8. Ford FX-Atmos (1954)
The incredible Ford FX-Atmos concept car was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in 1954. The “FX” means “future experimental,” and the Atmos’ out-there features include a centralized driver’s seat with two steering handgrips, a radar navigation screen and a Jetsons-like domed cockpit roof. The vehicle also harbored bizarre “futuristic” antennae sticking out of its front fender pods, cheekily dubbed “pedestrian spears,” and giant jet-inspired tail fins. Ford insisted that the car would never be sold commercially, and that its Styling Studio actually conceived it to showcase “automobile design ideas of the future”. In fact, the plastic prototype didn’t even include an engine. Having to unscrew the dome before the driver could assume the proper position didn’t exactly make it practical either.