Concept Cars

Concept cars are created by automakers to showcase new technologies and designs, but they are not mass-produced. Explore the future of automotive and see what you might be driving in a few years.


The 1963 Studebaker Westinghouse pickup truck concept was Studebaker's desperate last hope. The Westinghouse pickup concept was a simply styled cab-over-engine design with flat, easily stamped body panels. Learn about the 1963 Studebaker Westinghouse pickup truck.

The 1940s Willys 6/66 concept car was a promising proposal for a postwar compact car. It was conjured up during World War II and was modeled after the Willys-Overland prewar Americar compact. See pictures and a profile of the 1940s Willys 6/66 concept car.

The 1960s Studebaker concept cars were intriguing models that could have saved the company. But fast-falling demand for an aging group of cars and a general loss of public confidence closed down the company. See pictures and profiles of 1960s Studebaker concept cars.

The 1950s Willys concept cars ranged from sharp to dowdy, but their future was in South America. Like other failed automakers, Willys left behind many plans for future models. See pictures and a profile of 1950s Willys concept cars.

The Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird concept cars proposed pony car wagons. However, the innovative body style never appeared in showrooms. Learn about these Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird concept cars.

Many 1940s and 1950s Kaiser-Frazer concept cars were never built due to infighting. These concept cars may have given a false sense of hope about the future of the Kaiser-Frazer company. Check out 1940s and 1950s Kaiser-Frazer concept cars and see pictures.

The 1959 Charles Townabout concept car was an electric car in a custom VW body. But car buyers weren't quite ready to shell out the manufacturer's asking price for a small electric car. See pictures and a profile of the 1959 Charles Townabout concept car.

The 1962 and 1963 Chevrolet Corvair concept cars were rear-engine fantasies. The drivetrain comprised of a 150-horsepower turbocharged six and four-speed manual transmission. Learn about the beautiful 1962 and 1963 Chevrolet Corvair concept cars.

The 1970s Chevrolet Corvette concept cars imagined radical mid-engine Corvettes. Artful detailing and balanced proportions are some of the highlights of the Corvette concept cars. See a profile and pictures of 1970s Chevrolet Corvette concept cars.

The 1950s Gaylord concept cars represented Jim and Ed Gaylord's failed sports car ideal. They envisioned a sports car with modern two-seat envelope body with classic overtones. See pictures and a profile of the 1950s Gaylord concept cars.

The 1950s Chrysler concept cars reflected the taste of controversial designer Virgil Exner. Exner created a series of glamorous "idea cars," some came close to reaching dealerships. See a profile and pictures of 1950s Chrysler concept cars.

The 1960s Chrysler Concept Cars included plans for the ill-fated DeSoto line. All of Chrysler's full-size cars were to be completely redesigned for 1962 in a top-to-bottom corporate overhaul. Find out more about the 1960s Chrysler concept cars and see pictures.

The 1950s and 1960s Edsel concept cars were far more ambitious than what came to showrooms. These concept cars came too late to save the brand from being a flop. See pictures of 1950s and 1960s Edsel concept cars.

The 1972 Ford Carousel minivan concept car could have been the first modern minivan, but Ford missed the chance to tap into the large latent market for family haulers. Check out this 1972 Ford Carousel minivan concept car profile.

The 1960s Cadillac concept cars were bold looks into V-12 and V-16 luxury cars. But high production costs and selling prices made these multi-cylinder giant engines obsolete. Learn about 1960s Cadillac concept cars in profiles and pictures.

The 1985 Buick Wildcat concept car was an attempt by Buick to shed its stodgy image. Buick called the 1985 Wildcat concept car "an expression of muscular sculptural forms and exciting new mechanicals." See pictures and a profile of the 1985 Buick Wildcat concept car.

The 1988 Cadillac Voyage and 1989 Cadillac Solitaire concept cars continued a Cadillac tradition. Their innovative designs were made for high-speed travel. See pictures and a profile of two Cadillac concept cars.

The 1989 Chevrolet California IROC Camaro concept car presaged later Camaros. It was created as a paean to West Coast lifestyles. Learn about the 1989 Chevrolet California IROC Camaro concept car.

The 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Indy concept car took design cues from race cars. This mid-engine concept stretched toward the boundaries of not only all previous Corvettes, but of the sports car world. See pictures and a profile of the 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Indy concept car.

The 1989 Ferrari Mythos concept car drew on Ferrari's classic barchetta designs. The chassis and powertrain were based off the mid-engine Ferrari Testarossa. See pictures and a profile of the 1989 Ferrari Mythos concept car.

The 1988 Ford Splash concept car was part dune buggy, part marketing exercise. This concept car rekindled memories of Volkswagen-based dune buggies. See pictures and a profile of the bold 1988 Ford Splash concept car.

The 1989 Mitsubishi HSR concept car married advanced technology with sleek design. The bubble-top shape was meant to predict a look when highway speed limits are 200 mph. See pictures and a profile of the 1989 Mitsubishi HSR concept car.

The Oldsmobile Aerotech I concept car went 267 mph and inspired Olds designs. It was more of an engineering project than a design exercise. Learn about them all in this 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech concept car profile.

The otherworldly 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car took its name from a region on Mars. This concept car looked like a refugee from a futuristic race course. See pictures and a profile of the 1988 Peugeot Oxia concept car.

The 1989 Plymouth Speedster concept car blended motorcycle and car design. Fun and frolic, surf and swim were the basic themes of the Speedster concept. See pictures and a profile of the 1989 Plymouth speedster concept car.