Every car company in the world tries its best to be recognizable. If you see a VW Golf on the street, you might not be able to tell what exact model year it is. But you’ll immediately recognize it as a Golf due to its signature styling and details.
But sometimes manufacturers make strange cars that don’t resemble the rest of their lineup. These models look, feel, and drive differently, and brand traditionalists find them hard to accept. These are the true automotive black sheep that are remembered in car history either as flops or misunderstood visionary models introduced at the wrong time.
We looked at the top 20 most interesting automotive black sheep models. These misfit cars come from well-known brands but just didn’t fit the company profile just right. Sometimes, these cars looked different and were often completely different concepts or technology. Check them out right here.
37. Rolls Royce Camargue
The Rolls Royce, the world’s most luxurious brand, always came with tits signature elegant designs and massive dimensions. They usually had a recognizable front end dominated by a big grille with the “Spirit of Ecstasy” figurine. They invented this formula in the early 20th century and it remains the same 100 years later.
However, in 1975, they decided to introduce a luxury coupe under the name Camargue. It was built on a regular model chassis, but with a more elegant and stylish body designed by Italy’s Pininfarina design studio. The Camargue wasn’t as attractive 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. Rolls made only 571 during 11 production years.