Futuristic vehicles that never existed, like the anti-tiger tank and octopus fire truck

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Old issues of Popular Science are a rich repository of gonzo, never-was transportation. Ogle such curious conveyances as the skiing cubicle, the tuba-equipped jungle cruiser, and a truck with a steam engine in every wheel.

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John Ptak of Ptak Science Books has collected some of the best of these retrofuturistic oddities. Check out creations that never roamed the land, sea, or air.

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Illustration for article titled Futuristic vehicles that never existed, like the anti-tiger tank and octopus fire truck
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Corpore Metal

Even today Popular Science and Popular Mechanics has always been a good source of science fictional vehicles that may never get built or mass produced.

Over a decade ago, I remember reading in one of those mags the proposal, along with wonderful illustrations, to convert all oil supertankers from surface ships to submarines. This was suggested for, among other reasons, a way to prevent delays in oil shipments due to bad weather in the deep ocean.

If we looked through the archives, I bet we'd find proposals for nuclear powered dirigibles that would never land, jet packs and fleets of flying cars that could also work as boats or submarines.