17 Futuristic Car Designs from Visionaries of the Past

Here are 17 interesting futuristic car designs from the past that will bring a smile to your face.

17 Futuristic Car Designs from Visionaries of the Past
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Car designs can be very hit and miss at times, but there are some fantastic designs that do stand the test of time. Here we have found some interesting futuristic car designs from the past that are certainly bold. 

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What is the weirdest looking car?

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", as the adage goes. But that being said, many consider the following to be some of the weirdest cars ever created

  • 1942 Oeuf Electrique
  • 1947 Norman Timbs Special
  • 1953 General Motors Firebird 1 XP-21
  • 1955 Chrysler (Ghia) Streamline X "Gilda" 
  • 1970 Ferrari (Pininfarina) 512 S Modulo

  • 1970 Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero. 
  • Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Car. 
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe.

What is the most futuristic car?

Apart from the 17 futuristic cars we've included below, some other notable examples include: 

  1. Mercedes concept IAA.
  2. The Rolls-Royce Vision 100. 
  3. Panasonic Autonomous Cabin. 
  4. Hyundai Mobility Vision. 
  5. BMW HoloActive Touch Concept. 
  6. Renault POM. 
  7. Toyota Concept-i. 
  8. Honda NeuV. 

Do concept cars ever get made?

The vast majority of concept cars never actually make it to production, but there are some notable exceptions

  • Jaguar C-X16. Jaguar
  • Jaguar F-Type Coupe

  • McLaren P1
  • 918 Spyder concept
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
  • Land Rover LRX concept

What are some futuristic car designs from the past?

So without further ado, here are 17 amazing futuristic car designs from the past. The following list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.

1. The Galileo concept car was ahead of its time

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The Galileo concept car is a great example of futuristic-looking car design from the past. Designed in 1957, this crazy 50s car design must have looked like something from another planet at the time.

Designed by one man, Joseph Gallileo, the car never made it past the concept stage. The frame was based on a 1949 Ford and Galileo built the main bodywork out of fiberglass.

2. The Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost is something else

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The very epitome of art deco design, the Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost was a true work of art. It was designed and built between 1937 and 1940 and has since become a legend among car enthusiasts.

The car was made by the American car body designer Emmet-Armand with the chassis based on the Duesenberg Type J. The design has stood the test of time and could probably pass as a new design today.

3. The Ford Thunderflite concept car is quite beautiful

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This car really does look like something out of the Jetsons!

Based on the 1961 Ford Thunderbird, the Thunderflite concept car was actually designed in the 1990s. In this sense, it is something of a retro-futurist vision of car designs yet to be realized.

4. The "Car of Tomorrow" is a product of its times

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The "Car of Tomorrow" designed by John Conrad Berkey is a fantastic vision of the future from the 1970s. Featuring apparent anti-gravity egg-shaped passenger pods, we would question the actual need for the rest of the vehicle if it were ever realized. 

5. The 1958 Sir Vival is a very interesting design indeed

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This two-piece concept car from the 1950s is like nothing you've ever seen before. It was designed and created by Walter C. Jerome who was on a mission to make the world's safest car.

Its most notable features were its two-piece engine and cab and a driver's turret, because why not?

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6. The 1970 Ferrari Modulo 512 concept car is awesome

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Designed in 1970, the Ferrari Modulo 512 concept car was a very sleek vision of future car design. This was a one-off supercar that was created for the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. 

It was powered by a 550 hp, 5-liter V-12 engine and could reach 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. It had a top speed of 220 mph

7. Here is another interesting vision of a future car design

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Designed by the father of streamlining and futurist Norman Bel Geddes, this car design really is very bold. Like most of his designs, this one also never reached production. 

8. The Schlörwagen was another interesting futuristic car design

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Designed in 1937 the Schlörwagen was a rear-engined 7-seater vision of future car design. The design of the vehicle was apparently inspired by the shape of an airplane's wing in cross-section.

9. The Studebaker Manta Ray concept car is a very 50s vision of the future

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Designed in 1951, the Studebaker Manta Ray concept car was a very interesting vision of the future. Like many concept cars, it never made it to production, but it would certainly have turned many heads if it had.

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10. This futuristic car design by Ford looks more like a Transformer toy than a car

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Designed in 1966, the Ford Ranger II concept car was well ahead of its time. Featuring a streamlined windshield, high-intensity headlights and a rectangular design it was an interesting vision of the future.

11. This 1930s design is full of fun

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Looking like a kind of flying Noddy Car, this future flying car design is certainly fun. Called the "Giro-Car" it only ever existed as a concept illustration for the magazine Modern Mechanix and Inventions.

12. The Chevy Express was a turbine-powered concept car

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The 1987 Chevrolet Express not only had an interesting design but was also supposed to be powered using a gas-turbine. Access was made to the interior using a fully openable roof section.

It had drive-by-wire controls, instrumentation, and three dash-mounted screens. Cameras were also used in place of side and rear mirrors.

13. The Bubble Car is something of a classic today

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The Bubble Car was very aptly named. Literally looking like a bubble on wheels, the car certainly was an interesting take on the future of car design.

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14. How could we forget Lady Penelope's FAB 1?

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To any fan of Thunderbirds, Lady Penelope's FAB 1 was an amazing vision of cars to be in the future. Lady Penelope's specially designed, bright pink high-tech Rolls Royce is something of an icon in the annals of popular culture.

15. Meet the 1930s version of General Grievous' personal wheel bike

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If you thought the wheel bike used by General Grievous in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones was an original design, think again. A similar concept had been dreamed up as far back as the 1930s. 

This motor-driven hoop was a very unique take on the future of transportation. 

16. Here's another future car design offering from Ford

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The 1958 Ford X2000 concept car is another fantastic futuristic car design of the past. The picture above is from a 1990s recreation of the design based on a 1962 Mercury Monterey. 

17. The 1958 Ford Nucleon concept car wouldn't look out of place in the game Fallout 

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And lastly, the 1958 Ford Nucleon concept car was envisaged to be a fission nuclear-powered car. This was of course never actually realized, but we applaud the ambition of the designers. 

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