Pininfarina was kind enough to show us some photos of the modern-day interpretation of the Lancia Stratos, which is being built for German businessman Michael Stoschek. But pictures only tell us so much — a new YouTube video has emerged showcasing the new Stratos tackling a race track. Check it out for yourself….
Five Of The Weirdest Cars Of All Time – Cool And Nutty
It’s merely every automotive aficionados’ dream to know every detail about almost every automobile in existence, yet the vast majority of them cannot name even a handful of the weirdest cars to grace this planet and why they’re considered some of the most unusual contraptions ever made by any mainstream automaker. It’s very peculiar, don’t you think?
We’re here for you: With assistance from Tony of Crystal Motor Company, we have put together five of the weirdest cars of all time — quite literally!
Despite maintaining a fantastic reputation for combining sheer opulence with effortless performance in practically every single model – apart from the Isetta, of course – and especially if you hadn’t seen the Isetta before, it’s fair to say that BMW has disappointed fans with this micro, and albeit somewhat uncanny automobile. For those who were expecting the Isetta to look similar to that of an extraterrestrial spacecraft, you’ll find yourself feeling a little bit disappointed that it looks similar to the classic Fiat 500 — or perhaps not!
BMW gave the Isetta a top speed of only 53 mph, which is hardly surprising given that this oddity of a car was produced in the early 1950s.
4. Citroen 2CV
As a ‘Tin Snail’ first produced in the late 1940s, the Citroen 2CV quite fortunately holds a place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time! Now, the 2CV is as basic as a car can be — it has seats that look similar to garden deckchairs, and you even have to provide your own radio too! — but that doesn’t minus the fact that Citroen has literally built an empty shell of a car without thinking much of the interior layout, possibly explaining why it’s so inexpensive even by today’s inflation-adjusted currency rates.
More to the point though, you’re probably looking at the 2CV and wondering why the bonnet is so oversized — it almost makes it look like something used in an old-fashioned, black and white themed television show, doesn’t it? But in fact, under its oversized bonnet is a little air-cooled 375cc two-cylinder petrol engine that offers a top speed of 45 mph and a total of 50,000 miles — rather impressive for an older car!
3. 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero
If you were to look at the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero today, you’d probably just assume that something uncanny left it here before returning to their normal life.Bbut in actual fact, this slick sports car is just another peculiar-looking car that every automotive aficionado is eager to talk about!
Here we have it, in its rarest form, the Lancia HF Zero and its custom-built chassis with the Fulvia HF suspension at the rear to complement its racing car features extremely well. This spectacular and mind-blowing performance machine has enough strange sex appeal to earn third place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time!
2. 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
Although a relatively modern design that was unveiled in 2001, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Concept is considered to be one of the weirdest cars of all time! Just by looking at the structure, it’s clear that BMW wanted to go full-out bonkers when designing this uncanny car, deciding to go for more of a bizarre and creased-looking look that doesn’t really sit well with everyone.
Being a sports car concept, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Model was designed solely for the purpose of satisfying those sports-orientated individuals who enjoy experimenting with unusual and absurd looking cars from renowned automobile brands.
1. 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo
If not for its conventional sports car interior structure and comfortable seats, the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo would utterly look like some sort of extraterrestrial spacecraft, wouldn’t it? But watching it racing towards the finish line on solid ground just makes it one of the world’s weirdest cars of all time, even though it’s actually quite normal to some people.
Of course, if you were to sit behind the wheel of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo, or even in the passenger seat, you’ll probably feel as though you’re about to ascend into the outer space! Rest assured that ascending into space is quite unlikely for anything with a steering wheel and a little engine– or anything that looks as though it should be on a race track heading towards the finish line! So, when you find yourself somewhat confused and can’t seem to name one of the world’s most peculiar cars, just think of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo — the weirdest Ferrari ever made by a wide margin.
Lancia Flavia Cabriolet Pictures and Details
Previewed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production Lancia Flavia Cabriolet will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show before going on sale across Europe in late March. If the Flavia looks familiar, that’s because it’s a rebadged Chrysler 200 Convertible.
The Flavia will be offered in just one trim, but comes loaded with many features, including a full leather interior; automatic climate control; electrically operated soft top; keyless entry; heated, electrically adjustable seats and door mirrors; automatic headlamps; navigation and a six-speaker, high-end Boston Acoustics Sound System with 40 gigabytes of memory; alloy wheels; and electronic stability control.
When it goes on sale, the Flavia Cabriolet will be offered with a 2.4-liter inline-four producing 175 horsepower. The engine is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission.
New 2012 Lancia Thema Pictures and Info
With Fiat and Chrysler now joined at the hips, there will be a lot of platform sharing between their respective brands. And although it’s pretty much old news that the new Chrysler 300 would become the new Lancia Thema in Europe, we have more pictures and details for you.
The exterior photos reveals that, aside from the Lancia logo, the Thema is identical to the 300. But the brown paint job does make it look very classy. Similarly, the only difference between the two interiors in the higher grade materials used in the Thema. As impressive as the Chrysler 300’s interior is, the Thema has it beat with better textures and a warmer colour scheme.
In Europe, the Thema will be offered in three trim levels: Gold, Platinum and Executive. Three engines will be available, including a 286 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 gas engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and two versions of a 3.0-lite V6 diesels that produce 190-hp and 239 -hp. Both versions are mated to a 5-speed automatic.
Prices will be announced shortly after the Lancia Thema makes its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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