There’s a reason why not all concept cars make it to production — some are just plain ridiculous. Check out the following commercials for the 1989 Pontiac Stinger, a vehicle marketed as “almost as much a condo as a car.”
In true 80’s fashion, the Stinger featured a neon color scheme and a slew of interior gadgets no one needs, including upholstery made from wet-suit fabric, car seats that double as beach chairs, an ice-chest door panel and removable cassette player.
Also on board this four-wheel drive, dune-buggy monstrosity was a memory armrest, two long-distance cellular telephones, rising back seats, a tool box, multiple storage bins, garden hose, vacuum cleaner, stove and camping table.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
An extension cord, binoculars, sewing kit, compass, magnifying glass, umbrella, brush and dustpan and even a calculator were also on board, just not mentioned in the videos.
When the Pontiac Stinger debuted, Popular Science magazine described it as a “Swiss army knife on wheels.” To me, it sounds more like a yard sale on wheels. But I suppose you have to insert yourself into the time period to understand how something this ridiculous could seem so rational.
At the time, Pontiac was struggling to appeal to the under 35 crowd, who were obsessed with Marty McFly and his antics in Back to the Future I and II. Combined with the quickly emerging sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment and a desire to be seen as a design maverick, Pontiac created the Stinger.
Thankfully, car interiors have come a long way since.