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10 Best Concept Cars That Never Were

10 Best Concept Cars That Never Were

Car makers have long designed cars that stretched the boundaries of technology and novelty as part of their effort to develop new ideas and new designs. In many cases, manufacturers never intend these so-called concept cars to enter production. Instead, these cars test possibilities and inspire new designs as part of the effort to bring better cars into the marketplace. The following list includes some of the best concept cars that testified to the brilliance of their designers, but, regrettably, never became available for sale.

1. Mazda Furai

Mazda

Mazda Fuari

Cars in The Godfather

Cars in The Godfather

There are a few movies that continue have a cult following: Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Godfather. Since this is a blog about cars, you can safely figure out that this blog will be about The Godfather. Not the people. Or the plot. Or the fans. But, the cars. The beautiful cars that made their way into this life-changing three-part film. These are a few of the best:

The Maserati Bora

When you think of European sports cars, names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and De Tomaso come to mind.  Another one that should stick out because of its beautiful designs, fast cars, and victories on the racing circuit is the Maserati.  From 1971-1978, the Maserati released a vehicle that was all of those things and it was called the Bora.

When Citroen first took over Maserati in 1968, they were looking for a mid-engine, 2-seater coupe that could compete with Lamborghini’s Miura, De Tomaso’s Mangusta, and the model that Ferrari was rumored to have in the works.  The Tipo117 (later named the Bora) was put underway in October of 1968.  A prototype was shown in the summer of 1969, it was presented at the Geneva Salon in March of 1971 and the first customer got theirs by the end of the same year.