14 Notable Vehicle Designs from the Past | 1932 – 2009 Vehicles

14 Notable Vehicle Designs from the Past | 1932 – 2009 Vehicles

– [Glen] From cars to
bikes to boats and planes, engineers are always trying to
revolutionize their industry, and sometimes, they come up with some pretty extraordinary designs. I’m Glen, and today we’re bringing you 15 unusual vehicles from around the world. (energetic music) (soft music) – This episode of Minds Eye
Design is brought to you by Ztylus Stinger. An emergency escape tool
that can save your life with a sharp razor to cut your seat belt, a two stage spring-loaded window punch and it can even be used a
phone charger in your car. For more information on this product the link is in the description below. – [Narrator] Number 14. – [Glen] Built by aviation
and motor car engineer William Stout in 1932, the
Scarab is considered by some to be the world’s first mini van. The aircraft heritage is
obvious in its steel frame and all aluminum body. It had a rear engine in
the back, which was unusual at the time. Meaning the car was able to maximize the amount of room inside. The front seats could swivel, the back seats could
lay down like a couch, and there was even a
fold out table available. Unfortunately, with the price of $5,000, the equivalent of $80,000 today, only nine are believed
to have ever been built. (light music) – [Narrator] Number 13. – [Glen] Designed by Darryl
Starbird, the Vantasta looks like a van with a
Reliant Robin attached. The base consists of a
1972 simple Ford van, while the nose gives it
a more futuristic feel. A modified version went on display at the Oakland Roadster Show in 2010 that even featured unique wing doors. Inside, you’ll find a stereo, TV, bed and a two person cockpit. The original is currently on display at Starbird’s National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame Museum. (gentle music) – [Narrator] Number 12. – [Glen] Unleashed in 2008, the Monster Motorbike from Hell, runs about 30 feet in length, 10 feet in height and
weighs in at 13 tons. The bike’s frame appears to be
an upside down ladder design with wheels and tires from Caterpillar. It’s Detroit diesel engine
is hooked to a six speed Allison automatic transmission,
providing enough power for the motorbike to even crush cars. It’s owner, who spent
three years building it, grew tired of sharing the highway with inconsiderate motorists, so he designed a motorbike
that would leave no doubt as to who was kind of the road. (lively music) – [Narrator] Number 11. – [Glen] Unveiled in the summer of 2008, the Deco Liner looks, at first glance, like a short, bright purple limo. However, there’s an even more
interesting secret inside. Hidden within, is a ’92 Harley Sportster, nicknamed the Deco Scoot. Which has a streamlined aluminum body. So that the Deco Liner could
allow the minimum rear height needed to accommodate a
39.5 inch tall motorcycle, it had to have front wheel drive. It also houses a nine foot long aluminum electric powered ramp, upon
which the Deco Scoot sits. Allowing the bike to be unloaded
at the touch of a button. (bright music) – [Narrator[ Number 10. Designed and built by James
V. Martin in the early 1930’s, the Martin Aerodynamic
was originally planned as either a two or four passenger Sedan. It’s fully covered rear
wheels and a distinctive sloping front, give it a
completely unique aesthetic. Powered by a four cylinder
water cooled rear engine, the vehicle has an
airplane-type suspension of Martin’s own creation, dubbed the Aviator Cord Suspension System, which has no springs. Unfortunately, the Martin
Aerodynamic never made it out of production and despite
Martin’s efforts at promotion, both models were purely experimental cars. As the Great Depression was
in full swing at the time, well that definitely had an effect. (vibrant music) – [Narrator] Number nine. – [Glen] This miniature
spaceship is a Cir Craft named Gettin’ Round. The water craft was built in 1966, using reinforced fiberglass
with built in buoyancy tanks. All told, it measures
seven feet in diameter and weighs 120 pounds without an engine. One thing that’s missing? A built in steering mechanism. The driver simply shifts
side to side to maneuver, as if they were on water skis. In fact, Cir Craft is powerful
enough that it can even pull a water skier. (gentle music) – [Narrator] Number eight. – [Glen] The first PZL M-15
took to the skies in 1973, at a time when the USSR
was looking at new ways to increase food production
and cut food imports, by phasing out the old AN2 biplane. Polish engineers took up
the request and the aircraft began to take shape. With a twin-boom tail, a
pair of over and under wings connected by struts, and huge 377 gallon tanks for chemicals. It’s unusual shape led
