The 1987 Oldsmobile Aerotech Was Not Your Great-Grandson's Oldsmobile

Back in the late 1980s, Oldsmobile tried to shake off their geriatric image with the "Not your father's Oldsmobile" ad campaign. It did not work. But around the same time, they put out a futuristic concept car that looked like an Olds your great-grandkids would drive someday. » 3/28/14 7:00pm 3/28/14 7:00pm

The Mercedes-Benz Auto 2000 Was The Car Of The Future In 1981

What do you think people in the early 1980s imagined when they pictured the Car of the Future? Did they fly, making highways obsolete? Did they look like spaceships? Maybe to some, but the government of Germany had their eyes on a far more realistic and ultimately correct goal: fuel economy. » 2/21/14 5:30pm 2/21/14 5:30pm

The Mazda MX-04 Concept Would Have Been A Very Strange Miata

Spurred on by an idea that came from an American automotive journalist, Mazda spent the better part of the 1980s trying to cook up the perfect revival of the classic British roadster, the MX-5 Miata. But that road had a few interesting detours along the way. » 2/14/14 6:00pm 2/14/14 6:00pm

The Pontiac Stinger Was A Beach-Going Funmobile With A Garden Hose

The 1980s are not remembered as a high point for General Motors. Their vehicles from that decade were mostly sad machines that lagged behind European and Japanese rivals and reeked of questionable quality. But even then, the General could put out some innovative and unique ideas from time to time. » 1/03/14 6:00pm 1/03/14 6:00pm

Meet The Concept Car That Was Too Wild For Volvo

It seems that Volvo these days is trying to jazz things up a little bit. First they debuted the very stylish Volvo Concept Coupe, and then this week they released some outlandish artistic takes on another upcoming concept that look like violent acid trips. » 12/20/13 6:30pm 12/20/13 6:30pm

This Rear-Engine Hatchback Almost Became The New Mini Cooper

In 1994, BMW made the curious decision to buy Britain's beleaguered Rover Group. It didn't work as well as they had hoped, and in 2000 they dumped all but one of Rover's brands: Mini. That ended up a smash success, but the car almost turned out very differently. » 12/06/13 5:45pm 12/06/13 5:45pm

The Toyota FT-HS Is The Hybrid Supra That Sort Of Became A Reality

As we wrap up another Tokyo Motor Show and say goodbye all of its wonderful displays of Japanese weirdness, I can't help but be a little disappointed again. There's one car I keep hoping to come out of that show that never happens: a new Toyota Supra. » 11/22/13 5:45pm 11/22/13 5:45pm

The Ferrari 512S Modulo Is The Weirdest Ferrari Ever By A Wide Margin

Here's a fun problem to have. Let's say you're a car company famous for going racing. You built yourself a bunch of racing cars so you could beat the pants off your biggest rival. Then you find out you have a couple leftovers! What the hell do you do with them? » 10/25/13 4:02pm 10/25/13 4:02pm

The Ford GT90 May Have Been The Greatest Concept Car Ever

Concept cars are, by their very nature, ephemeral creatures. They appear at auto shows, dazzle us or underwhelm us, and then disappear. Some go into production, some inspire later designs, but most vanish forever. But few — if any — concept cars have remained in our collective consciousness like the 1995 Ford GT90. » 10/04/13 4:51pm 10/04/13 4:51pm