Concept cars are part of the automotive industry, and have been for the last 50 years. We love them, but the problem is a lot of them never make it into production.Car manufacturers often like to just give us teasers of up and coming ‘design influences’, as opposed to actually building the damn sexy car they’ve just mocked up.
It is an annoying notion, so with that being said, here are the 10 best looking concepts that were never given the go-ahead.
BMW have already created an M1, and it was rather good. It never really sold well -- mainly because it was so overpriced you'd be better off buying 20 tonnes of gold -- but that doesn't mean it was a bad car.
The original M1 now resides under 'classic', thanks to its creamy straight-six engine and bonkers-like performance, so when BMW unleashed a 21st century take on the M1 with this concept, the automotive world collectively started to take their pants down… but, unfortunately, there is a 'but', the Bavarians would never build this sexual piece of steel and technology.
What a waste of everyone's time.
Chevrolet isn't really that famous for cool cars -- apart from the Corvette -- so when they gave us the Corvette Four-Rotor, we were rather thrilled.
This 1970's concept was not only James Bond cool, but also bloody gorgeous, too! Oddly, this concept also featured a wankle engine -- like you'd find in a Mazda RX-8 -- and would have pushed 400bhp if produced.
God-awful name aside, the Maserati Birdcage is one of the sexiest concept cars ever made, thanks mostly to its wheels that have the circumference comparable to Mars and humps so sexual even Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas would be jealous.
Oh, and it was rumoured to pack 700bhp, too -- damn those Italians are their lack of trust in the world's multi-millionaires to buy this car. They definitely would have!
The 1970's weren't great for Mercedes, as this beautiful C111 concept proved with a scrapping of production thanks to the dodgy financial situation the Bavarian's found themselves in.
Shame then, as the C111 was not only cool, but it also featured gull-wing doors, which, as you know, are the greatest invention by man.
TVR has always produced super-fast sports cars, but when they wanted to crack the world's fastest production car record they turned to the Cerbera and gave it a 1000bhp 7.7-litre V12. Did they break the record? We'll never know, because TVR never produced the Speed 12.
Saab's current financial situation is dreadful, but perhaps they would have turned things around if they'd have put this bad-boy into production. The Aero X is beautiful in any language, and the Swedish outfit stunned the show when they unveiled the X, but as with so many concepts, it was canned.
If this car would have been less than $72,000, you'd of bought one, wouldn't you?
Jeep is one of the least cool or hip car manufacturers on the planet. But with the Hurricane, DAMN! Just look at those wheels. Jeep, do yourself a favour and put this thing into production.
Maybe only surfers in California will buy it but at least it'll be a sale!
Citroen, Citroen, Citroen; what are we going to do with you? You're cool now, that's a given with the DS3, so why, when you are on such a roll, would you not put the GT into production? Yes, you've never done a supercar before, but look at it; just look at it!
The French marque still claims a few will be made, but we've yet to see it. Don't hold your breath.
A bit confused as to what it is? Still sexually aroused enough to want to know more? That's ok, that's the normal reaction to the weird and wonderful Mercedes F400. This concept takes design inspiration from the SLR supercar and some other car that is rather odd, presumably.
Still a cracking looking motor though.
Jaguar didn't make the F-Type. And we never got to see a true replacement for the E-Type. Oh why oh why didn't they produce the F Type?
It looks truly exquisite i'm sure you'd agree.
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