Not all cars are born equal. Some cost more than others, some are more powerful, and some… well, some just look strange. Read on to discover some of the most bizarre-looking cars to have ever hit the road.
1. Toyota Sera
Even today, few cars have gull wings. Back in the 1990s, it was an attention-grabbing design statement of two of the fastest and most powerful cars of the decade – the Saleen S7 and the iconic McLaren F1 which, at the time, entered the market as the fastest road-legal car ever.
Luckily, there was a lower-cost alternative for those who wanted the look but didn’t boast the budget for such a motor (or the insurance) – the Toyota Sera. An outlandish car that proudly boasted an impressive pair of gull wings despite its 1.5-litre inline four cylinder engine that was capable of producing just 108 horsepower and 97 pound-feet of torque.
2. Lamborghini LM002
When you think of Lamborghini, you probably think of their iconic, low sitting supercars. What you may not know is that in 1986, the Italian automaker created what can only be described as a monstrosity of an SUV. Called the LM002, it was an off-road truck that Lamborghini initially built for military use. Production models were also built, however, during the model’s seven-year run from 1986 to 1993. These civilian production models featured full Lamborghini regalia, including full leather trim, tinted power windows, air conditioning, and even a premium stereo system that was mounted in a roof console.
3. 2013 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG G 3 6X6
Staying with the theme of SUVs for a moment, let us also mention the AMG G 3 6×6 by German giant Mercedes Benz. While the AMG has a long-held reputation as the motor of choice for villains on the big screen, the bad boy machine was given an extreme makeover for the 6×6 version, which saw it acquire an additional rear axle for a total of six wheels.
The 231.3-inch long AMG G 63 6X6 is powered by a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Despite its size, it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds, making it one of the scariest production vehicles on the road. A true mayhem machine.
4. Fiat Multipla
Coming in at fourth place is a car that belongs here for one reason above all others – the Fiat Mulitpla. Not because of its supervillain status or gull-wing doors, but because it has consistently been voted the ugliest car on the road. But before we write off this eyesore completely, let’s pause to reflect on one of its unique features – six headlights.
Not satisfied that the standard two headlamps were sufficient, Fiat gave the Multipla six of them, including two headlamps loaded on the elevated windshield of the compact MPV.
5. 1950 BMW Isetta 300
Contrary to what you may assume, the tiny, three-wheeled BMW Isetta 300 is classified as a normal car (technically a microcar). Despite its bizarre appearance, the Isetta 300 was actually a hot ticket vehicle in the 1950s and incredibly earned the status of top-selling single-cylinder car in the world with over 161,000 units sold.
The Isetta was lost to the history pages for a long time until finding fame in several publications, television programs, and movies in the last two decades. The microcar’s comeback to automotive consciousness has turned it into an in-demand classic, underscoring its status as one of the most unique models BMW has ever built.
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