Welcome back to What The Hell Is This?, where we harness our collective brainpower to identify mysterious new vehicles. From Motor Trend's Instagram page comes a real head-scratcher of a crossover SUV.
So you may have heard that there's a new Mad Max movie coming out. And, aside from providing a ton of screenshots that could be mistaken for a day at Burning Man, there's one thing you know a Mad Max movie will provide: lots of heavily modified cars. Let's see if we can figure out what they all are!
We've got so many features and amenities in modern cars that would prove absolutely mind-blasting to people from the past. Screens that display real-time maps, heads-up displays, A/C that works, and on and on. But we've never beaten this 1939 Horch 930S that has a freaking sink in the fender.
As I've been packing up the near-get-me-institutionalized levels of crap in my house, I occasionally come across something more interesting than a desiccated squirrel carcass or a box of Sega cartridges. This was one of those times — I found a 1963 Ford Book of Styling, and in it, this amazing mystery wagon.
I really love it when something genuinely unexpected comes into our tips email. And I can't think of anything more unexpected than a bunch of pictures from what appears to be a 1912 "Mudguard Contest" in France.
Let's just go down the list: Dutch, mid-engined, amphibious, double-ended, drivable from either end, four-wheel steering, four-wheel drive. Ok, it's not rotary-engined, or air-cooled, sure, but it's not bad. It's the DAF-139 prototype.
Raph showed me this picture the other day, and was clearly confused and disturbed. Ashen and shaking, he pulled the picture out of his worn leather valise. "H-H-How?" he stammered. "What is it? Can it harm us?" I chuckled warmly, and decanted the contents of my Thermos on his head. "Let's get to the bottom of this," I…