Believe it or not, the vehicle you see here is actually a concept that was designed with the purpose of being the safest car in the world. According to Motor1.com, this fugly car was built by a Catholic priest, and it featured things like side impact bars, a built-in roll cage, and a front end that was filled with foam to help lessen pedestrian impacts. As the story goes, it was driven from Connecticut to New York and, in the process, this disaster of a car broke down 15 times. Apparently, known as the Aurora, it was built on a 1953 Buick frame, had a fiberglass body, a plywood superstructure, and a shatterproof windshield. The priest who built it even went so far as to exclude windshield wipers because it was so aerodynamic that the raindrops would blow away at speed. Apparently, the priest expected it to sell for around $13,000, which would make it one of the most expensive vehicles of the time. But, it never went into production, so it’s now known as one of the ugliest cars of all time. Funny how that works, huh?
The KTM X-Bow is a pretty cool little sports car that’s more like a go-cart for adults with lots of power than it is a modern day sports car. But, that’s what makes it so cool. A number of companies have tried to compete and have failed, and that’s why you’re looking at this boxy monstrosity here. It almost looks like an Arial Atom got knocked up by a golf cart, honestly, but according to Carscoops, it was actually quite fast.
It was powered by a 2.0-liter, GM, Ecotec that delivered a cool 240 horsepower and weighed just 1,550 pounds.
Because of this, it could run from naught to 60 mph in less than four seconds and topped out at 165 mph. So, while it might be quite ugly, it was quite fast as well. It’s known as the Jetstream SC250 and was originally sold for around £29,495 or about $38,000 at today’s exchange rates.