Innovative retro cars that never quite stuck (31 Photos)


  • jdubs21

    The auto industry looked creative until the "auto industry" started, still must have been a lot of virgins driving around

    • goob

      thumbs up just because you didn't write "first". But it really made no sense…

  • gordon

    if only…….then we would be riding around like in the one episode of South Park.

    • Jenny

      Except, you know, WITHOUT the anal penetration. Unless of course, that's something a person would like.

      • Big nipple girl

        You should try anal…I love it.

    • SJay

      Thats always being designed even now. Check out the new Men in Black trailer.

    • Glenn

      It's the Motorized Monocycle sold by Hammacher Schlemmer for $13,000:

      • Master_Rahl

        weren't Hammacher & Schlemmer the huge German dudes from Beerfest?

        • Fart

          "Our best two? How bout our worst two!"

    • Steve_NZ

      A guy made one with a v8 in it, brakes might have been a good addition.. –

  • MattKL

    #17 I think I have an idea why this one didn't take off.

    • Batman

      Axel from Twiested Metal?

    • dude

      can't turn?

    • drew

      Because wheels don't generate lift?

  • shakeandbake

    #30 I can take a guess why this shit-mobile never took off.

    • tek

      theres no kitchen

  • The Bandit

    #6 …must be an ancestor of Jeremy Clarkson

    • Mike

      #27 must be an ancestor of James May, it looks like a much better version of what he tried to make in the Vietnam special! Amazing show, love it! Good call Bandit

      • The Bandit

        Yep, Captain Slow could learn from this one. The Vietnam Special was lots of fun!

        • hunter

          well played sirs!

      • A_O

        thats exactly what i thought when i saw this

        • P90

          Me too.

    • fed

      at least he's not drowning

  • Jim

    Yes, #16 & 17 would be awesome! Just how do you stop once you get going?

    • Luurtsy

      Use the brake.

      • SuperiorTo8

        Logic mother fucker

    • carmasterr

      Or turn left? Or right?

  • Get some

    I don't understand why this didn't make it big… looks so stable with a good low center of gravity and plenty of headroom. #11

    • Mattg

      This is still in use in Bigbury In devon UK as a sea taxi to a small Island with a hotel on.

      • sean

        and there are lots of other vehicles like it. Chive did an ENTIRE post of just this kind of vehicle

  • Wickedslick

    Cool posting.

  • Ciprian Rusu

    #30 That vacuum cleaner looks a bit too large for that room, doesn't it?

  • Ttikmai

    is it just me or does #17 look like gary busey?

  • Bobestradamus

    #17 looks like Doc from back to the future.

    1.21 GIGA WATTS!!!!

  • Lyra

    #6 took Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a little too serious!

  • Insane2U

    #1 would make getting road head a little harder

  • Small Man Syndrome

    Why didnt' this catch on, can't see the problem with it at all..

  • spicticus

    I can't tell if #13 is a hearse or an ambulance.

    • fed

      red cross… what do you think?

    • samu0034

      While not quite this extreme, things like this are fairly common in the Netherlands for carrying children in the front.

    • Brutal Deluxe

      One bad bump and it's both

    • William

      That would depend largely on the health of the passenger. 😉

  • mojomojo444

    #1 Is still more aerodynamic than a Nissan Cube

    • Andy Valentine

      Dammit, that was going to be my joke. Swine 😉

  • Trav

    What a weird world it woulda been if some of these woulda taken off. My bumper sticker would read ‘Fuck Safety’, instead of ‘Baby on Board’.

  • Andy Valentine

    #16 – You can still get these, albeit as bikes rather than cars. Rode one at a show once. Very awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    #21 is from Empire strikes back.

  • Gallus

    #4 is a reminder that the world's militaries put a very great deal of effort into developing tactical vehicles in the early 20th Century. Some of the results were downright silly. That R&D eventually led to the development of the Jeep and the 2 1/2 ton truck (Ma Deuce). The Deuce is still with us, by the way.

    • the professor

      the "Ma Deuce" is the browning .50 cal machine gun ….

      • pickles

        Damn you beat me to it! I think he meant to say "half-track" though, yes?

        • Mushmouth Thomas

          Yes, that's a half-track. An unarmored personnel carrier one though. The Nazi's had some beast ones, worth checking out google images for.

    • tango

      thanks very informative

    • Gallus

      Excuse me, I have heard the term "Ma Deuce" applied to both the .50 cal MG and the 2 1/2 ton truck. I was with the 11th ACR, so blame them, not me. I am repeating what I heard, though I must admit it might have been a local useage.

      The half-track was a highly useful implement of war during WW2, and Korea. Some of them are still around in civilian use and in some limited military use. But I focused on the two tactical vehicles that had the greater staying power.

      By the way, I think the old gal getting a ride here is Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. I am not sure, though, and I don't know what year this might be.

      • Redleg

        the 2 1/2 ton truck was called the Duece & a 1/2. The .50 cal is the only "Ma Duece"

  • LucretiusCarus

    #2 Still got a pile of these sorts of things roaming around Boston. We use them to bilk money from tourists.

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  • SilentBrutus

    #5 is still produced today and there are modern versions of #27 available.

  • bigD

    My neighbor has one of these and takes it on the lake a couple times a year during the summer. Still pretty cool.

  • Nanook

    #25 Isn't that the Chevy Volt?

    • Underhill

      Appear that the body was originally a tip tank from an aircraft.

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