The popular image of concept cars is that they're not just leading edge, but bleeding edge: a little too "out there" to be viable, roadable vehicles anytime soon. But the concepts in this quiz show that you can package innovative pizzazz with production-ready practicality.
What would eventually become the Corvette Sting Ray had a paint job reportedly inspired by a mako shark that had been caught by the project's chief designer.
The original "Bumblebee" Transformer, as true fans know, was a Volkswagen Beetle-like car. But in the live-action Transformers movies, Bumblebee is two different versions of the Chevy Camaro.
A "retro" redesigned Ford Mustang beat the Chevy to the punch -- by nearly four years.
The Tourist Trophy, or "TT" motorcycle race on the British Isle of Man was a frequent source of victories for NSU, the company that eventually come to be known as Audi.
Microcars are becoming an increasingly popular segment with city dwellers who just need basic, no-fuss transportation.
Having the Cygnet in its lineup will help Aston Martin meet tougher European emissions requirements.
J. Mays and Freeman Thomas both worked on the oval-shaped cars -- the Audi TT and Beetle -- at VW's design center in California.
With the New Beetle, the auto world discovered it was sitting on a gold mine of goodwill toward discontinued models that already had brand awareness.
In the early 1980s, Honda decided it wanted to build a "supercar" as good or better than a Ferrari, but also one that was more affordable. The result was the highly acclaimed NSX.
Honda officials have stated the company is hard at work readying a high-performance successor to the NSX that is environmentally friendly, hinting strongly it will be a hybrid.
In tough times, fewer dollars are available to indulge design flights of fancy. Thus, automakers' concept vehicles tend to be more conservative and practical, so that they can more easily be brought into production.
Harley Earl is widely credited as being the father of the concept car, after having created the 1938 Buick Y-Job.
Significant drag on the Chevy Volt concept forced designers to do major wind tunnel-tested modifications to the body, among other changes. So the production car looks significantly different from the original concept.
The Ford GT40 begat the Ford GT -- sort of. While the cars have similar-looking profiles, the GT is a completely different car, mechanically.
Reportedly, only 918 of the cars will be produced, and Porsche is aiming to keep the ownership list exclusive with an $845,000 asking price.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has a traditional internal combustion engine estimated to deliver 500-horsepower. And if that wasn't enough, it boasts two electric motors that kick in an additional combined 218-horsepower equivalent.
At the time the Audi TT was introduced in 1995, its extreme oval shape made it a stand-out in terms of design.
Reaction was overwhelmingly positive. At the time, Camaro proved to be a rare bright spot for GM, as the car's popularity began to crest even as GM was fighting off severe financial troubles.
The GT-R performs on the track as well or better than sports cars that cost more than twice as much -- it's a supercar for roughly the price of a high-end luxury automobile.
Despite its too-good-to-be-true looks and claimed performance, the 918 Spyder makes the most of its electric motors to keep emissions and fuel consumption down to a laudable 78 miles per gallon (3.016 liters per 100 kilometers).