The Weirdest Looking Cars You’ve Ever Seen
Depending on the look, cars can symbolize a lot of things. Your ride might demonstrate your prosperity, your view of life as a whole or your personality. So, what happens when you’re super-rich and kind of weird? You drive around in some strange-looking cars that look like they were stolen from a sci-fi movie set or Elon Musk's next big event.
This collection of the 30 weirdest looking cars could make you drool with envy or wonder exactly how it went so wrong. Either way, these crazy vehicles are sure to blow your mind! Take a look!
The Sebring-Vanguard CitiCar was a briefly produced electric car. The company that made the bizarre-looking car was based in Sebring, Florida, at the time. It was sold to Commuter Vehicles a few years later.
If you’re looking for a super-fast car that could be confused with an aircraft, the ThrustSSC is your vehicle. The name even stands for Supersonic Car (SSC). This British jet car set the world land speed record on October 15, 1997, whizzing past sensors at 736 miles per hour. Whoa!
The narrow roads of Europe created the need for things like the microcar, and the BMW Isetta is one of the weirdest looking ones inspired by this movement. Its weird egg shape and bubble-like windows helped earn the car the nickname "the bubble car."
1956 Buick Centurion
The Buick Centurion was first unveiled at the Motorama Show. The body of the car was made from fiberglass, while the interior was designed to feel and look like the cockpit of an airplane. The car was intended to be aerodynamic for speed, and it certainly achieved that goal, thanks to the 325-horsepower engine.
Named for the bizarre resemblance to the Egyptian scarab beetle, the Stout Scarab can be considered the world’s first production minivan. It was prototyped in 1946 and became the world’s first car to use fiberglass for the bodyshell and air suspension.
Sadly, this crazy car was never mass produced but instead remained a concept car. The Cadillac Cyclone was designed by Harley Earl as a testbed for futuristic styling and technology in cars. The unique design included engine exhaust that was piped out just ahead of the front wheels instead of out the back.
Smart ForTwo Cabriolet
Okay, so these cars are actually kind of common to find on the road in one form another, but the Smart ForTwo Cabriolet still earns a spot for being extremely weird looking. It launched globally in 2016, with loads of extra safety reinforcements added compared to previous models.
Chevrolet El Camino
Fans of My Name Is Earl are sure to recognize some models of this kooky, truck-like car. The Chevy El Camino was a coupe pickup suggested by Harley Earl – no relation to Earl – in 1952. It was based on existing models of hatchbacks that were adapted into this odd hybrid of a truck-car.
If you have ever been to a Catholic parade where the Pope is a participant, you have probably seen this one in person. The Popemobile was designed for the Pope to use during his public appearances. Over the years, it has gone through a lot of changes, including some pretty weird-looking options with "bubbles."
Love convertibles and trucks? Then you will love the weird-looking Chevrolet SSR — super sport roadster. Manufactured by the Michigan motor company between 2003 and 2006, this weird truck has a retractable hardtop that lets in the open air as you speed down the highway to the farm or the city.
Bugatti Type 57T Tourer
For an odd sports car that you would probably only see in photos, look to the Bugatti Type 57T Tourer. The design was created in 1934, and more than 710 examples were produced over the next eight years. The company stopped making the unique motor vehicles in 1940.
Built in 1938 as a prototype vehicle, the Phantom Corsair is one of those strange-looking cars you kind of expect to see on an old Batman comic book cover but never in somebody’s driveway. The two-door sedan holds six passengers and was way ahead of its time with its sleek, futuristic design.
General Motors Le Sabre
Another concept car, the GM Le Sabre is a weird one you might spot in some movies or in the occasional antique car museum. The car was designed in 1951, and a lot of folks consider it the most important show car of the 1950s.
If you want to talk about sci-fi looks, then let’s chat about the Ferrari Modulo. This car looks like a flat-out alien. It was designed by Paolo Martin of the Italian Carrozzeria Pininfarina and unveiled at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. The strange, wedge-shaped car has a canopy roof that slides forward to allow entry.
