Most people don’t think of cars as accessories. They’re more utilitarian, designed to get us from point A to point B with maximum fuel efficiency and the greatest amount of safety possible. Besides, on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, the average car is actually a big, lumbering monstrosity that resembles anything but a fun accessory.
That description fits most cars except, of course, for smart cars. These smaller, more fuel-efficient cars are already visually-striking enough to stand out in a herd of morning traffic. But many smart car owners take their car’s striking appearance to the next level with over-the-top designs intended to catch the eye.
Many of these cars feature designs that are quite funny. Here are eight smart car designs that could best be described as “over-the-top” funny.
Pale green is a noticeable color from the start. Add the striking graphics here, and you get a car that doubles as a conversation starter.
It unlikely that more than a very few people ever made the connection between a smart car’s almost ball-like design and an actual ball, but this proud smart car owner did. Notice the stitching that goes around not only the paint job but also the entire car.
This smart car designer decided to take the design into the third dimension with a textured design that resembles something between “Lego” blocks and, from far away, computer pixels. The result is a car that completely breaks the mold of the over-the-top paint job as it more closely resembles a sculpture than a painting.
Admittedly, this smart car isn’t one you’ll have a chance to ride in anytime soon, but the concept is fun: flamethrowers in the back to ward off zombies, chains in the front, and an overall design that better resembles a tank than an actual smart car.
This car’s owner also decided to go the 3d route but seems to have arrived at that conclusion more organically. Covered in grass “fur” from back to front (including even the side mirrors), this car seems to advertise its eco-friendly status simply by looking eco-friendly.
It’d be difficult to miss this car coming at you. The blue-and-gold checker design – not to mention the siren – immediately tip you off as to what kind of car it is. The light colors also make it highly visible, which may actually be a key benefit that isn’t quite as over-the-top as you might initially imagine.
If a full car of this size is a “smart car,” then you could describe this concept as “left-brained.” That is, of course, because it’s missing the full right half, which makes it physically less visible but somehow – psychologically, perhaps – a major attractor. Maybe the concept behind this car was that of a “car for one.”
You might do a double-take when you glance this photograph. Built out of sand but so-uncannily resembling a smart car that you wonder if the dog inside is real. This design is well-executed down to every last detail.
If one of the eight designs presented above doesn’t make you want to own a smart car, you might still consider them for other reasons such as fuel efficiency. If nothing else, you should certainly suddenly have the desire to build a sandcastle.