A Look at 15 Unconventional Cars

Family Farm, Malvern, AR/Facebook

These unconventional cars hit the road less traveled and break the boundaries of design and functionality. Buckle up and prepare to be surprised!

Leyat Helica

Mojo’s Collections./Facebook

Imagine a motorcycle with a car cabin. Look no further than the Leyat Helica, a three-wheeled Swiss oddity featuring a reclined driving position and a helicopter-inspired bubble canopy.

Tesla Cybertruck

Everything Tesla/Facebook

This futuristic electric pickup from Tesla breaks the mold with its sharp angles, stainless steel body, and armored glass. The Cybertruck’s design prioritizes utility and durability, making a bold statement on the road.

Fiat Multipla


Love or hate it, the Fiat Multipla is undeniably unique. This quirky minivan from Italy features three headlights and a bug-like appearance, and it has become a cult classic.

Stout Scarab

20s & 30s American Cars/Facebook

Resembling a futuristic beetle, the Stout Scarab was an American innovation from the 1930s. This aerodynamic marvel featured an airplane-style canopy and a rear engine, concepts ahead of their time.

Reeves-Overland Octoauto

Tbilisi Automuseum – თბილისის ავტომუზეუმი.?/Facebook

This bizarre contraption from 1911 holds the record for most passengers in a single car – a whopping 20! The Octoauto featured three rows of seats facing outwards, making for a truly social, if slightly terrifying, ride.


SuperFly Autos/Facebook

Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion cars were revolutionary concepts built for efficiency. Thanks to their unique design, these teardrop-shaped vehicles offered exceptional fuel economy and a surprisingly spacious interior.

Zippo Car

Time Travelers – come travel back in time/Facebook

Looking like a giant chrome lighter, the Zippo Car was a promotional oddity from 1947. Powered by a motorcycle engine and featuring a single seat, this quirky car was more of a conversation starter than a practical means of transportation.

Volkswagen Thing

Sean Zeck/Facebook

Based on the iconic WWII military vehicle, the Thing was a stripped-down, open-air car produced by Volkswagen in the 1960s and 70s. Simple, rugged, and perfect for sunny days, the Thing became a favorite among beach lovers and off-road enthusiasts.

Nissan Cube

Nissan Cube club/Facebook

This boxy Nissan hatchback stands apart from the crowd with its asymmetrical design and unique features like off-center rear windows. The Cube favors practicality and interior space, offering a quirky alternative to traditional hatchbacks.

Chrysler Turbine Car

Classic and Recreation Sportscars/Facebook

Chrysler experimented with alternative fuels in the 1960s with their innovative turbine-powered cars. While never mass-produced, these futuristic vehicles offered smooth, quiet operation and the ability to run on various fuels, including gasoline and diesel.

Peel P50

Wheel Warehouse/Facebook

This microcar from the Isle of Man might be the smallest street-legal car ever made. Imagine a bubble on wheels—that’s essentially the Peel P50! Despite its size, it could fit one adult and a briefcase, making it a quirky solution for short, single-passenger commutes.

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Springfield Park District/Facebook

It’s more than a hot dog on wheels; it’s a marketing icon! The Wienermobile, a giant dachshund-shaped vehicle, has promoted Oscar Mayer products since the 1930s. This playful and instantly recognizable car brings smiles to faces wherever it goes.

Aurora 500

The Oldsmobile Edge /Wikipedia

Remember the movie “Back to the Future”? The gullwing doors of the DeLorean DMC-12 weren’t entirely fictional. The Aurora 500, a short-lived American luxury car from the 1970s, also featured these dramatic upward-opening doors, adding a touch of theatricality to the driving experience.

Bond Bug

Dave Powley/Facebook

This three-wheeled microcar from the UK was designed for pure fun. The open-air Bond Bug offered a lightweight, zippy driving experience, perfect for sunny days and twisty roads. Think of it as a motorcycle with a bit more weather protection.


Hagerty Drivers Foundation/Facebook

Amphibious cars might seem like a fantasy, but the Amphicar from the 1960s delivered. This unique car could transition from land to water, offering the freedom of the road and the thrill of cruising on lakes. While not the most practical vehicle, it provided a unique combination of capabilities.

Written by Devin J