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Strange Cars from the past… or from the future?

The endless struggle between the car industry and the jet/aerospace world!

During the 20th century, American auto designers struggled to match their counterparts in the aviation and aerospace industries. Both groups have competed for grab maximum attention and imagination of the American citizen. Finally, the Detroit guys realized they couldn’t just slap wheels on a plane/jet/rocket and call it a car.

Here are some epic fails during their attempts:

Attempt: To make a car look like a World War II fighter plane
Vehicle: The 1948 Tucker Sedan
Result: It looked more like a fish car than a plane car

tucker_sedan_1946
Attempt: To make a car look like a jet
Vehicle: The 1954 Ford Nucleon
Addon Feature: Steam engine powered by uranium fission! 🙁
Result: A car with a nuclear reactor is a bomb, not a cool car

ford_nucleon
Attempt: To make a car look like a jet (second attempt)
Vehicle: The 1956 Chrysler Gilda
Addon Feature: Gas turbine engines which could also run on kerosene or diesel
Result: Looked more like a carnival ride then like a car

Crysler_Gilda

Attempt: To make a car look like a rocket (third trial)
Vehicle: The 1954 Cadicall Cyclone
Addon Feature: Radar based crash avoidance system
Result: Batmobile was already been invented

1954_Cadillac_Cyclone
Attempt: To make a car look like a rocket (fourth trial)
Vehicle: The 1958 Firebird III
Addon Feature: Stick control system which replaced the steering wheel, brake pedal and accelerator
Result: Why should you spend a fortune on a car in which you are hermetically sealed, not even able to touch or kiss your partner?

1958_pontiac_firebird
Attempt: To make a car look like a rocket (fifth trial).
Vehicle: The 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket
Addon Feature: The roof panel raised and the seat swiveled outward for easy entry or exit
Result: Unfortunately this car looked like a boat, not a rocket

1956_Oldsmobile Golden_Rocket
Attempt: To make a car look like a rocket (final trial).
Vehicle: The 1962 Mercury X2000
Addon Feature: Rocket boosters
Result: Those strange things on the grill will dissuade male buyers.

1962_Mercury_X2000

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