Concept cars today aren't much different than they were in the past. They're used as a canvas for the manufacturer's design team to flex their muscles and incorporate technology that can possibly be seen in future vehicles. Granted, there are plenty of concepts that have been wishful thinking, but many reflect the times and what's to come. The Chrysler Norseman concept is a perfect example of that. Norseman, meaning medieval Scandinavian, makes very little sense as an automotive name. Built in 1956, this four-seat coupe was designed by Chrysler Corporation's style team and constructed by the Italian coach-building firm, Ghia. It took well over a year to build because Chrysler wanted the Norseman to be a completely drivable vehicle. There are no side pillars to the roof and it's only secured to the body by the rear C-pillars. Since it featured such a complex roof design, it was a difficult task to pull off.

The car was completed in time for the New York City Auto Show of 1956, and was shipped to the States on the SS Andrea Doria. The ship was involved in a collision off the coast of Massachusetts and sank, taking the Norseman and 46 lives with it. As a result, the Norseman was never shown to the public and was never seen by most of the designers who worked on it.