. . . [We] dream of cars that will float and fly, or run on energy from a laser beam, or travel close to the ground without wheels. Such research may border on the fantastic, but so did the idea of a carriage going about the country without a horse.
—The Ford Book of Styling, 1963
Concept cars, or “dream cars” are the prototypes that were never intended for mass production, but instead to inspire future possibilities and to push the limits of automotive design. From the horseless carriage to the modern automobile today, automobiles have evolved to be highly functional objects that are almost inseparable from the modern era. This list of dream cars was chosen from hundreds of concept cars between 1932 and the present day, and are sure to expand the imagination of what’s possible in todays’ design.
Norman Timbs Special, 1947
Stout Scarab, 1936
Edsel Ford Model 40 Special Speedster, 1934
Chrysler Thunderbolt, 1941
Chrysler (Ghia) Streamline X “Gilda,” 1955
Paul Arzens L’Œuf électrique, 1942
General Motors Le Sabre XP-8, 1951
Buick Centurion XP-301, 1956
Pininfarina (Ferrari) Modulo, 1970
Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero, 1970
General Motors Firebird XP-21, 1953