General Motors Firebird
Not to be confused with the less-cool Pontiac Firebird, the General Motors Firebird looks like it belongs on a fantasy spy film poster from the ‘50s. The prototype car came in several models, including the Firebird I, Firebird II and Firebird III.
If you think this car looks familiar — in blue, perhaps? — then you would be correct. The Reliant Regal is the spunky little three-wheeled car that’s popped up all over the place in pop culture. It has specifically become a kind of symbol of British eccentricity.
Another quirky little three-wheeled car is the microcar known as Peel P50. It was made from 1962 to 1965 by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man, Scotland. In 2010, it won its place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the smallest production car ever made.
Yet another three-wheeled car, the Davis Divan takes a twist on the weirdness and ups it by becoming a convertible that kind of looks like a bullet train. The car was made by the Davis Motorcar Company between 1947 and 1949 and was based on the "Californian" roadster.
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
Of course, what list of crazy cars would be complete without the good ol’ Oscar Mayer Wienermobile? The vehicle has changed faces a few times over the years, but all have centered on a hot dog cradled in an inviting, glutenous hot dog bun intended to make you drool.
Okay, so this little weirdo came out in 1998 and is still currently in production. It was originally sold in Japan and then introduced to North American and European markets in 2009. It will be discontinued in Japan in December 2019, so if you want one, you’d better grab it now.
Minivans are kind of weird looking to begin with, but when you add in the intelligent and exotic design of a Fiat, you get this compact weirdo: the Fiat Multipla. The van is shorter and wider than its rivals, with two rows of three seats, instead of three rows of two seats like most others.
Also known as the Cabin Scooter, this is another strange three-wheeled "bubble car." This one was designed by an aircraft engineer (Fritz Fend) and produced in a German aircraft factory from 1955 to 1964. Interestingly — but not surprisingly — it has a dual-mode ignition and steering bar like you would find in an airplane.
Porsche Type 12 Citroen
The Porsche Type 12 was intended as a German "everyman’s automobile" project. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche in 1931, with prototypes built a year later that featured an early example of a rounded, aerodynamic design. This was considered an important early step in design that eventually led to the creation of Volkswagen.
Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6
This crazy SUT (sport utility truck) was originally designed for the Australian Army in 2007. At the time, it was the company’s largest and second most expensive street-legal, off-road vehicle available. It was built from 2013 to 2015 in Austria as well.
If you can’t get enough of the microcars and three-wheelers, then you’ll love this weird one from Trojan Cars Ltd. It’s called the Heinkel Kabine, but it was also known as the Trojan 200. The car was first produced from 1956 to 1958. The license was transferred, and more were built from 1960 to 1966.
This one isn’t completely and utterly weird. At first, when you see it, it just looks slightly odd. But as you get to know it a bit, you realize, there’s something different about this car. For instance, the solar panels that cover the hood, trunk and roof might stand out a bit as you look closer.
What weird and exotic car list would be complete without some type of Lamborghini? This one is still crazy expensive, sure, but it’s not your typical fancy car for billionaires. It is known as the Lamborghini truck — an off-road vehicle made by Lamborghini from 1986 to 1993.
Genuinely one of the weirdest looking cars of all time, the 1948 Tasco is a pretty interesting car with a unique history. The car was the prototype for a post-World War II American sports car. It featured aircraft-like controls and was designed by Gordon Buehrig.
Chrysler Ghia Gilda Coupe
This unique looking car is the 1955 Ghia Gilda Coupe concept car from Chrysler. It was built for the Turin Motor show in Italy that year. The unique car was powered by an OSCA engine, giving it a whopping 140 mile-per-hour speed.
Almost everyone has seen this weird and wacky car, the DeLorean, thanks to its claim to fame as the professor’s time-traveling car in the Back to the Future films starring Michael J. Fox. The car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for the DeLorean company in 1983. The unique gull-wing doors are probably the most memorable part of the car.