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The 14 best American concept cars

The 14 best American concept cars

Pontiac Trans Sport – 1986

You thought this list was just about sports cars, right? Well, you were wrong, because look at this. Yes, it’s an MPV, yes, it has a spoiler, and yes, those are gull-wing doors. This is the Pontiac Trans Sport Concept, and as you can see it is unlike any other MPV. Aside from the fact that it had huge, Tesla Model-X-style gull-wing doors for rear passengers, the front doors hinged in the middle like those of a helicopter. Inside was a cathode-ray tube instrument panel, head-up display, steering wheel controls and computer, while the front passenger had a roll-out screen and keyboard. The 235 PS (173 kW) 2.9-litre V6 engine was nothing special, but who cares when the car looks like this? And while General Motors was destroying its old concept cars, that all ended in the early 1980s, so this car is safely tucked away in the company’s heritage collection.

Do you love 80s concepts? Read our list of the best concept cars of the 80s