In the 60s and 70s, British Leyland worked on a hatchback that would replace the original Mini. However, such a design had never reached production. Maybach cars were originally meant to have a biturbo V24 engine, displacing 15 litres and making about HP. Due to packaging issues and problems with deigning a durable enough gearbox, the biturbo V12 from the Mercedes S and CL was used instead.
First design sketches for the Mercedes C-Class depicted a car with a more rounded appearance. The Mercedes CLS could have never seen production, if not for an executive seeing an employee-made drawing of "a Jaguar built by Mercedes" and deciding to put it into production. Cadillac originally planned their models to have an OHC V12 engine. The Fiat Panda was originally meant to be built on a streched platform of the Its name was originally planned to be "Rustica", but someone pointed out that given Fiat's reputation for corrosion, a name containing the word "rust" shouldn't really be considered for any of the brand's products.
The Fiat Panda was planned to be an experimental lightweight low fuel consumption 5-seat small car, but ended up as a more traditional city car. Also, the vehicle's name was originally meant to be "Gingo", but the protests of Renault, makers of the Twingo, blocked the change.
The Fiat 's original designs depicted a 5-door car with styling similar to the VW New Beetle, but with a more toy-like appearance. The VW Beetle's original replacement was a project codenamed " EA ", a mid-engined hatchback with the motor below the front seats, However, technical difficulties and the high projected cost of producing such a vehicle made the EA not enter production.
Between and Porsche worked on a roadster slotting below the Boxster, but the idea ended up getting abandoned. The Porsche was planned as a replacement, but ended up being a more luxurious alternative to it.
In the late s, BMW was working on the idea of a Vpowered car. There even were a few prototypes of a 6. However, the car never ended up hitting production. The 7-Series-based vehicle never saw production, whiule the 3-series and 5-series-based ones morphed into the GT versions of these cars.
Caterham tried to release a car based on the Renault Alpine, being in an alliance with the latter. Unfortunately, the British company did not have the money it took to design the new model and the car ended up existing only in the digital form and as clay models. The alliance also wanted to make a Caterham-branded subcompact and small crossover in order to get more appeal in the Asian markets. These vehicles never went further than the general idea. The Lamborghini LM was a civilian adaptation of the Cheetah, a military prototype that had too high fuel consumption to be accepted, and might had not existed if the Cheetah got greenlit for army service.
Lamborghini wanted to release a mid-engined 4-seater coupe called "Espada" in The car was planned to be built using a stretched Gallardo spaceframe and mechanics, but never saw a release.
Later, the company was tooling with the idea of building a front-engined 4-door sedan, like the prototypical Estoque, but instead settled on developing an SUV, the Urus. DeLorean Motor Company wanted to release a 4-door counterpart of the DMC, but the vehicle never made it into production, due to a lack of funds for engineering it. The Land Rover Series I's prototypes had a single seat and the steering wheel in the middle, due to the buyer demographics being perceived as having familarity with that layout, driving tractors as part of their work.
The final production version ended up being equipped with 3 front seats and a normal left- or right-mounted steering wheel. The Ford Mustang was originally meant to be a 2-seat roadster with a rear-mounted V4 engine.
Early prototypes of the Ford Pinto envisioned it as a highly safe car. However, the production version had many of the safety features removed. The Mercury Comet was designed as an addition to the Edsel lineup, but the cancellation of the latter brand got it put in the Mercury lineup in the last second. The 3rd generation Ford Focus had a Mercury counterpart, called "Tracer", originally being develeloped alongside, but the discontinuation of the Mercury brand led to the cancellation of the Tracer.
Rover originally planned to introduce a model called "55" in However, it had to be shelved, due to financial problems. In the mids, MG Rover worked on an aluminium-bodied 3-cylinder small car that would replace the Metro, but it was deemed too ambitious, and the more conventional Metro stayed on sale. The 2nd generation Rover was being designed as an all-new car. Instead, financial troubles led to the final version being just a Honda Concerto with different badging. However, due to yet unknown reasons, the final version delivered to customers ended up getting a HP version of the 3.
In , Jaguar showed the C-X75 concept, a turbine-engined hypercar. A year later, the turbine engine concept was shelved, due to too high CO 2 emissions, and replaced with a hybrid 1.
Unfortunately, that was also cancelled, because of a lack of a big inough target market. The Jaguar XJS was originally meant to be mid-engined. A styling cue left over from the original design is the C-pillar shape, made to accomodate vents for an engine behind the seats. The same car also had a Daimler version considered in the s, colloquially called the Daimler-S and having normal-styled C-pillars, but it did not reach production.
