Monday, February 17, 2014

Cars That Never Made It

They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask, “What If?”

These 1950’s concept cars were automotive art built to attract public attention, test wild engineering ideas and give motorists a fleeting glimpse down the highway of tomorrow.

Notice the license plate on the last car!

1957 Chrysler Diablo

1956 Buick Centurion II

1954 Ford La Tosca

1951 Buick LeSabre

1959 GM Firebird III

1955 Lincoln Futura

1951Buick XP-300

1955 Ford Mystere

1959 Cadillac Cyclone

1954 Oldsmobile Rocket F88

1958 Ford X-2000

1953 Cadillac Ghia Coupe

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis

1957 Mercury D524 (This car was never shown to the public)

1956 Packard Predictor

1952 Chrysler D'Elegance

1954 De Soto Adventurer II

1953 Ford X-100

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Pontiac Club De Mer

Ahh Yes... Jetsons indeed.


Janie Junebug said...

Those are cool!


Linda said...

Interesting. I lived through this era.

LL said...

There were a lot of concept cars that were shaped by the emergence of a Bat Mobile.

Coffeypot said...

Many of the designs did come from the batman craze, but what interest me is, the money spent to make these cars. I mean the die cast for the shaping of the metal, the different special things that had to be made to make everything fit. This was a lot of money spent to show off one, or in some cases, a limited number of these awesome machines. Did they even have engines?

Ed Bonderenka said...

Sheet metal on these were hand formed.
Still, a lot of development bucks.
I think sometimes they served the purpose of pointing which way NOT to go.
The 1956 Packard Predictor looks like an Edsel.
The 1953 Cadillac Ghia Coupe like a Jag.
This was cool, thanks.

lotta joy said...

I LIKE the Cadillac Cyclone. Our neighbors brought home a Studebaker and I never could tell if they were pulling INTO the garage or backing out. Of course that was in the 50's, before I knew my ass from my hand.

Old NFO said...

Beautiful cars!!! Too bad some of them didn't make it...

Furry Bottoms said...

I would have driven a 4 and a 10. Those would have been SO cool. What's going on with engineer's now? Oh wait. NO offense to YOU. I am talking about these car makers nowdays. These cars you mentioned in this post are so gnarly. I love them.

Coffeypot said...

FB, I am no engineer. I was an accountant. I'm the one who would have put the kabosh to these cars as too expensive to produce. Instead, now, I would drive any of them for kicks.