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The World's Strangest Vehicles

"QUANTUM SHOT" #164(rev)
Link - article by Avi Abrams

The Very Opposite of "Soccer-Mom Minivans"!

"Automotive wrongness, some of it so wrong it emerges on the far side of the veil as a new kind of right..." --Jay Lake

Sometimes simply getting from point A to point B... is not really the point. Some people want to do it in style, with a certain panache, pride and lots of attitude - while others want to set their vehicles as far apart from the norm as possible (without crossing into the ridiculous). Some of the vehicles depicted here were made for show only, but some appear to be roadworthy and maybe even... groundbreaking?

Let's start with the Mini-Cooper Limo with a Pool!! - this six-meter long Mini XXL features detachable sunroof and a whirlpool for two people. See another cool Mini-Cooper stretch in this video.

(images via)

So, if you have a mobile jacuzzi, then how about a mobile Barbeque - HEMI Powered, no less! Or perhaps, you can fashion your mobile barbeque in the shape of a gun and put it on your truck (which seems to be quite a popular idea):

(images via)

This is... the Surface Orbiter, a hand-built amphibious vehicle designed by Rick Dobbertin:

(images via Dobbertin Hydrocar)

"New Yorker Rick Dobbertin built the amphibious Surface Orbiter out of a milk truck in order to cross the world via land and sea. It took him 4 years, $175,000 and 14,000 man hours to complete." (more info)

(images via)

The "Stout Scarab" from 1936 is the epitome of the "Art Deco" style and requires an article on its own:

(image via)

Dave Major's Aerocar 2 (Propellor Car) is outfitted with a six-cylinder WWII Lycoming aircraft engine (left image below). On the right you can see the beautiful wooden car, built by Friend Wood (talk about appropriate last name). His Tryane II is built in the same way as wooden boats are usually built - and looks wonderful after 2000 work hours invested into it:

(images via 1, 2)

Here is the marvelously wacky ZZR Made for the 1960's movie classic "Out of Sight" movie by the Barris company:

(image credit: Barris)

The famous Pacman Car, the original version from the 1980s (left image below). On the right is the weird "upside down" bus conversion, made for touring. See another topsy-turvy bus version here. Apparently these bus are quite popular with tourists:

(images via 1, 2)

This iconic shoe car is one of the "art cars" designed by Harrold Blank:

(image credit: Harrod Blank)

Here is a pretty crude, but still "fab" running replica of the Star Wars Landspeeder:

(Source: Uberreview)

Citroen DS in the "Fantomas" movie hides quite a few surprises:

Is this a mafia car? (see left image)... and another outrageous steering wheel variation:

(images via)

Off-Road Wonders and "Monster Anything"

Monster truck Mercedes? Why not (seems to be made in Russia). Some miserable-looking jet-truck racer is on the right:

Here are a few more off-road conversions, some less successful than others:

(images via 1, 2)

This amphibious bus conquers deep, deep water. Similar RV conversions are made by Terra Wind company:

(image via)

Wheels replaced by skis prove to be one of the most popular (and effective) modifications:

Three-wheeled and two-wheeled oddities

Here is a two-wheeled (or maybe, technically "three-wheeled") "car thing" from France, manufactured in 1925-1928 by the Mauser company (better known for guns) and called a "Monotrace":

(images via)

Here is "Davis Motor Corp." car from 1948:

(image via)

Read more about such hybrids with training wheels in our popular article World's Worst and Ugliest Cars.

More creative means of transportation:

(image via)

Is this for real? I can see headlines: "Wind-powered car blows across Mother Russia" -

(image via)

Finally, perhaps the strangest - the Ski-Lift Bus!, used on Mt. Hood, Oregon between Government Camp and Timberline Lodge:

(image credit: VintagePhoto)

Article by Avi Abrams, Dark Roasted Blend.





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Blogger jcmoriaud said...

Nice images, as always... but if I may... it's not a "Citroën DC" but a "DS". Which sounds like "déesse" which means "goddess" in french!

Blogger exastal said...

really fynny and nice....
I really like your site and I often,
take ideas from you......

Anonymous Carsten said...

jcmoriaud is right. Its definitely a DS.

Another vehicle for your collection: The 24-engine-motorcycle "Dolmette": http://www.dolmar.com/755.php

Blogger B. Durbin said...

How could you miss the Couchbike?

BTW— your site is a wonderful way to kill time. Not that it needs killing, but hey.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

backlink from http://jaylake.livejournal.com/:

Automotive wrongness, some of it so wrong it emerges on the far side of the veil as a new kind of right...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff, one thing I noticed is that drawing from 1918..Is it really from 1918? Then it's a remarkable drawing really, if you look at the cars in those days and the contoures on the drawing.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ski-Bus was used for a few years on Mt. Hood, Oregon between Government Camp and Timberline Lodge.
They used old city buses, including the motor. A new road brought the end of this private venture.

Anonymous sock.monkey said...

The white 3-wheeled car in the 29th photo from the top (just above the Metropolitan on skis) is a Davis car from 1948.

Blogger Limousine said...

Is a mini cooper still a "mini" when you turn it into a stretch limo with a jacuzzi?

Anonymous Javier said...

the picture with the guy next to the huge ford truck is shopped

Anonymous Limo Hire said...

ithought our Pink hummer was strange but some of these vehicles on this site arre amazing.

Anonymous Limo Hire East Midlands said...

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Blogger Elf Sternberg said...

I took a much clearer photo of the high-heeled shoe car a few years back: http://flickr.com/photos/elfsternberg/618863846/

Anonymous Ujanja said...

The couch is my favorite..! To much gaming may make your sofa move, great

Anonymous SWOW said...

You should talk about the "killdozer", It is a bulldozer that a man outfitted with steel in order to turn it into a basically a destruction device. Pretty crazy!


Blogger Beaugrand said...

The most outrageous example of "too much money" I've ver seen was a stretched Porsche 911 I saw in Houston, Texas, c about 1994. Of course, the custom-built Lincoln Town Car pickup conversion was also popular at the time.

Anonymous Edinburgh said...

The most outrageous car ive seen is the 737 jumbo jet limo in the USA which runs on the running gear from a bus,check out limobob.com for pictures.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surface Orbiter is the best!
It would be cool to get this kind of limousine in NJ NY area.
Imagine this - rolling in this vehicle around Manhattan... Hopefully cops wouldn't consider it as a security issue and start shooting... :)

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me think cars are nice and good to go places. But, I find that cars on this site are bizzard and probably too expencive for my budjet. I like the one made of wood ! Very nice !

Anonymous Used cars hub India said...

Nice blog and collection of great pics too. Thanks for sharing this information.


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