The airbag, the curry hook, heated seats and sat-navs – all great innovations that have changed our everyday lives and made motoring a pleasure (and safer).
However, for every great invention there is a long list of failed attempts to take the motoring world by storm.
We’ve picked our five highlights (or should that be lowlights).
Yes, believe it or not these were tyres that actually lit up. They were available in a range of colours and worked by having light bulbs inside the wheel rim.
Health and safety was not a top priority back in the 1960s but that’s a small price to pay for some very snazzy tyres!
External dog sack
If you’re a dog lover then you’re going to love this next invention, NOT.
As the name suggests, the external dog sack actually meant the dog was on the outside of the car in the hope that it would keep the car clean while giving some fresh air to the four-legged friend.
The dog sack soon got the ‘sack’ back in the 1930s.
In-car record player
You thought scratching records started back in the 1970s with such DJ legends as GrandMaster Flash soon becoming household names.
Some Chryslers in the 1950s were fitted with a record player and while the stylus was designed to push down hard on the record that didn’t always stop it moving. Besides the pressure could also damage the vinyl.
Fancy some steaming hot popcorn while on the move? Well you could with the in-car microwave.
The in-car microwave is essential for those long motorway journeys. If you’re feeling peckish at 70mph on the M25 (not that you are ever likely to reach 70mph on Britain’s biggest car park) then simply heat up a Rustlers burger and tuck in. Nought to tasty in 60mph!
OK, more than just an invention to go in a car but a total car concept itself.
However, the holy grail of car inventions has never really taken off despite some valiant efforts.
Come fly with me. Perhaps not!
If you know of any other bad car inventions then we’d love to hear from you.