the nickname, “Belphegor”, a demon who seduces people by suggesting ingenious inventions
that will make them rich. Although the Soviets planned
to order 3000 aircraft, ultimately they only made
175, as it was inefficient and expensive to build. (lively music) – [Narrator] Number seven. – [Glen] Unveiled in 1929, the
Majestic was revolutionary. Looking like a motorbike
with some old-fashioned automobile elements on top. In fact, the steering is more
in line with vintage cars than vintage bikes, as it is done with a central rotating hub and a push-pull shaft which
moves the whole thing. The designer was one of the
first people to consider mass production techniques
for auto manufacturing. Employing the use of steel
presses to create the body work. His forward thinking was picked up on by industry heavyweight
such as Yamaha and BMW in the years to come. (light music) – [Narrator] Number six. – [Glen] The MB200 was a
bomber aircraft designed in the 1930’s by the french. And later used by several countries. The aircraft was a twin
engine high-winged monoplane with a fixed undercarriage
and an enclosed cockpit. The aircraft had defensive
machine guns in the nose and dorsal gun turrets,
with a bomb payload of 2600 pounds. It only had a maximum speed
of 177 miles per hour, which was slow even for
the standards of the time. And although production in
France, totaled 208 aircraft around the time of the second World War, it was quickly relegated
to second line tasks. (bright music) – [Narrator] Number five. – [Glen] Considering the
helicopter shape of this catamaran, you’d think it was
possible to fly on water. The HeliCat first splashed
down in 2013 and was designed and built for rough water. Even in whitecap waves,
it can reach speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour. While on a calm day, it can
top out at 40 miles per hour. Due to its standard twin
Honda 60 horsepower engines, and since it has no sides,
waves wash right over the boat. Pricing on this one will
run you around $75,000. (gentle music) – [Narrator] Number four. – [Glen] Although the
design looks futuristic, this bus was actually driving
around on the streets of Paris back in the 1950’s. Designed with the second
level sitting on top of the Citroen U55 track
chassis, this transformation created what we now know
as the U55 Cityrama. Originally commissioned
to be used as tour buses in the post-war era, they featured wrap around glass windows and a removable roof,
allowing for a completely panoramic view of the city on a warm day. (lively music) – [Narrator] Number three. – [Glen] The Snaefell Hybrid
motorcycle has an actual car as a side car. This hybrid took a staggering
10 years to finish, at a cost of around $20,000. The motorbike and car
combo look almost like conjoined twins, as there’s
a clean, single body finish enveloping the whole vehicle. It combines a triple engine,
1000 CC Laverda motorcycle, with various parts from a Volkswagen GTI an Audio 80, and a Citroen. The outfit door is built
in a Lamborghini style, and was mostly constructed
out of carbon fiber, as were the open roofs. (gentle music) – [Narrator] Number two. – [Glen] The Bartini Bereiv
VVA-14 was a vertical takeoff amphibious aircraft developed in the USSR, with a look reminiscent of
a post apocalyptic world. The aircraft had a wing
inground effect that allowed it to take off from the water,
and fly at high speed over long distances, with a maximum speed of 472 miles per hour. At the same time, it was also
designed to be able to fly just above the surface of the sea, using an aerodynamic ground effect. The only remaining VVA-14 is
in a dilapidated condition at the Soviet Central Air Force Museum, where it has sat since 1987. (lively music) – [Narrator] Number one. – [Glen] The B120 Wraith is
a stripped down motorbike that looks like something
out of a futuristic science fiction movie, rather
than something you can see on the road today. The Wraith is faster than
anything in its class. And in 2008, it even broke
the world record to prove it. Power comes from 120
cubic inch V twin engine, and a six speed gear
box capable of producing a top speed of 185 miles per hour. Pricing on this luxury motorcycle will run you $92,500. (light music) It goes without saying that
you’ll find the unusual just about anywhere you go, at any time. And there’s never a shortage of these different looking vehicles to be found. Who knows? Maybe the next big thing
is right outside your door. (upbeat music) – Hey guys, this is Cassie. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Tell us in the comments
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  1. Awesome vid guys some of these are incredible and I’ve never heard of some of them!!! Man where do I start that deco liner is incredible, the majestic is quite majestic and that city Rama is insane.

