Celebrating the Oddball and Truly Awful Vehicles at Concours d’Lemons
When it comes to Concours d’Lemons, automotive creativity has no limits. It’s this spirit of a disregard for practicality and aesthetics that makes such a delightful Pebble Beach Car week event. This year’s event has no stuffiness and no stunning prize-winners. Although there were a few entries that seemed far too put together to be displayed at Lemons, the show remained a breath of fresh air for many fancy car shows also happening.
Keep in mind that Lemons is not just an ugly car show. There are vehicles that many people have never seen before – and some that cannot be unseen! Here are just a few of our favorites from this year’s show.
This car was coined the ‘Mad Max: The College Years’ and we can see why. It’s a creation of chain link over the hood, animal skulls in awkward crevasses, and faux bazookas. It’s one of those cars that the longer you look at it, the more unusual accessories you find!
This vehicle was originally used from 1967 to 1975 by a German hospital. A car fanatic hauled it over to San Diego after it had been sitting in a warehouse for 25 years. Created from a bare Mercedes chassis by the coachbuilders at Miesen, it is quite the head-turner. The owner has fitted it with period-correct bandage boxes and original linoleum flooring (ideal for mopping up blood from accident victims).
Although it was surprisingly left out of the awards, this paean to the BMW Art Cars of yore was developed by a San Francisco sculptor and blacksmith. The throwback to the brick-era Volvo wagons was created using self-adhesive vinyl and reflective black tape.
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