WTF moments at the LA Auto Show

Every auto show has a concept car or a production car, usually an exotic that makes you just stand back and go wtf.  Are they serious?  They can’t seriously expect us to believe it is destined for production, can they?  This year had two and I seriously just stepped back and thought wtf next.

Winner #1 was on the Mercedes bench.  It looked like a boxed up and updated Nazi staff car.  I kept waiting for Adolf and Ava to show up for a ride in their staff car.  Either that or it is waiting for the remake of the Rat Race film with Kathy Najimi finding Ava’s lipstick in the glove box or John Lovitz accidently giving a dyke on bikes bruiser the finger after he burnt his finger on the cigarette light of a Nazi Staff car.  Either works.  The car didn’t.  This really is my fugly winner for this years auto show.

Mercedes updated staff car concept -my fugly award winner
Mercede's updated "staff car" concept -my fugly award winner

Close second for the fugly award was the first-glance-stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeous from across the showroom Spyker C8 Aileron. Stryker always has gorgeous cars and from across the room this car is no different.   At 20 feet it all changes.  WTF where they thinking? Jumbo coffee can sized cannon turrets on the rear flanks and one on the roof.  Now I’ll be the first to admit I’ve wanted a good lazer cannon on the front of my car to clear out the pinheads in traffic, but I never ever saw one actually installed on a car, especially 5 of them!  Seriously, if they serve some sort of function they could have integrated it better.

Stryker G8 Aileron - urban strike force with traffic obliteration cannon option
Spyker C8 Aileron - urban strike force with traffic obliteration cannon option

By now opening weekend is nearly over and a few thousand visitors have walked through the exhibits.  Did you?  What was your favorite fugly that made you go wtf?  Got a pic to share?  If so include a link in the comments.   At week’s end I’ll round them up and put together a voting to determine which car was the “winner” of a “fugliest of show” in a vote by all you beloved readers.

As nearly always, all pics are by me.  More in my 2010 LA Auto Show flickr set.

One Reply to “WTF moments at the LA Auto Show”

  1. That Benz is some kinda weird looking. If there hadn’t been a person in the frame for scale I’d have thought it was an electro kiddie version like the kind that Sharper Image used to sell. And that Spyker? I’m a sucker for orange leather, but it would be better suited as king of my Hot Wheels collection than king of the road.

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