I don’t know how I managed to avoid coming across the Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car for the last 24 years of my life, but I sure am glad somebody brought it up in the comments section today.
This thing was basically a modular automobile, or at least, the idea for one, pretty similar to what our own Jason Torchinsky fantasized about a couple years ago. He was reminded of this again today looking at patent designs from electric pickup truck start-up company Rivian.
Reader johns1111 did prove that Torch might not have been the first person to invent a multimodal car body, but more importantly, they gave us an excuse to revisit the wonderful Vario. If you are as interested in it as I suddenly was, check out this old Jalopnik post about the weird Benz.