There are so many concept cars out there, but a few in particular stand out as the most attractive of all. Here, I have selected the five most beautiful concept cars ever made. I hope you enjoy looking at these alluring machines!
5: Lamborghini Concept S
Arguably one of the greatest supercars of the early 20th century, the Lamborghini Gallardo was a very pretty, V10 powered beast. With just over 14 thousand sold in 10 years, it was the company's most successful car ever. An even more stunning variant of the Gallardo came in 2005, in the form of the Concept S.
This was a modern interpretation of the timeless, classic 'Speedster' design. This particular concept divides the interior into two distinct halves - each with their own windscreen - and helped to give the car a unique exterior. Whilst it was certainly jaw-dropping to look at, Lamborghini chose to keep it as a styling exercise rather than producing 100 examples of the rare gem that is the Concept S.
4: Bugatti ID 90
The 1980s and 90s were hard times for the recently re-established Bugatti, when, in 1987, the defunct marque was bought by Romano Artioli (an Italian entrepreneur). Among the list of unique and forgotten cars in this period was none other than the show-stopping ID 90. With a body from Guigaro, how could it be anything but beautiful?
And truth be told, it certainly was stunning. It has smooth edges all over, complimented by the flowing sharpness of the air vents, headlights and retro-flavoured wheels. The ID 90 was also incredible underneath, sporting an amazing quad-turbocharged V12 - this made the handsome Bugatti ID 90 even better than Bugatti's production car of the time, the EB110, although sadly, this concept never made production.
3: Plymouth XNR
The strikingly asymmetrical Plymouth XNR was originally built to compete against the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Falcon, but this elegant work of art sadly never made it to the showroom. This was to be a fully-fledged, market-dominant sports roadster, and a space-age design by Virgil Exner ensured that the XNR was to be a visual masterpiece.
Underneath the long, swooping bonnet was a relatively basic 2.8 litre straight-six, pushing power to 250 horsepower. Exner took styling beyond limitations whilst he worked for Chrysler, with streamlining to make the car more attractive whilst aiding aerodynamics. Although the XNR remained a slightly odd but spectacular showpiece, at least we can still admire it...
2: Mazda RX-500
With a Miura-inspired shooting brake body – made from plastic, and only weighing 850 kilograms – this concept car was truly a machine of pure beauty. With a 1 litre twin-rotor Wankel engine producing 247 horsepower, it could reach speeds of about 150mph along with an eye-watering maximum RPM of 15,000 - revolutions enough to rival today's Formula 1 cars!
However, the main focus of Mazda with this concept was not speed: it was road safety. Rear lights of different colours indicated whether you were braking (red), cruising (amber) or accelerating (green) at any given moment. The RX-500 was a functional test bed for safety as well as eye-catchingly gorgeous!
1: Bizzarrini Manta
The independently Italdesign-styled Manta was built from the body of the Bizzarrini P538, a rear-engined race car built to compete in Le Mans. Although it retired fairly early, it recorded one of the fastest speeds on the Mulsanne Straight. One of these were rebuilt as the bright and spaceship-like Manta, and seated behind the driver was a 355 horsepower Corvette V8.
Finished in an acid green paint job and accompanied by orange accents, it was a car that was impossible not to look at a second time. If there was one extra thing that made the Manta stand out from the other concept cars of the time - besides the extravagant styling - it was the innovative three-seat arrangement. This awesome interior was made famous by the McLaren F1, but the Bizzarrini was its true inspiration. And that's why it gets my number one spot!