  2. Ok Mindseye – feedback time. Pro: thank you for no longer actually saying both the SAE and Metric equivalents for various statistics. Much nicer just having the converted unit in text up in the corner.
    Con: two ads per video is one ad too many.

  3. "It had a rear engine in the back, which was unusual at the time…"

    Uh, never that unusual. A rear engine in the FRONT however…

  4. When you were discussing the Scarab at the beginning and alluding to the "obvious" references to aviation such as metal frame. It is worth noting that up until the mid 1930 planes were made of wood with a fabric skin that was painted with a water proofing agent that would tighten it up. An example of this type of construction was the Hawker Hurricane one of the most important fighter planes in the beginning of ww2.

  5. That illustration of Cassie at the end does NOT do her justice. It makes her look like a frumpy middle-aged schoolteacher, while the real thing is much easier on the eyes. Also, for $92,000, they can keep the motorcycle. Even if I could afford that, I can think of a lot of things I'd buy first for that kind of money. Neat stuff though. The Scarab is my favorite.

  6. The "Belfegor" was the world's only jet biplane. I'm serious, it is a true biplane! The DARK part of this airplane is that it was designed as a jet instead of a far more efficient turbine or piston propellor design so that it could cover more ground while it sprayed nerve gas over NATO troops….

  7. 0:03 no offence bro but if the video is design centric , talking about designs then not just engineers but DESIGNERS too always tend to revolutionize the industry , after all this video is based on design n pls I don't wanna make it engineer vs designer

  8. How the heck was #6 notable, a second rate french 1930's bomber? =/
    notable for being a most underachieving and non-notable plane.

  9. The Scarab "had a rear engine in the back which was unusual at the time." Did they used to put the rear engine in the front?

  10. What the hell is that company that made the U55 for the Cityrama? Citrone? Are they from the former USSR? I never heard of them before…are they related to that Pujo company sometimes people refere?

  11. the round red boat telling us how was it goes with Honda engines, I winder how fast it goes with the Mercury outboards shown in the photo

  12. With all these vehicles, I wanna say the future has already happened but people weren’t able to catch on with it.
    I think we would all like to see The Monster Motorbike from Hell (#12) in a Monster Jam show.

  13. Interesting item however what's really distressing UC hollosy censorship review by YouTube check out there a censorship policies please censoring them they reviewing us and telling us what we can say or think or feel. This is being done by a group of liberals atheist out of California. We Americans need to start getting our Congress and Senate to go after zipper Berg and all those other liberals who do not believe in free speech and free thought. YouTube Google Facebook they are attacking our civil rights little by little. Time to go after them

  14. Why was #6 even on this list? It was no different to the half dozen other slab sided french bomber designs of the period.

  15. 1:14 Would like to know about that car in the background that the guy is working on – looks more interesting than the Scarab.

  16. The Vantasta's nose overhang makes its approach angle so shallow that I can't imagine anyplace other than central Kansas where it could be at all practical.

  17. The stinger is so dum how easy it can be used to break into houses or car windows so stupid they would so use it so they can’t injure themselves


  19. oh my god – i almost liked this until you virtue shitiots had to flaunt your faces and actually try to humanize your NPC tendencies.

  20. Number six look like two different airplanes at one point with a low ring version what was that? And where is Buckminster Fuller's Car the most Innovative of all this it would be

  21. 🔵 #3 @(9:27) is described by the narrator as a "Vertical-take-off" aircraft,……IT COULD NOT TAKE OFF VERTICALLY!!!… and was never MEANT to!
    …..Get yer facts straight!

  22. If you're going to talk about forward designs from the thirties and forties how can you not mention Dehavilland aircraft?They were the best and smartest for a long time.

  23. Way to many miss statements in the video , too many to list …. triple engine no triple cylinder , powered by Honda outboards while there are merc , yammies and Hondas

  24. The Bartini aircraft was NOT a "vertical take-off" design. It required a normal take-off run, except from water rather than a runway. It was designed to fly at only a few feet above the surface of the water at relatively high speed.

  25. Again the rear engine in the back… the slope is in the rear, i used my sleuthing skills to Figgure steering wheel and configuration of windows & mirrors to decide that the rear was the round hole with predominant radiator in it too… Cassy feel free to return to his village this missing ID10T…

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