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Deora, DIY Custom Truck that Became a ‘Golden’ Hit

Weird Vehicles November 6, 2017

Deora, DIY Custom Truck that Became a 'Golden' Hit

In the mid-1960’s, a custom truck was created that has lived on in automobile history, from taking part in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Detroit Autorama, to becoming a plastic model kit and one of the first Hot Wheels cars. This was the Deora, a modified Dodge A100 pickup that went from a blue collar vehicle to a glittering star.

The Deora’s creation started with two brothers, Mike and Larry Alexander. In 1964, they commissioned a designer by the name of Harry Bentley Bradley. Once the design was complete, the vehicle was taken apart and put back together in a sequence reminiscent of the creation of Frankenstein’s Monster, though this experiment would end on a positive note.

The custom vehicle was completed and then shown in the Detroit Autorama in 1967, garnering nine awards, including the Ridler award, which is named after the first promoter of the Detroit Autorama, Don Ridler. The award is given to the vehicle that wins “Best In Show” and has been awarded to deserving vehicles ever since the 12th Annual Detroit Autorama. The Autorama is also known by another name, “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show”, which hints at the type of vehicles allowed entry: custom vehicles and hot rods only.

While most of the parts for the Deora came from the Dodge A100, it was also comprised of a windshield from a 1960 Ford station wagon. The A100 comes as a compact two-door (truck or van), with a slant-6 engine, a 3-speed transmission (either manual or automatic), and a wheelbase of 90 inches. The remodel moved the transmission and engine about 15 inches backward, and the windshield became the entryway. The Deora was painted gold, and given the name “Deora” after a contest, although it is likely that the boy who named it meant to call it “Dorado”, the Spanish word for “golden”.

The altered pickup was so popular with crowds and companies alike that Chrysler opted to lease the vehicle and display it alongside their own concept cars. After a few years, however, the Deora was sold and then re-emerged in the late 1980’s, when it was restored and used to celebrate the Detroit Autorama’s 50th anniversary. With its glittering body, futuristic design, and glowing history, the Deora is a car most likely not to be forgotten.

As a Hot Wheels car, the Deora has seen a few iterations over the years, including a mark II version that arrived in 2000. In 2003, Chip Foose was tasked with building a life-size, working Deora II for Hot Wheels’ 35th anniversary celebration. It had a Cadillac Northstar V8 engine installed. The vehicle even made an appearance on screen, as a prominent feature in the Hot Wheels Highway 35 film, as well as in various video games, including Hot Wheels Velocity X and Hot Wheels: World Race.

In 2009, the original Deora was unearthed again, and this time was put up for sale in California in an auction. It was sold to an unknown buyer for $324,500. Although it has disappeared yet again, I like to imagine that it will be brought out to celebrate the more unique visions of America’s greatest vehicle builders again, and someday soon.

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Funny Vehicles Gallery

Weird Vehicles January 17, 2017

Depending on where you are in the world, your dream vehicle could be extremely different from someone else’s. People have all kinds of ideas about what the perfect vehicle would look like and some of these ideas border on the bazaar. In the U.S. south and southwest your vehicle wish list may be one that does a little of everything, like on-road, off-road capabilities, or be able to cut down grain. Whatever the differences, this list below will show you some of the wildest and most creative vehicles created. Certainly, none of these vehicles came off the showroom floor looking this way and many were never on a showroom floor, but lay only in the mind of the creator.

We’ve got boat tractors, motorcycles that resemble cows and bulls, double passenger bikes with a lounge chair attached, and big rigs that are limousine hybrids. The sky is the limit when it comes to creating the vehicle you’ve always dreamed of, and for many people, their perfect vehicle is not about luxury, it is about performance. It is all about how much the vehicle can do. This is why most of the vehicles below are hybrids in that they are two types of vehicles combined to make one. Some of these vehicles have to do with salvaging an old vehicle that the owner does not want to give up. There is wood panels used to replace doors, two cars combined to make a limo. Imagine going to the prom in a limo made from a mini van and luxury vehicle rear. You will surely get noticed.

Enjoy the pics below in our gallery of funny weird vehicles from the minds of some creative people.

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Hexawheel Performance Vehicle

Weird Vehicles October 3, 2016

Hexawheel Performance Vehicle

How many of you have already heard of the Hexawheel concept by Mercedes? Speed bumps a problem for your off-road vehicle? How about giant obstacles almost as tall as your vehicle itself?

The Hexawheel is a 6-wheel concept vehicle intended for extreme ATV climbing. In Mercedes’ concept, the vehicle can climb heights limited only by the length of the vehicle.

Weight distribution for the Hexawheel is even on each axle while the vehicle is in normal position, which helps it climb gently, without any need to jump.

In order to prevent damage in the wild, where sharp rocks project upwards, the bottom of the vehicle is plated so it can slide along any such obstacles.

The vehicle is also designed to climb and turn simultaneously. The hydraulic cylinders control the appropriate angle of the vehicle’s rear length in accordance with the steering system.

Have you ever seen an ATV climb like this before?

Hexawheel Performance VehicleHexawheel Performance Vehicle

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Transparent Cars

Weird Vehicles October 1, 2016

Transparent Cars

The company ZF Friedrichshafen made the presentation of its products through a transparent car.

The Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s largest consumer electronics trade fair, which every year is held in January in Las Vegas. In recent years, more and more space in the exhibition halls has been used to occupy exhibitions for automotive companies.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra: “We will see more change in the industry in the next 5 to 10 years than we have in the last 50.”

So does that mean we’re going to see transparent cars on the roads?

Apparently, manufacturers are targeting Asia with these, and maybe Pakistan as well.

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They Made a Real Transformer

Weird Vehicles September 26, 2016

real transformer

It’s a BMW, and it was built by Turkish engineers.

The firm behind this project is Letrons, and these are actual cars they’re working with. The one in the photo transforms in about half a minute from car to standing robot. It functions as a car, but there is as yet not capability to have a human driver. They drive these cars by remote control. However, the company says that will be possible in the future.

Letrons is selling these cars. They converted the one in the photo in 8 months.

Letrons is planning to build a whole fleet of transforming BMWs.

To visit Letrons’ website, click here.

real transformer

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