Designing a car that’s both practical and easy to drive is likely to score high with motorists looking for a stress-free investment. However, practical vehicles often come attached with an uninspiring, wooden stigma. And this association with dreary motors, has caused a number of whacky car designers, to tear up the car-manufacturing booklet and create the craziest road legal cars out there today.
If you’ve ever wondered what the Batmobile would look like following a run-in with a compactor, then look no further. It’s the lowest street-legal car currently on the road. Sitting at a measly 19-inch, it’s also the only car capable of passing cars without changing lanes.
The world’s smallest car
We know what you’re thinking, it looks like a coin-operated kids ride found outside the supermarket. Well, that’s because it is. Owner Perry Watkins’ folds himself into the ridiculous 41-inch high, 26-inch wide car, with a chassis from a Shanghai Shenke quad bike and wheels from a Monkey motorcycle. Named the Wind Up, Watkins made sure it could reach speeds of 40-mph and had window-wipers to ensure it was road-legal.
Who says the fair should only come to town once a year? Now you can enjoy the fair all year round with this road-legal dodgem. Built on a Reliant body and engine it’s believed this certified head-turner was built by a number of contestants on Scrapheap Challenge. For those of you wishing for that perfect wind-in-hair car this summer, we’re afraid it’s just been sold at auction. But not to worry, the fair’s just around the corner.
An actual tank
Stephen Ellison has been cruising round in his 1974 Sabre Light Reconnaissance Tank, which actually served in the Kosovo war before it was redeployed for a new assignment: taking Ellison to the shop for his morning paper. The lightweight tank has a top speed of 40-mph and the only modifications required to make it street legal were; rubber tracks and of course deactivation of the gun.