The marketplace is cruel. Sometimes things just don’t work out so well for new car models. Here are 7 crazy cars the public shunned at the showroom.
Would only work with a passenger reading the works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The first successful underwater car, the hardtop was a hit. Sales fell off when the convertible model was released.
The HMAC Pizza was a pizza delivery cannon, firing pizzas from the street through the front window of a house. In 1915, a family died when one of them inadvertently fired hubcaps at a hungry group of relatives.
The Olds Pup
A gorgeous car that should have been a hit. It failed because it was solely powered by the pull of a small dog who came with a purchase.
The Plymouth Emotional Baggage
The emotional baggage was initially popular with ex-girlfriends and mothers-in-law who appreciated the large luggage area. Beyond these two groups, it sold poorly.
The Buick Sea Water
The Buick Sea Water was a scam car that supposedly ran on sea water. Thousands of duped consumers left them at the beach when they would not run.
The Amtrak Railer
The Amtrak Railer was the first car by a railroad company — it was designed to run on tracks, providing a faster, better experience than the trains of the day. Sales fell to zero when reports of cars like the one shown would fly off the tracks down dirt roads, hurtling passengers miles off course.
Middletown, Ohio recently deactivated their red light traffic cameras at intersections around the city in order to bring the town a new system.
“There’s been some confusion,” said the mayor of the town. “Some people thought our automated red light cameras were illegal. That’s not it at all. The red light cameras are legal, they’re just not very efficient. We had the same motorists breaking the same laws over and over.”
Rather than issue citations to repeat offenders, the new procedure is that the license plates of repeat offenders will be kept in a image database at the State. When the computer determines that an offender has once again made the same traffic violation, high-powered lasers will fire from the top of the traffic lights, sending a high-powered beam at the automobile.
Once the beam reaches its highest intensity, the car will be rendered useless. At the same time, the intense focus of the laser will make the driver drowsy. With the car rendered inoperable, and the driver as well, the laser will then send a message to the nearest police officer to arrest the driver and tow their car to the nearest impound lot.
“This is the safest method we came up with to deal with repeat offenders,” explained the mayor. “The laser renders both the automobile and the driver completely inoperable. We will tow the car to the nearest impound lot, and make the arrangements to sell it. The driver will be taken to the local police station, booked and given time to sleep off the effects of the laser. Once they are back to normal, we will issue them a bicycle instead of a car because clearly they cannot use an automobile like a responsible adult. For winter, the bicycles will be issued special snow tires so that people don’t have to miss work, church or family obligations due to inclement weather.”
The lasers are currently being tested throughout the Middletown, Ohio area. They will be in full operation beginning in May. There will be no opportunity for residents to voice concerns about the system at the local city Council meetings.
“We find that the people raising the biggest questions and concerns about the laser program are also the biggest suspects in terms of traffic violations,” said the mayor. “We have decided not to allow anyone to give us feedback on the system. Rather, we look forward to having the opportunity to remove these complainers and anarchists from behind the wheel, and put them on the seat of a bike where the exercise will hopefully remove some of the desire to break the law and constantly complain.”
Here is what the Wienermobile looks like when it is not crashing into things.
The Pennsylvania crash garnered a lot of attention and national news coverage. It’s not every day a giant hot dog smashes into fixed objects in your town.
This isn’t the first time company promotional vehicles have crashed. It’s a long tradition in the world of marketing.
Bain Capital Double Decker Dollar Bill
After taking a hit to their public image after a series of reports that alleged the company was enriching themselves at the expense of ordinary Americans, Bain created the Bain Capital Double Decker Dollar bill, a classic British double decker bus with a dollar bill painted across each side.
The idea was to give free rides to tourists in New York as a public relations gimmick. On the very first day, the driver miscalculated a turn and sent the bus careening down a steep embankment near the Long Island Expressway. The New York Daily News reported, “Bain Dollar Bill Bus Drops 70 Percent!”
In 1947, Zippo lighter company introduced the Zippo Car, a Chrysler with two big lighters compromising the middle of the body. In 1949, it crashed at a Polynesian Tiki festival, setting 123 grass huts on fire.
Chips Ahoy Chip Mobile
The Chip Mobile was a chocolate chip on wheels that stood 18 feet tall. From the side, it looked like a full-bodied chocolate chip. Looking straight-on, you could see it was made tall and thin to fit into a regular car lane. This design made it very unstable, and in 1983 it tipped over while negotiating treacherous Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, tumbling to the bottom of a ravine and crashing into a pool at a mansion during the filming of an adult movie.
One of the most recognized promotional vehicles in the world, the Clydesdale horses pull a festive red, white and gold beer wagon in promotional events and TV commercials for Anheuser-Busch. There are several teams that travel to different parts of the US and other countries.
However, facing declining sales of its flagship Budweiser brand, the company announced many layoffs, including two teams of Clydesdales. When trainers informed one team they would be losing their jobs, they went berserk, racing through the streets at high speed, eventually crashing into the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
Jolly Green Giant String Bean Bus
Jolly Green Giant is one of the most trusted brands on store shelves. The Green Giant company created the String Bean Bus to promote it’s brand and healthy eating. At the Iowa State Fair in 1996, the String Bean Bus driver spent his lunch hour eating the popular cotton candy on the Midway.
All jacked up on the delicious treat, he drove the bus to fast and crashed through a security gate into the Big Cow Made Of Butter, a large statue of a Holstein cow completely made of butter, barreled through a tomato stand and came to rest in the 4-H Club lettuce display. Headlines in the Des Moines Register said, “State Fair Debuts World’s Largest Salad!”
Auto Polo leagues once dominated the countryside. Many a family outing in America was spent driving to matches and cheering on favorite teams.
Legendary teams like the New York Spark Plugs and the Atlanta Peach Wheelers enthralled Sunday afternoon crowds as large as 250,000 people.
And then it was over just as soon as it started. The Federal government took action when the sport became more about chaos and mayhem than skill and gamesmanship. These photos show how violence became the order of the day. Another great sport lost to man’s desire for blood.
Hot cars and beautiful women go together like peanut butter and jam. Here are 7 of the world’s hottest cars and the women who drive them.
Courtney Love is known to climb on top of her camp car and star gaze in the winter desert east of Los Angeles.
Sabrina Soto, Allison Victoria and other hot stars of HGTV/DIY Network programs share this classic pickup when shooting scenes for their popular shows like “I Hate My Swingset!” and “Rehab Vampires.”
Molly Ringwald is one of many stars attending the hottest premieres in their Schafer’s Pies van.
Jennifer Lopez was spotted driving her vintage snow remover around Hollywood. You know she looked great!
This classic golf cart has been updated and refurbished for Natalie Gulbis, one of the hottest and most talented stars in the LPGA.
The Allen’s Sweets Panel wagon brought treats to neigborhood kids for years. Now the Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo drives this model around Long Island, helping people get in touch with relatives that have passed.
The Warhorster Mudwhomper was built to take on the thickest mud in style. Tine Fey is often seen driving her Mudwhomper around Manhattan.