America’s Strangest Automobiles – The American automobile industry grew in part from the development of answers to practical problems and from the vision of talented individuals. Not all strange automobiles are the products of over vivid imaginations or weird afterthoughts. They started life on the drawing board as solutions to particular problems which have simply taken a few detours along the way.
1911 Reeves Octoauto 8 Wheeled Touring Car
In 1911, an inventor in Columbus, Ohio decided that if a car should run smoothly with four wheels, it will ride even more smoothly with eight wheels. He also claimed that the extra wheels would cut down on the wear of each tire.
1948 Tucker Torpedo
The 1948 Tucker Torpedo was an American automobile built by Preston Tucker. Only 51 cars were produced in Chicago, Illinois before the company went bankrupt in 1949. All due to negative publicity in the news media that was proved to be false.
1939 American Bantam
The American Austin Car Company was formed in 1929. It produced automobiles for the English Austin Motor Company up till 1935. In 1939 it reorganized under the American Bantam name and produced these strange automobiles up to 1941. American Bantam also developed the first Jeep but wasn’t large enough to provide all the needs of WWII. In addition the Ford motor Company also made Jeeps used in WWII.
1936 Stout Scarab
Stout Scarab’s was manufactured by William B. Stout in Detroit, Michigan and is one of America’s Strangest Automobiles. It was the first production minivan and it was made of fierglass. Only nine were produced and five are known to exist today.
1958 Ford Edsel
Edsel was an automobile that was manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1958 to 1960. However, Edsel failed to deliver as the car of the future. Edsel’s were considered to be unattractive and overpriced by the public.