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Thursday, February 2, 2023

The magnificent 7 of the past-made weird futuristic cars

Weird ONES Mass-production car models may seen such ordinary thing in the eyes of automotive lovers who have different imagination, so they felt the need to show the car or vehicle considered unique and special to their eyes. No wonder if there are many eccentric minded builder and modificators whose make their futuristic dream cars come true alone without any supports or helping from automotive manufacturers.
Have You seen this past-made weird futuristic visioned vehicle? (Picture from: MessyNessy)
It should be noted, all of the vehicles below were really existed, even some of them could be driven and legally used to run on the public roads. Here's the seven most weirdest cars of all the time might you've never known or seen before;

1. 1938 Phantom Corsair
This is a six-passenger 2-door sedan prototype called the Phantom Corsair, it was designed by Rust Heinz and Maurice Schwartz, then built by the Bohman & Schwartz coachbuilding company in Pasadena, California in 1938. Although sometimes dismissed as a failure because it never entered production, the Corsair is regarded as ahead of its time because of its futuristic features, and styling cues such as faired-in fenders and a low profile.
1938 Phantom Corsair designed by Rust Heinz and Maurice Schwartz, then built in 1938 by the Bohman & Schwartz. (Picture from: AmazingCars)
The Corsair futuristic-styled bodywork built on the chassis taken from a Cord 810 and large enough to seat six individuals inside its cabin. To propel this rather large vehicle, a Lycoming V8 engine was fitted that displaced 289 cubic-inches capable to burst power of 190 horsepower, so allowing the Phantom Corsair to reach 115 mph. While to keep the car in the driver control, there's a drum brakes on all four corners to slow the vehicle.

2. 1942 L'Oeuf Electrique
This is an electrical classic three-wheeled vehicle called L'Oeuf Electrique (means 'Electric Egg') It was made in 1942 by a French artists, industrial designers, and an engineer as well, Paul Arzens. Reportedly, this weird looking car made during the German occupation of Northern France so that caused lack of the fuel, by considering such condition then forced Arzens to go all-electric by converting its conventional gasoline drivetrain to an electric motor. 
1942 L'Oeuf Electrique by Paul Arzens. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
When created, this three-wheeled electric classic vehicle intended to be personal used vehicle in future. Therefore, this electric bubble car which made him to be the first person who made small car post the war. Since this electrical classic vehicle appeared, it continues to be an inspiration for many to develop the similar ones until now.

3. 1948 Timbs Special Roadster
This is Timbs Special Roadster designed and built by Norman E. Timbs by himself in 1948. The sleek roadster has mostly aluminum bodywork built on top of a steel chassis and it need almost two years for completion with the cost of $10,000 at the time. The roadster design was actually very simple, free of any gaudy, over-designed adornment. 
1948 Timbs Special Roadster by Norman E. Timbs. (Picture from: Autoweek)
To keep the shape clean, no doors were cut out of the body. So to access the cabin, it's simply just hop into it. Furthermore, this slick streamlined roadster was powered by a Buick Super 8 drivetrain which allowed it to run up to a top speed of 120 mph, well that's a quite fast for its day.

4. 1950 Wing Tank Special
Here's the jet-inspired custom car called the Wing Tank Special built in an early 1950s by US Air Force Lt.Col. Edward Richer in England. He used a Ford Anglia chassis plus parts from a Chevy and an Austin, while the side-tanks came off a Lockheed T-33 jet trainer.
1950 Wing Tank Special by US-Air Force Lt.Col. Edward Richer. (Picture from: QuirkyRides)
As you can see the Wing Tank Special is a compact two-seater unique shaped vehicle inspired by jet-plane which was a trend at that time to display the future vehicle vision.

5. 1955 Almar's Space Race Dream Car
The following unique car known as the Almar's Space Race Dream Car was built in 1955 by Almar Nordhaug, a Norwegian who lives in Tórshavn, Faroe Island. He built the car while working at a barrel factory in there, and helped by his colleagues from the barrel factory. The overall design of the Almar's car is very similar to the 1954 Ford FX-Atmos concept car, and we believe it becomes an inspiration during its development.
Almar's Dream Car in the day as it arrived in Norway back in 1957. (Picture from: Facebook)
Furthermore, this car is built on a Vauxhall Cresta chassis complete with its engine and drive system. Then the body is built in a handmade and uniquely, it using an airplane cockpit cover functioned as the roof. This 2-seater unique-shaped car also had the gullwing doors to stand out prominently so that it will always make people immediately look at when it is passing the streets.

6. 1955 Galileo Concept
The appearance of the unique car called the Galileo Concept, since it was first shown to the public in 1957, is indeed very interesting and is still able to invite the admiration of those who see it today. The unique-shaped car was built by an unknown American automaker named Joseph Galileo.
1957 Galileo Concept is a trully stunning jet-inspired show car of 1950s. (Picture from: QuirkyRides)
He built this dream car using a frame taken from 1949 Ford, but the fiberglass body was all made by Galileo himself. He made molds of wood and plaster and shaped the car, complete with gullwing doors. The shape of the bumper is uniquely designed so that it features a jet-themed intakes that is the epitome of 1950s futuristic style on the front, then the car is powered by an Oldsmobile 'Rocket' V8 engine that's such a perfect match in both name and technology for the car.

7. 1968 Pussycar Automodule 
This is an eccentrics vehicle design called the Pussycar Automodule, and was one unique retro creation designed by Jean Pierre Ponthieu to be the vision of the future vehicle. The Pussycar Automodule seem like spherical-shaped vehicle described as 'The Car of the Year 2000,' built to be a sort of promotional purposed vehicle, and launched in 1968.
1968 Pussycar Automodule by Jean Pierre Ponthieu, and dubbed as 'The Car of the Year 2000'. (Picture from: MessyNessy)
The unique car whose rear wheel is powered by a 250 cc single cylinder engine can do wheelies! Definitely no speedster, this vehicle inches forward slowly and can also turns its wheels to drive sideways or rotate in place.
Today in 2023, after 23 years have passed from 2000, we still haven't found yet a single car like this milling around the streets. One thing in certain to this day, the Pussycar Automodule remained seen as a strange car to us. 😎

Those are some futuristic design cars that are unique and weird which are the creations made by creative car designer and builder in the past, and it could be regarded as ahead of its time because of its futuristic features, and styling cues as well. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | OLDCONCEPTCARS | WHICHCAR | MESSYNESSY | AMAZINGCARS | THEAUTOPIAN ]
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