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By on April 11, 2008, with 65 Comments

Jim Gansle from Canyon Lake, Texas sent me this photo of a vintage car (along with few more visitors that submit illusions regularly). Seems that the photo really went viral, since lately I stumble upon it very often across the web. Enough on the background of this flick, now let me describe the effect. Once you see this photo, you’ll probably need some time before you spot something very strange in it. I was wondering what is so interesting about this car, but after it hit me (no, not the car, luckily the car didn’t hit me), it all became clear. This is what Jim wrote: “In case you haven’t seen this before. I really enjoy your site – got the widget to tell me when a new one is available. What a fun you would have at intersections. You figure it out. I got a headache”. This will be added to our Transportation category, the one I speak so rarely about.

Crazy Car Optical Illusion


65 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    awesom! very comfusin’ though.

  2. Dejan1024 says:

    this can’t possibly be real…

  3. Anonymous says:

    That is just HARD!
    It gives my a headake!

  4. JusT says:

    My brain is making too much assumptions, it’s confusing.

    Neat, though.

  5. Martyn P says:

    This didn’t take me long to work out…
    Great, though! I love your site!

  6. Anonymous says:

    i know im not the first post,but any way you were right anonomous this is confusing

  7. Gavin says:


  8. Kyle says:

    so they made a sidewayse car?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Pretty cool :D

  10. fanob5 says:

    He’s right. I get a headache too when I look at it long enough!

  11. Kostiman says:

    It’s clearly photoshopped but at first glance you can’t tell, but if you look at it, the middle tire, you can see the fender is pointing towards us and it looks like there is a different fender connected to it. photoshopped

  12. Anonymous says:

    Good Effect. Wonder if it drives.

  13. Josh Norman! says:

    At first I saw nothing wrong, but then I saw the wheels :P

    It didn’t take me no time at all to figure this out though, I’m used to headaches ;]
    You are actually looking at the side of the car, notice that the back wheels are the same orientation as the front.
    What baffles me is how the driver steers… or if they get a sore neck :P

  14. Anonymous says:

    its really not that hard it looks confussing at friest but the car is normal its just the fornt to tires are just set sidways and the front was made wider

    not a very good explination but you get what i mean

  15. Anonymous says:

    exactly my reaction:

    what, i don’t get i– wait. WTFF?!

  16. Anonymous says:

    How cool =]
    it is confusing

  17. Anonymous says:

    So, Does the car drive sideways?

  18. Kostiman says:

    Photoshopped, you can tell by the fender in the middle, it was like mixed in with the photo with another photo. I win

  19. Anonymous says:

    this is random…

  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh wow. That must be hell to drive..

  21. Anonymous says:

    umm so you hit the gas and the car speeds left? lol

  22. Anonymous says:

    lol.. very nice!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand the point in that half wheel, on the middle of the car. It doesn’t seem to make sense with anything else.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Hey! Where did you get a picture of my car?! What’s going on?

  25. Anonymous says:

    look at the wheels

  26. Anonymous says:

    cool but im confused

  27. Me says:

    That is totally… WEIRD!!!

  28. Fernando says:

    this so confusing!!

  29. the örjan says:

    Wow. This was really skillful craftsmenship!
    If it works if will be very difficult to drive because it will go sideways!
    Look at the steeringwheel.

    My guess is that it really works, but is illegal to drive.

  30. Anonymous says:

    lol its cool but weird

  31. Anonymous says:


    “This will be added to our Transportation category, the one I speak so rarely about.”

    Link goes to “transparent” not transportation….

  32. Brad says:

    nice:!) im sure i understand this, but then i read all the comments saying photoshopped rofl like the silly people they are, and then also about headaches and confusion:P yeh its nice and confusing but like one poster said, its just the side of the care ( with windscreen wipers on the side windows :P im sure the seats in side point the right way no?

  33. Anonymous says:

    It’s not real, the tires up front would be face forward, not sideways.

  34. Alan says:

    If you guys would just do some background checking on the validity of the pic, you would find out that it is indeed a REAL car built sideways. just because something looks funny or different doesnt always mean its photoshopped. SHEESH!

  35. Victor says:

    Is this real?

  36. jrlaff says:

    Love that one!

    You surely need a special driving licence to drive that!

  37. Anonymous says:

    you should put a counter for how many knobs try to be smartasses by saying “photoshopped”. i count 3 on this one. have some imagination.

  38. Jan says:

    great car for finding a parking place. :-)

  39. Anonymous says:

    It’s very obviously photoshopped but still kinda cool. I like it!!!

  40. Anonymous says:

    it’s not photoshopped. anonymous no.25 said that was his car.

    P.s none of your explinations make sense

    PP.s this is wierd

    PPP.s this makes my head hurt

    PPPP.s i like doing alot of P.s’s

    PPPPP.s as you can see i like doing a lot of P.s,’s (like I said above)

    PPPPPP.s i forgot what i was going to say now. Oh well

    PPPPPPP.s this is a lot

  41. Anonymous says:

    a crab car!

  42. Anonymous says:


  43. talise says:

    That is so cooll but my head hurts

  44. ohandodfswd says:

    this took me secodns to figure, een though i thought i wouldnt find it for ages!!!!!!!!! SOOOO WEIRD

  45. TD w/ T says:

    Indeed, I am eager to see this car in different angle. It breaks all of my cognition to a sedan. God, please do not do this to my BMW. Amen.

  46. Pixee says:

    My brain just exploded.

  47. Maddie (again) says:

    First words. “well, thats confusing…”

  48. Scarlett Marcia Simmons says:


  49. Kiersten Bruce says:

    I see it! It looks like the back of the car but the front of the car is on the side! I found it!

  50. unknown says:

    same here
    it took me a while b4 i figured out what’s wrong
    wonder who had the time to make such an interesing model?

  51. soulesslemming says:

    I’d say it’s a custom job chopped & placed sideways on the frame, or a photoshop

  52. michelle says:

    hahah the car looks as though it goes both ways hahah! i live here btw=)

  53. somebody says:

    cool! that would be really fun to drive!

  54. Joshua says:


  55. goblin says:

    crazy foreign vehicles =P

  56. Someone says:

    Wtf, which way is it xD

  57. Yeah no can someone explain it lol cause i think i see it but not really surge

  58. illusions1 says:


  59. troy sircelj says:

    the car is atally turned sideways

  60. Djoel says:

    great illusion with a simple work..

  61. GenCat says:

    thats not really…. oh. I see it : l

  62. Dedge says:

    The water from the lake is higher than the ground ;>


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