10 Coolest Concept Cars
The best part about big motor shows is the different manufacturers attempts at building one of the 10 coolest concept cars. New technology, radical new designs and off-the-wall style define the general concept car. We've painstakingly put together a list of our ten favorites.
- 1938 Buick Y-Job Easily the coolest concept car, being that it was the first ever made. It featured hidden powered headlights, wrap-around bumpers and door handles that were flush against the door. The Y-Job was Designed by Harvey Earl and recreated by Buick in 2001 as the Buick Blackhawk.
- 1938 Phantom Corsair Resembling some form of a bat-mobile, the Corsair required buttons to open the doors and was built on the most advanced chassis of the era. This concept car was powered by a super-charged 4.7L V8. The car was never reproduced. It rests peacefully in the National Automobile Museum in Reno.
- 2000 GMC Terradyne Ten years after the prototype was released, this behemoth industrial truck still has a futuristic design about it. The Terradyne featured stainless steel construction, an extendable bed and an onboard 5,000 watt generator capable of providing power for an entire home.
- 2004 Volvo YCC The YCC, or "Your Concept Car," was the first concept designed entirely by women in an effort to better meet the needs of female drivers. Instead of using caps, the windshield washer fluid and gasoline tanks utilized a ball valve and the headrests included an indentation for ponytails. Any engine maintenance required the removal of the entire front end. Perfect for your girlfriend, but we wouldn't show it off to the boys!
- 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car When your car needs fuel, vegetable oil, kerosene, jet fuel and tequila don't cross your mind. The '63 Turbine Cars burned all that and more as fuel. Running on virtually anything, its no doubt that this is one of the coolest concept cars.
- 2008 BMW M1 Hommage A design blend of the late-seventies M1 and the Turbo show car, the Hommage is a sexy little thing complete with a mid-engine rear-wheel drive chassis. Sadly, no specifications have been released and BMW has not mentioned if this car will be produced.
- 1962 Ford Mustang I This little two-seater is indeed the beginning of one of the most important muscle cars ever. This four-banger mid-engine four-speed sports car was built from the ground up in just 100 days. One of the coolest concept cars ever? We think so, too.
1955 Gaylord Gladiator Developed by two brothers hoping to reinvent the American luxury car, the Gladiator cost a whopping $17,500 when it was made, which is now about $140,000! Utilizing a V-8 and a retractable hardtop, Gladiator production was sadly shut-down in '56 after only three were made.
2008 Hummer HX A modern concept, the HX is smaller than both the H3 and H2, sports a slant-back and is driven by a 3.6L V6. This concept car features two removable doors, removable fender flares, removable roof and sheet-metal interior panels. Designed specifically for off-roading, the fact that it was featured in the latest Transformers release makes it one of the coolest concept cars.
- 2010 Toyota/Subaru FT-86 A joint sports car project between two large Japanese companies that promises to bring us all to our knees, the FT-86 will be a Toyota in Japan and a Subaru everywhere else. Toyota's will feature a four-cylinder boxer engine through a six-speed manual transmission, giving somewhere between 200 to 250hp. Subaru's promises to be bigger, heavier and provide somewhere around 300hp if STI gets ahold of it.