Not all concept cars are commercialized, even though they make a lot of buzz. The truth is, not all prototypes and demo cars are meant to be produced. Still, we sure would have loved it if some of them had made it to the production lines. CarSwitch.com, an online marketplace for certified Abu Dhabi cars for sale, has compiled a list of some of our favorite concept cars that never became a reality:
Speaking of prototypes, let’s begin with a model that is known as the car industry’s first concept car ever. The Buick Y-Job was made by Buick, which is a division of General Motors, in 1938. It was called the car of the future as it kind of pioneered many features that we see in cars today such as electrically powered windows, flush-mounted door handles, waterfall grille design and hidden headlights.
2001 Ford Forty-Nine
The redesigned 1949 Ford let go of numerous staples such as the transverse leaf springs, solid axles, and torque-tube drivetrain. It was completely revamped from the frame up and it paid homage to the original model that proved to be a savior during testing times. The concept car made a debut at the Detroit Auto Show in 2001. It featured clean flanks and the company’s name spelled out on the leading edge of the hood. Inside, it flaunted a two-spoke steering wheel and an all-in-one circular gauge cluster. A 3.9-liter, 32-valve V8 sat under the hood and it was mated with a five-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, it never arrived at dealerships.
This three-wheeled concept inherited some elements of the Peugeot 207, such as it’s front and the drivetrain and it added to that a two-seater cockpit and a motorcycle rear. The reverse trike car used a tadpole” set-up and was made from a carbon-fiber structure. However, since the 207 was FWD, the rear wheel was not driven. Two units were made, one of which was destroyed during an accident.
This concept car was meant to celebrate Lamborghini ’s 50th anniversary. The functional variant is based on the Gallardo. It comes with a 5.2 L V10 engine that produces 600 hp. The Egoista has a one-seat cockpit which resembles the cockpit of a modern fighter jet. It features a canopy door that can be removed. The steering wheel needs to be removed to enter and exit the car like a Formula One vehicle. The car is currently on display at the Museo Lamborghini which is in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
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2015 Mazda RX-Vision
The RX-Vision is a front-engine, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive demo car that is fueled by the Skyactiv-R Wankel. Mazda currently doesn’t have a production car with a rotary engine and thus it’s not surprising that this vehicle never made it out in the open.