Unique concept cars that never made it to production

Taking a look back at some of the best concept cars and why they never went into production is a great mystery.

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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force

The concept car is no surprise, as SUV models have become more of a status symbol in recent years



Photo: Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz isn’t the first company to come to mind when you think of an extreme off-road.

But that’s exactly what happened with the Ener-G-Force concept.

Although the vehicle was fuel-cell powered and had a range of 500 miles, it looked like it could take anything on.

Bugatti Galibier

What was supposed to be slotted as the successor to the Veyron ended up confusing a lot of Bugatti loyalists.



Photo: Motor 1.

2009 was an interesting year for concept cars, and perhaps one of the most interesting was the Galibier concept car.

The styling of the car was more reminiscent of the Porsche Panamera than anything else

Saleen S5S Raptor

This beautifully sculpted sports car was set to be produced, but the company’s financial woes at the time prevented it.



Photo: Motor 1.

Saleen is a company that does more than just juice up your local Mustang.

The brand has also been known to design supercars from time to time.

The S5S Raptor concept car was one such example.


So yes, the S5S is about as close to a production car as a concept vehicle car (via Car Junky).

Jaguar C-X75

The styling of the car far exceeded anything else that has hit the automotive circuit in a long time.



Photo: Jaguar.

Jaguar introduced many unique concept cars to the auto show circuit over the past few years with the C-X75 being one of the main and most recent ones.


A parallel hybrid electric model, the C-X75 took a lot of technology to the next level (via Jaguar).

Ford Shelby GR-1

The GR-1 was a unique sports car concept that was road-ready and beautiful.



Photo: Ford.

There have been many unique Shelby models over the past two decades.

The GR-1 was a unique sports car concept that was road-ready and beautiful.

With a style that blends a modern day Mustang and a Ford GT together, the GR-1 was amazingly beautiful.

Released in 2004, the GR-1 was built for a purpose, and the only model ever built was sold at auction for $82,500 (via Super Performance).

Cadillac Ciel

The styling hearkens back to a time when Cadillac was known for large and opulent convertibles.



Photo: Cadillac.

The Cadillac Ciel is in line with many Cadillac concept cars that have hit the auto show scene.

Much like the El Dorado and many of the classic Cadillacs of the 1950s, the model takes traditional styling and blends it into the future.

There have been many beautiful Cadillac concept cars in the past couple of decades, but the Ciel stood out from the crowd.

Chrysler Atlantic

Released in 1995 to many ovations, the retro-inspired roadster was much more put together than the Plymouth Prowler production car was.



Photo: Chrysler.

The Chrysler Corporation was on a design spree in the ’90s with many interesting concept cars hitting the market.

Perhaps the most notable was the Chrysler Atlantic sports car concept.

Smooth lines and a beautiful design made the Atlantic a real possibility

Chrysler ME Four-Twelve

The styling was beautiful, and the car was a fully running prototype model.



The Chrysler ME Four-Twelve is a beautiful carbon-fibered supercar concept introduced in 2004.

Chrysler had cornered a certain portion of the market with the Dodge Viper, but that was a rough and tough sports car whereas the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve was a more sedate option for higher-priced clientele.

Nissan IDx

The car was a modern rendition of what you’d expect the sedan to look like and it came across well



There’s no denying that the Datsun 510 is one of the most iconic cars in auto history.

The Nissan brand was built on the back of the 510 car, and the popularity has lasted all these years after.

Nissan released a 510 rear-wheel-drive concept car to the market in 2013 to much fanfare.

The car was a modern rendition of what you’d expect the sedan to look like and it came across well.

Unique concept cars that never made it to production

Taking a look back at some of the best concept cars and why they never went into production is a great mystery.



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