Orphaned Concept Cars

If we buy into the cliché, the sleek, glitzy concept vehicles sitting on revolving turntables at auto shows across the globe are supposed to be the cars and trucks of tomorrow. What happens, then, if the company that sunk millions of dollars into the project turns insolvent shortly thereafter?

For the most part, absolutely nothing. But looking back on some orphaned show cars, we see that some manage to predict the automotive future with surprising accuracy -- which is more than a little ironic, given that their creators were often criticized for lacking a grasp of shifting trends or the big picture.

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Why does Chrysler not build the Pronto Spyder?! This car would be an ultra hot sales hit! Its eco-friendly body construction and its excellent performance potential from that particular turbo charged engine , this thing would really be a massive sales hit. Badge it a Chrysler and make the entry level price starting at 20 grand and this thing will fly off the shelve its entire production life. Chrylser...BUILD IT!
Great article! Some of my favorite concept cars that never reached production are the Ford GT90, 427, Interceptor, Bronco, and '04 SVT Lightning; the Dodge Sidewinder, Demon, Copperhead, MAXXCab; the Big Three's PNGV vehicles; several Mazda cars with a Nagare design language base;.I wonder if the Dodge Concepts could have helped them had they been produced...

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