Every car company in the world tries its best to be as recognizable as possible. The specific design language, signature technical solutions or engines, model names or features. All of those things matter and are important for one company to preserve its name, reputation, and market position. For example, if you see VW Golf on the street you might not be able to tell what exact model year it is but you will immediately recognize it as Golf due to its signature styling, familiar proportions, and details.
But, sometimes manufacturers present strange cars, models that don’t resemble the rest of the lineup and stand out from the crowd. Cars that look, feel and drive totally different and traditionalist are hard to accept. The true automotive black sheep which are remembered in car history either as a flop or misunderstood visionary cars which were introduced at a wrong time. Today, we will be presenting to you 20 most interesting automotive black sheep models, misfit cars that come from well-known brands but doesn’t fit the company`s profile just right. Sometimes, those cars just looked different and sometimes they were totally different concepts and technology. Either way, let`s remember the interesting and not always successful attempts to introduce something new and fresh.
1. Rolls Royce Camargue
The Rolls Royce, as the world`s most luxurious brand, was always characterized by elegant yet formal design, massive dimensions and recognizable front end dominated by a big grille with “Spirit of Ecstasy” figurine. This formula was invented in the early 20th century and hasn’t been changed 100 years later.
However, in 1975, Rolls decided to introduce luxury coupe under the name Camargue which was built on regular model chassis but with the more elegant and stylish body, designed by Italy`s Pininfarina design studio. The combination of British gentleman dressed in Italian suit should work perfectly but somehow, the Camargue wasn’t good looking as Rolls hoped it would be. The big proportions, chrome grille and other details were present but as a whole, the car just wasn’t convincing enough. That is why Rolls made only 571 examples during 11 production years.