Concepts From Future Past: Autobianchi Runabout

Revealed at the 1969 Turin Motor Show, Bertone showed off this wild ride which looks a bit like what might have happened if Speed Racer’s Mach 5 mated with a powerboat. Continue reading »

A $2 Million Porsche-Designed RV Has A Full Bedroom And Bathroom

Newell Coach has created the 2020 Newell Coach p50 1675, a $2 million home on wheels.

The company has been crafting motor homes for half a century, and the p50 was created to honor the company’s 50th anniversary. Newell also has a longstanding partnership with Porsche Design, which collaborated with Newell on the body style of the motor home. Continue reading »

Meet The Davis Divan: The Outrageous Three-Wheeled Sedan That Almost Made It

The history of auto design is filled with failed ideas and strange prototypes that never made it to the production line. In the wake of World War II especially, the industry kicked into high gear. Continue reading »

Amazing Vintage Photos Of 1937 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet

This custom Cadillac is probably the most extreme cabriolet ever built. The car was originally commissioned by wealthy playboy Philippe Barraud. He wanted a custom car constructed on a grand scale and in late 1936 ordered a 452 cu in Cadillac V16 chassis through the Edelweiss Garage in Lausanne, Switzerland. Continue reading »

Rusty 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Barn Find Sells For Staggering $800,000

There are crazy undertakings and then there’s this rusted-out 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster barn find that recently sold for an astonishing $800,000 by the folks at Beverly Hills Car Club. The buyer’s identity wasn’t disclosed, but it’s safe to say that whoever it is, they’re in for quite a restoration project. Continue reading »

Streamliners: Locomotives And Bullet Trains In The Age Of Speed And Style

A streamliner is a vehicle incorporating streamlining in a shape providing reduced air resistance. The term is applied to high-speed railway trainsets of the 1930s to 1950s, and to their successor “bullet trains”. Less commonly, the term is applied to fully faired recumbent bicycles. Continue reading »

1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamline Roadster By Erdmann & Rossi

Mercedes commissioned Erdmann & Rossi to produce a special show car for the 1935 Barcelona exhibition based upon their 500K. One of the visitors was King Ghazi of Iraq, who expressed his desire to buy the car and MB built another (540K) car powered by a Straight 8-cyl 5018cc supercharged (180hp) engine with a 4/5-speed manual transmission as a special order and the car was shipped to Iraq. Continue reading »

Destroyed Apple Products As Art In Stunning Photographs By Michael Tompert And Paul Fairchild

When does an iPhone or an iPad cease to be a mere consumer gadget and enter the rarefied world of visual art? How about when someone willfully destroys it, turning it into an abstract, brutalized husk of its former self? Continue reading »

Rita – The Girl Who Happily Lives With A Bionical Hand

The story of a young Russian woman deprived of hands by her jealous husband shocked all the country. Doctors managed to perform a complicated operation and save one hand, and the second one has now been replaced with a prosthesis. Continue reading »

Mercedes-Benz Unveils Scale-Covered Concept Car Inspired By Avatar Movie

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its take on the vehicle as a “living creature” with the Vision AVTR concept, which takes design cues from the sci-fi fantasy film Avatar. Dubbed the Vision AVTR, the design takes its name not only from the Avatar film it was inspired by, but also stands for “Advanced Vehicle Transformation”. Continue reading »

The Best Photos Of The Spectacular One-Off 1965 Dodge Deora Pickup Truck

The Deora is a 1965 Dodge A100 pickup truck that was heavily customized by Mike and Larry Alexander in Detroit for the 1967 Detroit Autorama, also known as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.” Believe it or not, after winning many awards, including the Ridler in 1967, it became the prototype for a Hot Wheels car, and plastic model kit. Continue reading »

An Incredible Jet Engine Barbeque Grill Built By Delta Airlines Techs Using Scrapped Pratt & Whitney Parts

The talented techs of Delta Airlines built a working barbeque grill using scrapped Pratt & Whitney PW2000 series engine parts that looks like a real 757 jet engine. Continue reading »

1972 Toyota RV2: ‘Idea’ Car Turns A Station Wagon Into A Recreational Vehicle

The RV-2 was a 2-door wagon concept car. The rear side windows opened out like clam shells to hold up a tent like covering. This made the rear area into living quarters similar to a popup caravan. A brochure was circulated around to dealers and magazines took the prototype for test drives but it went no further. Continue reading »

1959 Cadillac Cyclone Concept, An Indication Of The United States Obsession With Jet Design And Aerodynamics

In the 1950s the United States was obsessed with jet plane design, which was applied to other non related products including cars. Between 1949 and 1961 General Motors launched their concept cars every year at the Motorama shows, which were highly anticipated throughout the country. Jet design had already inspired the designers of the three Firebird concepts launched between 1954 and 1950. With their gas turbine engines, they were literally road going jets. In 1959 Cadillac joined the ‘jet age’ with the Cyclone Concept. Continue reading »

A Walking Bicycle That Uses The Mechanical Design Of Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Wind-Powered Strandbeest

A craftsman for The Q science channel quite skillfully built a walking bicycle that employs the same mechanical design pioneered by Theo Jansen for his incredible Strandbeests, a series of wind-powered kinetic sculptures. The craftsman carefully designed, cut and welded the piece that would replace the back wheel of a black bicycle. Continue reading »