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.

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Concept cars are automotive dreams on wheels. These one-of-a-kind jewels are built to showcase an automaker's fancy new technology or give a glimpse of how future models will look. Check out pictures and profiles of dozens of the most colorful and spectacular concept cars of all time.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The 1940s and 1950s Cadillac LaSalle concept cars gave hope for an eventual LaSalle return. But LaSalle did not survive the 1940s. Learn about the 1940s and 1950s Cadillac LaSalle concept cars.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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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.

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

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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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The 1989 Pontiac Stinger concept car was basically a set of accessories on wheels. It was aimed at younger people as a multi-purpose vehicle. See pictures and a profile of the 1989 Pontiac Stinger concept car.

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The 1988 Renault Megane concept car had European style and attitude. It had 4 sliding doors and elegants seats that resembled the ones seen on private airplanes. See pictures and a profile of the innovative 1988 Renault Megane concept car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

A pair of 1960s and 1970s Duesenberg concept cars attempted to revive the Model J. The Model D concept was a result of their attempt to improve a legend. Learn about the 1960s and 1970s Duesenberg concept cars and see pictures.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The 1950s and 1960s Chrysler Turbine concept cars held great promise for the future. Chrysler lent 50 of them to 203 people between 1963 and 1966 for public test drives. Learn about the 1950s and 1960s Chrysler Turbine concept cars.

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The 1946 Beechcraft Plainsman concept car was an airplane maker's ugly folly. The name Plainsman was most likely chosen by Beechcraft to emphasize the links between its aircraft and its odd-looking concept car. See a profile and pictures of the 1946 Beechraft Plainsman concept car.

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The 1958 Lincoln Mark II concept car was undone by the more profitable Mark III. The Continental Mark II was built to answer requests for a modern successor to the classic first Continental line of 1940-1948. See pictures and a profile of the 1958 Lincoln Mark II concept car.

By the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Trax is "one of three Chevrolet minicar global concepts" being unveiled at this year's New York Auto Show.

By Andrew Bowser

A flying-car-style rescue vehicle called X-Hawk could be on the market as early as 2012. If it's successful it could be the proof-of-concept that opens the doors to other flying cars still in the development stage but nearing marketability.

By Julia Layton

The Tesla Roadster is fast, fancy, handles like a dream, and goes like a rocket but it's virtually silent. Tesla's first production car is also the world's first high-performance electric car.

By Ed Grabianowski

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It's sleek. It's aerodynamic. It's powered entirely by hydrogen. The BMW H2R has already set nine speed records in its class. Learn all about the H2R and BMW's unique liquid-hydrogen combustion engine.

By Eric Tucker

It's based on the chassis and suspension of the production Ford GT, and it's packing 600 horsepower. But its look is truly vintage. Check out a concept car that could be winning races in the next few years.

By Ed Grabianowski