What Are the Most Unusual Cars Ever Made?
Since their invention, the shape of the traditional car has changed beyond recognition to the models that we see on the roads today. As design trends and technologies advance, cars take on sleeker forms and more extravagant features – sports and supercars start to look more futuristic and family cars include countless innovations for in-car entertainment, emissions and ease of use. But what are the most unusual cars ever made? This article will look into to some of the stranger designs over the years.
In Augustof this year, an Oxfordshire man named Kevin Nicks converted his Volkswagen Passat into something a bit more unusual – a shed on wheels. As well as creating this novelty vehicle, he is also attempting to turn it into a record breaker – the shed reached a top speed of 70.8mph over two 100m runs, a speed which he has submitted to the Guinness World Records. The transformation from Passat to shed took 7 months and a lot of steel beams and timber, but now Mr Nicks hopes to use it for advertising space.
The brainchild of Welsh skip hire company GD Environmental, Skipcar has certainly not sacrificed performance for appearance. The car itself is a stripped down Subaru Impreza WRX Type R, but with the original iconic body shape being replaced with that of a skip (without the room for waste). As it still has the same Subaru engine, it boasts a huge 300bhp, allowing it to reach a top speed of 147mph. It has proved to be a huge hit with those who have seen it and an effective bit of advertising for GD Environmental.
This car isn’t a one-off made by a budding inventor or a promotional tactic for a marketing company – it was actually put into production in the 1960s. The Peel P50 is a three-wheeled microcar, which entered the 2010 Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest production automobile. Originally retailing for £199 (£1,400 in 2010), the car only has one windscreen wiper, a single headlight and its only door is on the left of the car. With a top speed of 37mph, it certainly wasn’t the quickest but with dimensions of 54 inches long, 39 inches wide and a weight of 59kg, it was able to fit into the tightest of spots.
While the above vehicles may not be suited to everyday commutes, they are certainly a way of turning heads when you are on the road, whether you want to promote your business or see if you can find your way into the record books.
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