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17 prototypes that never saw the road

Classic & Sports Car Logo By Ronan Glon of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 31: Some of the coolest and most unexpected cars never make the leap from the drawing board to the showroom floor. Instead, they remain prototypes and are largely kept out of the public eye. Decades on, these rare models provide a fascinating insight into the research and development department that created them and the context they would have been born in. They’re often rougher around the edges than concept cars and far more unusual than production cars – even the ones they indirectly influenced. Here, then, are some of the most intriguing prototypes car makers experimented with, but ultimately shelved.

Hidden away but not quite forgotten…

Some of the coolest and most unexpected cars never make the leap from the drawing board to the showroom floor. Instead, they remain prototypes and are largely kept out of the public eye.

Decades on, these rare models provide a fascinating insight into the research and development department that created them and the context they would have been born in.

They’re often rougher around the edges than concept cars and far more unusual than production cars – even the ones they indirectly influenced.

Here, then, are some of the most intriguing prototypes car makers experimented with, but ultimately shelved.

© Ronan Glon
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