Rover was thinking of introducing a mid-engined sports car with their V8 for Unfortunately, that idea was cancelled to avoid competition with Jaguar, which was planning to make the XJS such a car, as described above. Triumph planned to introduce a redesign of the TR 7 in However, British Leyland decided to discontinue the Triumph brand altogether in However, such a design never got into a production. For some time, Peugeot was thinking about building a replacement of the , the At some point, the car was even meant to share many mechanical components with the Ford RWD cars e.
Lincoln LS - and the Ford 5. However, in the late s, Peugeot decided to cancel the idea of a replacement. The Peugeot was originally going to be sold as the Talbot Arizona, but the cancellation of the Talbot brand led to the change. The Chevrolet Vega, notorious for its shoddy materials, was originally envisioned as being built out of higher-quality stuff.
In , Lotus released 5 sports car concepts, intending to put them into production. Unfortunately, financial troubles made only one of the cars, the Elan, have any chance of getting a release, and this is because it would be a replacement to an existing model. In , Volvo showed a shooting brake concept, intending to put a similar design into production if the public reception is good enough. However, the estimated demand ended up being too low to justify production, and the design isn't going to be mass-produced.
Packard's line was originally planned to have its own styling, but ended up being rebadged Studebakers, due to budget constraints. However, the partnership ended up splitting, due to different visions on it, and only the P8 ended up hitting the market as the McLaren MP 4 C, and with McLaren's own 3. There even were commercials and press photos showing the car with such badging, but the mockery by Scandinavian press as "fitta" sounds similar to a few Scandinavian vulgar terms for female genitals led to a name change.
The Daewoo Matiz's design was drawn for the Fiat Seicento. However, Fiat turned the offer back, and instead, the design was bought by Daewoo, with a pair of rear doors added. Fortunately, someone noticed that "mist" means "manure" in German, and the car was quickly renamed, with new badges fitted just before the debut.
However, such a car would be too expensive and compliceated for production. The only publically-seen prototypes were the ones starring in Johnny English Reborn In , a start-up called Carbon Motors showed the E7, a prototypical purpose-built police car, powered by a more durable BMW straight-6 diesel and with special safety capabilities.
The original production date target was , but the car was first delayed, and then the company went bankrupt in In , 6 working prototypes of the Taylor Aerocar, a flying car, were built. However, due to financial problems and a lack of a big enough target market, the car wasn't ultimately produced. Its dismantlement crippled the company's image, and allowed Toyota to get ahead of it.
And these examples are only the tip of the iceberg, as a typical car has about 10 different designs considered before the production car one gets chosen, and most of the aborted ones never see daylight.
Card Games A bit more subtle than the other examples on this page. Originally, each new expansion of Magic: The Gathering was going to have a new color scheme on the card backs instead of the usual brown and tan — for instance, Arabian Nights would have been orange and magenta, Ice Age would have been two shades of blue. This was nixed when the designers realized this would make it too easy for your opponents to identify the cards you have in your hand by their backs, giving them an unfair advantage, so the card backs have remained unchanged since day one.
Nowadays of course, most people have card sleeves Expansion sets were planned to be temporary installments played along with the main set, then forgotten as newer sets replaced them. The "Standard" format preserves this idea. The set "Planar Chaos" focused on the theme of alternate realities. One of the original ideas to express the concept was to present the set as coming from an alternate timeline where Magic has six colors instead of five.
The sixth color purple, by the way made it quite far in the development process at least, by the standards of rejected ideas but was ultimately scrapped. The set was going to feature packaging showcasing an alternate logo style and other changes, though the cardback would have stayed the same. Wizards of the Coast kept the final set of the Scars of Mirrodin block a mystery for a time, saying it would be either New Phyrexia or Mirrodin Pure, depending on which side won the war.
Eventually it was revealed to be New Phyrexia. This surprised precisely no one, but for the portion of the player base who liked Mirrodin and disliked Phyrexia, we can only wonder what the set could have been like.
Unfortunately for them, recent articles about the development process reveal that the last set never could have been Mirrodin Pure to begin with—the block was originally going to start with New Phyrexia and go from there! That only changed when they decided it would be more interesting to show the process of Mirrodin gradually being corrupted into New Phyrexia. During the development of the Shards of Alara block and several times before there were an idea to introduce a 6th basic land: It was nicknamed "Barry's Land" and would be strictly worse than any other basic land, as it only tapped for colorless mana.
Sounds pretty harmless right? The idea was that it would increase the number of basic land types to 6, giving abilities such as "Domain" a bigger boost. However, this came with a slew of other problems. Due to the wording on older cards, this rendered a lot of older cards much harder to use as they say "control all basic lands" rather than "control 5" as well as broke other cards, which mentions the other 5 basic lands by name because they search for those lands but not Cave.
It also solved the problem with Domain by not including a sub-type. WotC hyped up the "mystery" of the Shadows over Innistrad set, teasing us as who could be behind the strange events going on.