Weird-Looking Cars You've Never Seen Before

Hannah DeWitt
Jan 19, 2022 · 3 min read
In the 100-plus years of the automotive industry, there have been some truly beautiful vehicles sprinkled throughout car history. We've reported on some of the best cars from every decade, as well as the oldest cars in the world
While it’s always fun to focus on the highlights of the automotive world, we figured we’d do the opposite for a change. We’ve decided to take a closer look at some of the more bizarre vehicles carmakers have put out over the years. With that in mind, here is our list of the weirdest-looking cars, ranked accordingly. 
Sky-blue coupe convertible driving on the street
Whether long, stout, bulbous, or streamlined, there is no shortage of strange, eye-catching car designs.

Fourth-weirdest car: the 1935 Stout Scarab

Before minivans conquered the suburbs, there was the Stout Scarab. At first glance, the Stout Scarab looks more like a submarine with wheels than a car, according to U.S. News and World Report. It has a distinct oblong shape that is nearly symmetrical. To make things even stranger, the Stout Scarab has a rear engine and unibody construction.  
The interior is just as strange, as this six-seater has a card-playing table in the back. While it is easy to poke fun at this weird van prototype, it is a highly sought-after collector's item, as only nine were ever produced.  

Third-weirdest car: the 1996 Suzuki X-90

As SUVs were exploding in popularity in the mid-90s, carmakers were experimenting with different designs. Some of these went on to be successful, others became the target of mockery, like the Suzuki X-90. 
Some critics would describe the X-90 as looking like a tennis shoe. It is extremely tiny by ‘90s SUV standards, yet it is built on a truck chassis that gives it poor handling. Its engine could only produce 95 horsepower, leaving gearheads unimpressed. 
However, Red Bull loved the X-90. The energy drink company uses the X-90 as a promotional car, after mounting a giant Red Bull can on top. 

Second-weirdest car: Karlmann King

If you love brutalist design and are growing impatient with Tesla's Cybertruck production delays, then maybe you should consider the Karlmann King. The Karlmann King is the only contemporary vehicle to make our list, as it looks like a stealth fighter built with polygons. 
While its aesthetic may be polarizing, everyone is impressed with this SUV's specs. This beast rests on a Ford F-550 truck chassis and carries a 6.8-liter V10 engine. The interior is also impressive, as all models come with a built-in coffee maker and a 45-inch flat-screen attached to a PS4. The cost for this rugged piece of luxury is $2.2 million. 

What is the weirdest-looking car?

It was a tough call, but we’re awarding the title of “weirdest-looking car” to the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74. Just looking at this car will get the Jetsons theme song stuck in your head. The Cadillac has a bubble dome encasing the entire cabin. Who needs a moonroof if everything above the dash is glass? 
While the back glass can be folded down into a convertible, the car has no roll-down windows. As such, GM engineers decided to install an intercom system so the driver could communicate with people outside of the car.

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