#2. General Motors Firebird III – 1958
Once again, Harley Earl’s design made it into our list. This time, the case is about Firebird III, a concept car that debuted at the 1958 GM Motorama, alongside three other prototypes designed by the same person. Although neither of the Firebirds made it, Harley Earl’s career was a rather successful one – he was one of the people involved in designing the Corvette.
#1. Ferrari 512S Modulo – 1970
For the design of this concept car, Ferrari let Pinnifarina do the whole work. The car premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970 and was met with a high acclaim. In fact, both the public and the car critics were impressed with its futuristic design. The problem was, its design was too futuristic apparently, so the Modulo never became a mass-produced car.
In all honesty, Modulo’s design truly was ahead of its time – we thought it was a car model from the mid-1980s. Today, there’s only one Modulo in the world, owned by a famous car collector, James Glickenhaus. He is putting an effort to restore this beast to its original condition, making it capable of producing a top speed of 200 MPH and to accelerate from zero to sixty in just over 3 seconds.