Five of the strangest cars ever made
Five of the strangest cars ever made

Five of the strangest cars ever made

1. Reliant Robin

The Reliant Robin which was first manufactured in 1973 is likely most successful three wheeler in history and it had a very passionate following. The quirky three wheeled vehicle, was powered by a 750cc inline 4 cylinder engine, which was upgraded to 850cc in 1975. This was good for 29kW and 60Nm and a top speed of 128km/h. It was rear wheel drive and had a 4 speed manual transmission. The weight of the Robin was a mere 436kgs.

It is also the second most popular fibreglass car in history, it is also most likely one the most unstable vehicles to ever be produced in history. Love it or hate it, it has become a cultural icon in Britain.

2. Stout Scarab

The worlds first minivan was produced by William Stout a former executive at Ford Motors. It was considered highly innovative at the time and was one of the first vehicles to use independent coil springs in all four corners. it was powered by a Ford V8 at the rear, it also had six seats and a table on the inside, and was consider to be quite ahead of its time.

Unfortunately due to the rather hefty price tag at the time and many viewing the Scarab as ugly it is said that only 9 was ever sold and of the 9 only 5 are accounted for on this day.

3. BMW Isetta

The car originated with the Italian firm of Iso SpA, now known as ISO Rivolta. However in 1954 BMW began talking with Rivolta in  bought not just a license but the complete Isetta body tooling as well.

BMW made the Isetta their own, they redesigned the engine around their own 1 cylinder 247cc motorcycle engine which had a power output of 9kW.

Although the BMW Isetta does not offer the greatest experience to drive and rather unpractical however it was the first car to do 3l/100km making it extremely sought after the Suez energy crisis, it also ended up saving  Bavarian automaker from being sold by Herbert Quandt after the second world war had financially crippled BMW.

At one time, the BMW Isetta was the best-selling single-cylinder engined car in the world, with 161,728 examples sold through all generations of the Vehicle.

4. Plymouth Prowler

The Plymouth Prowler was first manufactured in 1997. It came with a 3.5-litre SOHC V6 producing 160Kw, sent through it is 4 speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. The 1950’s hot rod styling of the Prowler did not appeal to everyone and price tag was another detergent start at 38,300 USD dollar with an optional extra matching trailer for another 5000 USD.

The Prowler was not practical at all and the ride quality was horrendous at best. Later models had improvements made on the suspension and engine, however the prowler promised much but never delivered on any of them.

 

 

5. Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck was first revealed in November 2019, it has now been delayed until Q4 2022 with significant volume production will only take place in 2023, however there has  already been more than one million reservations for the all electric pick up. The refundable reservation fee is currently  R1431.

When the Cybertruck launches it will definitely be one of the best selling electric pick ups in the market.

Depending on the spec chosen, 0-100 km/h can range between 6.5 seconds to sub 3.0 seconds which is rather ridiculous when considering the Cybertruck will weight 3+ tons.

The Cybertruck is definitely one of the most interesting vehicles in this day and age, and it is to be seen if it will live up to the hype.

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