, selling over 160,000 Isettas over the course of 6 years of production.

#19. Davis Divan

#19. Davis Divan

Another three-wheel ride is on our list. This time, we present to you an American car, made by Davis Motor Company in the 1940s. Unfortunately, this Californian Company existed only for a year, so they were able to produce just 13 models of this convertible before getting bankrupt.

#18. Heinkel Kabine

#18. Heinkel Kabine

When WWII ended, Heinkel Company had to think of another way to earn money as making bombers was not a very good idea anymore. They decided on producing micro cars such as Heinkel Kabine. This single-door micro car was made for two years in the mid-1950s and featured a four-stroke engine. It was regarded as a bargain as it made nice performances, while being very cheap to buy.

#17. Peel P50

#17. Peel P50

We wonder if the word microcar really fits Peel P50. It’s rather a nano-car.  This car is so small that only one person can fit inside. The three-wheel ride doesn’t even feature a reverse gear. It’s basically a covered scooter that people used for carrying groceries. Its production lasted only 3 years, starting in the 1962. Since, only 27 of them were preserved.

#16. Mike Vetter’s ETV

#16. Mike Vetter’s ETV

Is it a UFO or a car? If you look at the ETV, you can get really confused as this car’s design is beyond peculiar. When it comes to the ETV, it’s impossible to stay indifferent. You either love it or hate it – it’s simple as that. But, enough about its design, let’s talk about ETV’s engine. The engine in question is a supercharged 2.0-liter engine capable of producing out-of-this-world performances. However, with a powerful engine comes a high price. ETV is listed on eBay at the price of $86k.

#15. Amphicar

#15. Amphicar

As its name hints, this car is an amphibious vehicle. It was made of thin metal, with two propellers mounted on its back. This allowed it to go across water with no problems. The car was designed by a German designer Hanns Trippel and was produced between 1961 and 1968 with a moderate success, but gained a cult status nevertheless.

#14. Tramontana R

#14. Tramontana R

At the moment, there are only 12 of these in the world. The Spanish supercar is one of the fastest road-legal cars in the world. By fast, we mean 202 MPH fast. Apart from high performances, this car is also famous for its Formula 1 type of look.

#13. Phantom Corsair

#13. Phantom Corsair

Rust Heinz was the heir of the Heinz food company, who had a lot of passion for cars. In the 1930s, he designed a model he called Phantom Corsair. The car’s design was ahead of its time, which is one of the reasons why it didn’t become very popular. Another reason is that Rust died young, so there wasn’t anyone to insist on Corsair’s production.

#12. BMW i8

#12. BMW i8

We won’t blame you if you thought this model was a futuristic rendering of a BMW sedan. Its design is certainly vanguard. However, a couple of years have already passed since the i8 was first revealed. The concept was presented in 2012, while two years after the mass production of this plug-in hybrid started. What’s great about this car, apart from its sci-fi looks, is the fact that it has a superb range of 400 miles and a top speed of 159 MPH. What’s bad about it is its price, which at the moment, is about $130,000.

#11. The Lykan HyperSport

#11. The Lykan HyperSport

To own this car, you need to be a millionaire. However, apart from splashing out $3,400,000, you also need to have a lot of luck to find one that’s for sale as only few of them are produced. The Middle Eastern super car can be seen roaming the streets of Dubai, impressing the passersby with its stunning design. What they cannot see is the car’s lavish interior with seats sewn with gold thread.

#10. Buick LeSabre

#10. Buick LeSabre

For American car manufacturers, 1950s were the most creative era. During this decade, many rather peculiar cars came off the assembly line, one of which certainly was Buick LeSabre. This car was designed by Harley Earl, who found inspiration for this model in jet engines.

#9. Nissan S-Cargo

#9. Nissan S-Cargo

If you thought Nissan S-Cargo was a 21st-century eco-friendly van, you were wrong. This car was manufactured in late 1980s and featured a 1.5-liter four-cycle gasoline engine. At the time of its production, the car wasn’t met with too much appreciation, so it was canceled in the early 1990s.

#8. The Citicar

#8. The Citicar

For 34 years, the Citicar was the most popular electric car in the United States. The micro car was mostly used by the US postal service, because it was light and easy to operate. On top of that, the Citycar was eco-friendly.

#7. Myers Motors Sparrow

#7. Myers Motors Sparrow

You might remember this minicar from comedy movies like Austin Powers in Goldmember. The electric one-seater is known for being eco-friendly and extremely cost-effective. It is designed by be a cheap alternative for commuting cars and it seems it serves well its purpose.

#6. 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla

#6. 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla

No, 1957 Multipla is not a tour vehicle, but a proper family car. According to Fiat, at least. The rear-engine car wasn’t very popular in the countries outside its native Italy, but despite that, it is considered a predecessor of modern-day family cars.

#5. 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1

#5. 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1

Rolls Royce is a British car manufacturing company founded in 1905 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce. Nearly two decades after the company’s inception, they released one of their most iconic models of all times, the Phantom.

#4. The 1957 Aurora

#4. The 1957 Aurora

Apart from working for the church, American priest called Father Alfred Juliano also found time to design cars. The year 1957 was the best year of his life. That’s when his car design was turned into a prototype called Aurora. Unfortunately, the production of Aurora went belly up soon enough, but a few of them are still preserved today.

#3. The Tatra 603

#3. The Tatra 603

Tatra is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world. The Czech company was founded in 1850 in what was then known as the Habsburg Empire, well before Henry Ford came up with the Model T. However, Tatra’s most iconic model was developed during the communist era in Czechoslovakia. We’re talking about the Tatra 603, a luxury vehicle, whose 350lb V8 engine was placed at the rear end.

#2. 1960 Pininfarina X

#2. 1960 Pininfarina X

In 1960, this Italian car manufacturer designed a prototype called the X, which unfortunately didn’t reach massive production. The reason why the company decided to quit on it was probably its vanguard design. But, exactly because of that, today, 1960 Pininfarina X is a favorite of car collectors. In fact, at a Barrett Jackson auction, one sold for over $300k.

#1. Maybach Exelero Concept

#1. Maybach Exelero Concept

The last car on our list is the Maybach model designed by Khaked Alkayed, a car designer who’s obviously scared of a Zombi Apocalypse. We assume that is what he had in mind when he added weaponry such as machine guns, tank tracks, and even a rocket launcher. Still, the weapons are not what made us fall in love with this car, but its incredibly appealing bodyline.

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