I’m back with another round of AI-generated cars that never were (but should have been). As before, the images are exactly as generated by the DifusionBee (a port of Stable Diffusion), and have not been manipulated in any way. The caption of each photo shows what I fed the AI. As always, I’m open to suggestions and requests in the comments section.
We’ll open this round with a request from the comments on my last post that turned out so well it ended up being my lede photo: An updated Chevrolet Corvair. The 2000 model pictured above nailed the grilleless front end, while adding (presumably) hidden headlights, giving it a stunning, all body-color face. Has there ever actually been a car that was both completely grilleless front end and with hidden headlights? I can’t think of one offhand, but maybe our readers can come up with something.
We all know that the C6-based 2003-2009 Cadillac XLR was the Corvette’s first platform mate, but what if it wasn’t? When asked to produce a 1963 Cadillac Corvette, the AI produced the entirely plausible example above, combining period Corvette and Cadillac styling cues more or less seamlessly. I particularly like how the Cadillac eggcrate grille fits neatly behind the Corvette bumpers.
Since the 1963 Cadillac Corvette worked out so well, how about a 1977 model? A little more angular, as you would expect, but those heavy chrome bumpers aren’t doing the ‘Vette any favors. It looks a bit too much like a Briklin, and we all know how that turned out.
Maybe a C4 Cadillac Corvette would be more to your liking. I actually think the bladed rear fenders kind of work here.
How about some Buick to go with your Corvette? All the C2 Buick combinations I tried looked miserable, but the Buick styling cues really work on the C1, like this 1956 Buick Corvette.
In the real world, Cadillac wouldn’t make a compact car until the 1981 Cimmaron. In the imaginary world, this 1962 Cadillac Corvair looks more like an Oldsmobile from the front, but it does have that weird windshield kink Cadillacs from this period had. And of course, it has fins, even though they were quite passé by 1962.
Let’s continue this theme of flavors that Mother Nature never intended.
Here is perhaps the most unholy matrimony of all: A 1970 Mustang Camaro. I’ll leave it to the commenters to figure out which elements came from which car, but underscores the idea that the pony cars were stylistically more similar than they were different. Go far enough back in time, and all cars really do end up looking the same.
Almost as blasphemous, what of the legendary 300SL has been a BMW, and not a Mercedes Benz? The front end looks almost as good with the BMW roundel and twin kidney grilles.
I tried all kinds of combinations of “Ford Impala” and “Chevrolet Galaxie,” and most of them came out looking horrible. The 1973 Ford Impala above was less horrible than most, but it still comes off looking like one of those bizarro-world Australian market cars, at the same time both odd and familiar.
Meanwhile, this 1971 Lincoln Eldorado somehow manages to capture the worst elements of both.
On the other hand, I tried various combinations of Chevrolet Thunderbird, and they all look fantastic, like the picture above. The two-seater Thunderbird is iconic, and it easily wears the 1957 Chevy look, which is equally as iconic. Other than the usual weird cropping, I seriously considered making this the lede photo for this post.
Let’s finish out with a few more time travels:
The compact Ford Falcon didn’t come out until 1960, but had there been a previous generation, it probably would have looked a lot like the car above.
This 1970 Chrysler Town and Country looks wood-tastic! It even has wood grain on the door pillars.
Porsche quit selling the 928 after 1995, but what if there had been a second-generation model? Perhaps it would have looked a little like the image above.
This 1965 Acura NSX looks both completely period correct, and yet is still recognizably an NSX (along with gaining a racing number).
Lastly, I’ll leave you with this proto-pony car, a 1959 Chevrolet Camaro.