From sculptors, marketing gurus, political activists and just misguided car manufacturers, most wacky car creators have just too much time on their hands!
Take a look at some of the weirdest works of art on wheels you’re ever likely to see.
Dieter Sturm's jet-powered Cheese-n-ator
Built in 2016 by apparently unhinged but commendable Wisconsin man Dieter Sturm, the Cheese-n-ator is a... well, it's a jet-powered wedge of cheese.
Or at least, it's a car shaped as such, and the world's first. Amazingly, no one else had thought to do this.
It even has a switch for "fondue" (a flamethrower switch for the jet) and for "smoked cheese" (smoke, also from the jet).
As the time of writing, October 2020, the Cheese-n-ator is for sale on Facebook marketplace by the creator himself.
Erwin Wurm Fat Car
Technically a sculpture by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, beneath that bloated fiberglass lies a real car – a Porsche 911, no less. A commentary on power, wealth and obesity, or just a waste of a good car?
Feel a bit vulnerable when driving a small car? Well, the Quasar Unipower would surely put your anxiety into overdrive thanks to it being not only pint-sized, but also a literal glass box that presumably turns into hundreds of inward-facing daggers the instant you have a crash. It was not a commercial success.
You'd think after 10 years of development they would have worked out what they were making.
With 10,000 hours of labour and more than 15,000 Euros thrown into the project, it's probably best not to ask.
Ken Block's Trax STI
Well what do you expect when you put Ken Block in charge of modifying a Subaru Impreza WRX STI.?
With its beefed up suspension, turbo charged engine and cat tracks replacing wheels, this is a winter wonder car to beat any weather.
Vantagefield Benz Rover Hunter
Cocaine was extremely popular in the 1980s. Vantagefield offered this six-wheeled Benz/Rangie hybrid convertible in the 1980s. Are the two things linked?
Stiletto Art Car
This now-famous stiletto art car was a peace offering from David Crow to his girlfriend after years of teasing her about her obsession with shoes.
Clearly, time management should be next on David's to-do list, as his girlfriend didn't hang around for the four years it took to complete his apology!
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile
To promote its brand of hot dogs, Oscar Mayer has had around a dozen hot dog-shaped trucks built over the decades. Their drivers are called hotdoggers.
There are also Hot Wheels models of Wienermobiles, one of which may or may not be on one journalist's desk in the WhichCar office...
Olaf Mooj's DJmobile
The track God is a DJ apparently inspired this nightclub on wheels. With aerodynamic design, two turntables, and an ample speaker system... watch out, neighbours!
Li Shi Guang Ming The Book Of Songs
We kid you not, that’s it’s actual name.
This electric runabout with a 160km range would have cost $13K in today’s money, meaning that not only is it brutally ugly, but it’s also exceptionally poor value.
Chevrolet Orlando Play-Doh car
Promoting the launch of the new Chevy Orlando MPV and not a new Smurf movie, this life-size Play doh car sculpture took eight model makers two weeks to complete.
Harold Blank camera van
If you think this crazy van is haphazardly thrown together- think again. It's a fully functioning work of art that snap happy owner Harold Blank tours the world in.
With a front grill made from every Polaroid camera ever made and the passenger side reserved for a collection of antique cameras, it's no wonder Harold has hidden cameras to snap public reactions!
William Burge's Phantom art car
This devilish ride made its debut at Essen Motor show in Germany 2007. Again, it's the popular Beetle that gives it foundation to this beast.
Scot Campbell, Extremo the Clown
How do you even describe this monstrosity? We'd like to see its owner, Extremo the Clown (Scot Campbell, also once a mayoral candidate in Portland, Oregon), manoeuvring a multistorey car park!
Wire VW Beetle art car
Looking more like a portable birdcage than a driveable car, even the steering wheel is wired in this VW. ANCAP says no.
Dai Geng's BMW Z4 brick art car
This replica z4 took one artist over a year to construct. Apart from the windows, every part of the BMW, from the detailed and authentic BMW interior to the hinges allowing the doors to swing open, is made from brick.
What better way to discard old bits of computer than gluing the parts to your car.
Hopefully it doesn't cause a short circuit.
Ripper the Shark
'Cartist' Tom Kennedy was a pioneer of art cars. One of his most famous designs was Ripper the Shark, complete with moveable jaws and a swishing tail.
Olafur Eliasson - Your Mobile Expectations
No not an alien creature or heating system for Eskimos, this is a BMW hydrogen-powered racecar hidden under ice, steel mesh and mirrors.
Aimed to show the connection between climate change and cars, the project took artist Eliasson 3 years to finish.
Big Al's Versatile
Covered with over 272kg of plates and tiles, this mosaic masterpiece took owner Big A six months to create.
Naming the revamped 1971 Buick Versatile, Big Al says the car depicts the idea of opposites.
Obviously, the Japanese Batman is a little more out there than our regular Bruce Wayne, but A for effort!