Retro Automotive Art

50s Sci-fi, tiki, fantasy, surrealistic and steampunk car art.

50s sci-fi car art

This campy collection of fantasy and surrealistic car artwork and composite photo-illustrations is strictly for fun, combining some of my favorite retro art styles; from the 1950s fantasy art that adorned the covers of sci-fi paperbacks, to the tiki art movement of the 1960s and the so-called "steampunk" art movement of today. The inspiration for this series was obvious when I was reviewing a collection of futuristic concept cars that I had photographed a few years back. These cars were clearly not designed to be functional, but instead, were created to spark the imaginations of car buyers who were enamored with the latest "car of the future," and to push the boundaries of automotive design.

Surrealistic and Fantasy Car Art:

Steampunk Tank Car

This photo-illustration is a humorous take on the Jay Leno's 'tank car'.


steampunk car

Cadillac Ranch

This photo-illustration depicts a 1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 at the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.


cadillac ranch cyclone

Moon Over Centurion

This photo-illustration depicts a daylight moon setting over a retro futuristic 1950s Buick Centurion at Monument Valley.


moon over buick centurion

1909 Locomobile at Fort Churchill

This photo-illustration simulates an antique photograph of a 1909 steam-powered Locomobile racer at the ruins of Fort Churchill in Nevada.


1909 locomobile at fort churchill nevada

Global Thunderbolt

This 50s style photo-illustration depicts the dawn of the modern age with a futuristic Chrysler Thunderbolt concept car in front of a contemporary steel and glass building. The image has soft coloration which is reminiscent of color photographs from the 1960s.


chrysler thunderbolt

Lunar Firebird

This 50s style sci-fi photo-illustration features a futuristic Firebird concept car on an inhospitable future earth.


firebird on the moon

Twin Moons over Aurelia Bay

This 60s tiki-style photo-illustration has a Lancia Aurelia on an alien beach with twin moons.


twin moons over aurelia bay

Sports Car in a Post-Apocalyptic World

This photo-illustration conjures up an image of the last surviving car in a post-apocalyptic world.


car in a post-apocalyptic world

Streamline Array

This 50s style sci-fi photo-illustration of a Ghia Streamline X at a future version of the Very Large Array telescope.


ghia streamline x

Futuristic Firebird in an Ancient World

This sci-fi photo-illustration features a GM Firebird l rocket-style concept car on an ancient planet.


futuristic concept car

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