Over the years, different automakers have tried to introduce new vehicles that push boundaries. Some of these innovative designs actually work but some fail miserably. Most of us are used to seeing metal boxes with four wheels. But what happens when manufacturers create something out of the ordinary? Car makers have tried to make all kinds of ugly vehicles; from a tequila-drinking jet age vehicle to a car that looks like one of Kim Jong Un’s missile launchers. Although beauty is determined by what the beholder sees, we think that these vehicles were made by a beer holder, get it? Let's take a ride with these weird, ugly cars.
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The Peel P50 is the world’s smallest car; in fact, it is so tiny that it can fit into your pocket. Okay, that isn’t possible, we’re just kidding. Introduced in the 1960s, this three-wheeled car was a wonder to behold. Its length was approximately half of Shaquille O’Neal -- that’s around 54 inches folks. Unsurprisingly, it could only carry one person. We advise you to park it in an obvious place because you can easily lose it if you leave it in a crowded area.
Just like the name suggests, the Popemobile is a vehicle that is driven by the Pope. Through the years, the Catholic Church has seen the Pope use different kinds of cars, from Kia Souls to buses. However, the pope is mostly known for the Mercedes-Benz Popemobile. At the moment, a bulletproof glass-surrounded Benz is used to carry the supreme pontiff; it is adapted from the M-Class. Aside from this vehicle, the pope also uses a Hyundai Santa Fe, an aging Ford Focus, Mercedes S-Class limousines, and a Mercedes G-Class Popemobile. When visiting other countries, the Holy Father normally uses vehicles that are manufactured in those nations. He used a customized Kia Sorento while he was in Korea. On the other hand, he has used a Fiat 500L and a Jeep Wrangler while visiting the United States.
The 1963 Chrysler Turbine is an automobile that is powered by a gas turbine engine; the engine uses almost anything to run. For example, it can use vegetable oil, kerosene, diesel, unleaded gasoline, and even jet fuel. About 50 of these were assembled as experimental cars to assess the viability of the new power source. The president of Mexico was among the first people to test drive this car successfully, and he did this while running the engine on tequila, yes you heard that right, this car is a drunkard! However there were a few mechanical downsides to the 1963 Chrysler Turbine, the sound the vehicle made every time it was on the road was not very pleasant to most of the consumers. Chrysler would prevail over the turbine's main limitations and place their company at the front of the race to build a new car with as much potential and excitement as the jet age itself.
You will find some pretty cool concept cars that will blow your mind to bits, but the 2015 Mercedes-Benz F 015 Luxury In Motion is something else; an autonomous automobile that boasts of nothing but futuristic luxury. Mercedes portrays the vehicle as a private sanctuary as much as a means of transportation. The concept’s interior has four spinning lounge chairs complete with white Nappa leather and the steering wheel surfaces from the dashboard when the driver wants to take over.
The 1956 BMW Isetta was an Italian-designed bubble car from way back in the early 1950s. It had a little engine that only produced 9.5 horsepower. It had one wheel at the back which was later changed and a second wheel was added to stop the vehicle from rolling over. Its most significant feature was that it didn’t have side doors, and the driver could only get into his seat by getting the front of the car open. Some people thought this to be the best microcar ever.
This concept car looked like something out of Kim Jong Un’s arsenal; it had a distinct rocket shape with a Plexiglas bubble canopy that gave the driver a 360-degree view. The roof of the car could be folded under the rear deck of the vehicle when the car wasn’t being used. A radar unit was later installed in the Cyclone; it assisted the driver to detect objects and obstacles in front of the car, just like the warning systems we have in today’s cars. Its doors did not swing open to the side; instead, they slid down to the side of the car.
The Volkswagen XL1 is a two-seater ultra-efficient, turbo-diesel hybrid. This vehicle was able to do up to 261 miles on one gallon of fuel, which is about five times more fuel effective than Toyota Prius – this makes it the world’s most economical car. This vehicle used a 47-horsepower two-cylinder turbo diesel which also had a 27-horsepower electric motor, it had a maximum speed of up to 99mph and it could cruise at 62mph when using the 8.3 horsepower option.
The 1973 Volkswagen Thing, also known as the Kubelwagen, was a utility car that resembled the jeep that was originally made for the militaries in Europe around the late 1960s. The thing was a rear wheel drive convertible that was pretty good on the road. The 1973 Volkswagen didn’t have a lot to offer on the safety side apart from seatbelts. It was run by a four-cylinder engine that emitted 55 horsepower. This car was available in several colors which included pumpkin orange, sunshine yellow and blizzard white.
The LM 001 was the pioneer of off-road vehicles that were made by Lamborghini. In spite of the weight, this vehicle had, its performance was exceptional; it even rivaled some of the supercars that Lamborghini had familiarized the public with. It had an amazing V12 engine and also boasted of an all-wheel drive. This vehicle could top speeds of up to 210 km/h and could move from 0 to 100 in as little as 7.8 seconds, which is pretty impressive for a car its size.
British automaker Morgan is the builder of this unusual vehicle that uses a Ford engine and a Mazda gearbox. Everything about this car screams 1930s except for the technology that lies underneath; in it are state of the art modern cues. This vehicle cruises on a steel chassis which is not very different from the original model, the build under the body panel is fantastically constructed from wood.
Some inventions are more thrilling than others in the racing world, and the 2012 Deltawing was totally in a league of its own when put side by side with other automobiles that it raced against. This car was streamlined and had its front tires closely placed, and it also had widely spaced tires at the back. It consumed half the amount of fuel its rivals used. A lot of engineers projected that it will be really fast using just half the engine power while utilizing half the number of tires thanks to its lightweight and ultra-aerodynamic design. It didn’t win any races, but its fuel efficiency contributed to the reduction in the number of times it had to make stops.
It is a common sight for one to see a six-wheeled truck, but for you to set your eyes on a six-wheeled Formula One race car is truly a rare sight, but that’s until the 1976 Tyrrell P34 showed up. In the 1976 racing season, this car was one of the vehicles that participated in competition; it did so with one pair of conventional tires at the back and tiny Goodyears at the front. It went ahead to secure a win at the Swedish Grand Prix with Jody Scheckter as the driver. Despite the fact that it had a successful run, the design of this vehicle had too many technical difficulties which included tear and wear issues with the front tires. It received a blow when the Formula One governing body ruled that every race car should have four wheels.
The 1948 Tucker 48 is regularly referred to as the Tucker Torpedo; it was a car that had technology so advanced that it is just now finding its way into manufactured vehicles. It had a third headlight that rotated as the vehicle turned, more like today's adaptive headlight systems. It is evident that the designer of the car had thought about safety because they invented the fastback sedan which consisted of a full perimeter frame and a roll bar to keep the occupants safe and sound.
The 1999 Fiat Multipla has long been considered as one of the ugliest vehicles ever built. To a lot of people, the Multipla must have been designed by a team of blind baboons. Its almost as if the builders took a station wagon and attached it to a huge aquarium then on top of that, they added round headlights in random spots. On the plus side, the interior had plenty of cargo space in the rear of the overly-boxy cabin.
There can’t be a discussion about weird cars that doesn't include the Mercedes AMG G63, in this case, we're not talking four-wheel drive model. This bad boy is a heavily modified Mercedes G-Wagon, and it runs on six wheels on three axles with five different locks. It is powered by a 544-horsepower twin turbo V8 right from the Mercedes-AMG collection of performance engines.