Strangest-Looking Cars of All Time

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Cars have evolved drastically over time, from their design to their technology. But have you ever seen a car so unique looking that it makes you do a double take? If not, check out some of these strange-looking cars ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

  1. 1935 Stout Scarab
    Chrysler is known to be the pioneer of the modern-day minivan, a concept stemming from the automaker’s 1935 Stout Scarab — a six-seater vehicle with unibody construction and a well-furnished interior including wood trim, a card table, and middle-row swivel seats that could spin 180 degrees. Sounds like the perfect car for a road trip!

  2. 1961 Amphicar
    You may be familiar with the flying-car concept popularized by The Jetsons, but how about a car that turns into a boat? Made in Germany from 1961 to 1967, the Amphicar was the most popular commercial amphibious vehicle in history, with nearly 4,000 made over its production run. The vehicle featured a pair of propellers that could provide a cruising speed of up to seven knots, and its front tires acted as rudders to guide the vehicle through the water.

  3. 1963 Chrysler Turbine
    The Chrysler Turbine was an alternative-fuel vehicle ahead of its time. Powered by a pair of turbines rather than a traditional internal combustion engine, this vehicle could run on anything, from JP-4 jet fuel to vegetable oil. Rather than sell the car, Chrysler hand-picked families to test each of its 200 Turbine models. According to Chrysler, only nine survive today, five of which are drivable.

  4. 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood 75
    Three-row SUVs and minivans may be the modern-day go-to for car buyers shopping for vehicles that hold five or more passengers, but in 1973, sedans were also an option. Marketed as a limousine to commercial drivers as well as a passenger sedan to regular car buyers, the Cadillac Fleetwood 75 held nine passengers and stretched nearly 21 feet long.

  5. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12
    Popularized by its recurring role in the Back to the Future movie franchise, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a stainless-steel sports car styled by renowned automotive designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and birthed from the vision of the late former General Motors executive John DeLorean. In 1981, approximately 9,000 DeLoreans were produced before legal and sales troubles led to the brand’s demise in 1982.

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