You’re about to witness ten amazingly aesthetic pieces of engineering. These are our 10 favorite concept cars that never made the cut to go into full scale production (but should have).
1. Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo

This was a car Mercedes-Benz created for the video game Gran Turismo 6 and then actually turned into a real car to present at the LA Motor Show. This is what happens when a car company as big as Mercedes-Benz allows their design team to run wild with an idea. And we LOVE it!


Fun fact: The author of this post is friends with one of the designers. (Bastian Baudy, seen at 0:45 in the video, helping design beautiful concept cars like a boss.)
2. Mazda Furai

The ‘Nagare’ design language – which basically meant the Mazda designers were set free without limitations – in its purest form ever turned into an actual vehicle was the Mazda Furai. The word Furai means ‘sound of wind’ and just looking at this amazing concept car you can see why! A carbon fiber body catapulted forward by a brutally powerful rotary engine, it was an epic ride.
This sweet ride was powered by a 3-rotor wankel motor (similar to what was in the Mazda RX-7 and RX-8 cars, but MUCH more powerful) that produced 450hp. Unfortunately, the car was destroyed by fire while it was being road tested by Top Gear (the only magazine lucky enough to drive it) in 2008. It was never seen again and there seems to be no explanation as to what exactly caused the fire. RIP Furai.
3. 1938 Buick Y-Job

This one is significant, because it was the FIRST concept car EVER. Experimental cars were called X, so Y was the next step in the process: A concept car. While it didn’t go into full production, it set new design standards for Buicks to come and the vertical waterfall grille design is still being used by Buick today!
4. 1973 Chevrolet Aerovette

A car that could have arguably enabled Chevy to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche in the mid-engine sports car market, the Chevrolet Aerovette concept was doomed by the impending energy crisis at the time.
At one point equipped with a 4-rotor wankel engine (10 years before the Mazda RX-7 was built) and with amazing features (for the time) like gullwing doors and digital display panels, it’s sad that it never went to full production due to economical reasons.
5. 2005 Ford-Shelby GR-1

In 2006, the Ford GT went out of production and the GR-1 could have been the next Ford supercar. Instead they built the 2013 Shelby GT-500, which is essentially a crazy awesome Mustang but not a supercar. The GR-1’s 6.4-liter V-10 engine produces 605hp and has a look that’s beyond bosslike.
Ford, please build this car like a boss!
6. 2003 Cadillac Sixteen

Holy hell! This one has a 13.6-liter, V-16 engine that produces 1000hp. It rides on 24-inch tires and the bosslike cabin seats four people in comfort that you’d expect when you arrive in heaven. Unfortunately, Cadillac didn’t think people would buy this car. Instead you can see elements from the concept in current Cadillac cars.
7. Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina

Made exclusively for stock exchange billionaire James Glickenhaus, this car is as boss as they come. Based on the Ferrari Enzo (a supercar in itself), the P4/5 accelerates faster and handles better! It does 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3 seconds flat! What?!
$4 million is what it cost to create this masterpiece. The design is so flawless and unique that the custom-made butterfly doors eliminate wind noise even when this car is going 160 mph! Mind = Blown
We want one!
8. BMW M1 Hommage

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary BMW M1, the Bavarians made this stunning M1 Hommage concept car with the help of Lamborghini. It may hint at BMW wanting to be like a boss again in building a car as iconic as the M1. Good luck! We’ll be waiting for a mindblowing supercar Beamer.
9. Citroën GT

Produced for the video game Gran Turismo 5, the GT by French automaker Citroën was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Six total GTs were supposed to be built for sale to the public, but in 2010 production was suspended and we’ll likely never see this awesome car driving around anywhere. Ever.
10. Pontiac Banshee I

Built in 1964, this would have been an affordable sports car but was canned because it would’ve rivaled GM’s other sports car (the Corvette). In fact, it would’ve had the same amount of horsepower as the Corvette at the time, while weighing less! While it never made it into production, there were two examples built. They now belong to private collectors.
 
We hope you enjoyed this list of our 10 favorite concept cars that (unfortunately) never made it to production! Share this post with your friends and family to show them some marvels of automative engineering that didn’t make the cut for full scale production.