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The 10 That Got Away

Alas Automotives: 10 Concept Cars We Wish Had Been Built

Some concept cars are the stuff of dreams, and some make a justified beeline for the crusher. But then there are the truly glorious ones: the concepts built just for show, never meant to be anything more than the Paris runway model of the automotive world, or those lucky few that see their design elements actually influence production cars, even if they themselves never make it to the street. Tragically, for many of the best, somewhere between an auto show debut and the fevered, hopeful dreams of auto enthusiasts, some kind of childhood-hating shutdown switch gets flicked by faceless bean counters. In honor of the fallen, we take a look at 10 of the best concept cars that only ever got to lay rubber on the auto show floor.

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The anti-wagon wagon

Citroën Numero 9 Concept

There are plenty of tasty vehicles we never get to see stateside, and though some we won’t lose sleep over, others cause us to drool with desire, like the Citroen Numero 9 Concept. About to make its debut at the Beijing Auto Show, this shooting-brake (European for three or five door station wagons) sports a…