Locked away deep within cavernous buildings owned by automakers are teams of designers and engineers. They get little exposure to sunlight, short bathroom breaks and limited contact with the outside world. Yet these dedicated professionals sometimes create some incredible machines that inspire us, and never make it to production. This is for all of those awesome concept cars management thought nobody would buy, but we would and maybe you would too.
We’re not talking about the original car, of course, but the concept that was built as part of the Lamborghini brand’s 40th anniversary. Instead of being yet another geometric mess like pretty much all modern Lambos, this one was different. It had oval headlights, soft curves and a look that surely would appeal to people with taste.
Lamborghini, being a proud company, said that it will never bring such a nostalgic vehicle to production because it doesn’t look to the past, but instead focuses on the future. While that piece of Yoda wisdom is great and all, this car should’ve been made, at least in limited numbers.
It still pains so many that this car turned out to be a pipe dream, because it could’ve been so much more. Jaguar worked with the Williams F1 race team to develop this wondrous supercar. It would’ve shown everyone that a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain could be used for extreme performance. Supposedly, the car was going to reach 220 mph and dash from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.0 seconds.
Grown men sobbed uncontrollably when the Brits said the car wasn’t going to be made after all; their hearts absolutely crushed.
Buick Y Job
Not all concept cars that were great were made in recent times. Back in 1938 Buick wowed everyone with the Y Job. Sure, it’s a weird and potentially dirty name, but the car introduced some important design elements that made their way to production models. Among them were hidden headlights, the absence of useless running boards and integrated fenders for a more modern look.
The car still looks great today and people still wonder why Buick didn’t release it to the public.