I love concept cars. More of them could/should reach production closer to their concept form. There’s a bunch that immediately come to mind when discussing the topic: Jaguar C-X75, Ford GT90 and Bronco concept (and so many other Ford/Mercury concepts), Lincoln Continental Concept (2002), a bunch of caddies, Chrysler ME Four-Twelve, Dodge Copperhead, Plymouth Pronto Spider, etc.
Could the Pronto Spider have saved Plymouth? Would Plymouth have gotten a new Barracuda (as a Dodge Challenger) because of the Pronto Spider and a revised Prowler with a V8? Would the Continental Concept have reversed Lincoln’s fortunes in the early 2000s and put Lincoln where Cadillac is today? Would the Oldsmobile Profile concept launched soon after the première heralded the age of the crossover sooner and put Oldsmobile back on the map - especially in China , where if it weren’t for Buick’s popularity, Buick would have been axed - and kept gm from the bailout, or at least less-needed assistance? Would the Ford GT90 have put European supercars makers on such a notice that the “hyper-cars” (P1, One:1, Regera, 918, LalalalaFerrari, Venom GT) we have today would have been the supercars of yesteryear?
Oppos: your mission tonight is to determine one concept vehicle that, had it made production as close on the concept as reasonably possible, would have been a significant upset to the industry, and perhaps history itself?
I’m going for the Tucker Torpedo concept.
Yes, the front and a few details would have had to be changed to be practical, but the various innovations and intended standard offerings- many of which made it to the Tucker ‘48 -would have arguably allowed Tucker greater mindshare and sales, presuming the conspiracy theories are wholly false.