Lots of cars can be rare, if customers decide they don’t like a particular color or option. A purple Camaro or a manual transmission Chevy SS are rare cars and hard to find for sale on eBay. This post is an entirely different kind of rare – as you most likely will never see them in person, or even for sale anywhere. These are some of the truly rarest cars in the world.
1948 Tucker 48
Preston Tucker wanted to build the safe, beautiful, powerful cars of the future. He largely succeeded, with the 48, called the Tucker Torpedo. Turning headlights, a safety cage, and four wheel disc brakes covered safety, while a torquey helicopter engine provided plenty of motivation. It wasn’t to be though, as a combination of factors led to just 51 being built, including the prototype.
1964 Ferrari 250 LM
This gorgeous car was designed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and rules in place at the time required the manufacture of 100 street versions before it could be raced. Ferrari didn’t meet the production goals, and with just 32 produced and sold, Ferrari had to forfeit the race season. While it won only a few races, the LM is a rare and super expensive classic.
2005 Saleen S7 twin turbo
When Steve Saleen became bored of tuning powerful Mustangs, he decided to fabricate his own cars. The S7 was a mid-engine supercar that originally sold for about a half million dollars. Only 21 were produced, but with a Ford 7.0 liter V8, making 750 hp, it could do 0-60 under 3 seconds and was worth every penny.
1990 Vector W8
Vector Aeromotive was an American supercar company with a history of under-delivering on their orders. This made the W8 extremely rare, with only 19 built. The 625 hp aluminum twin turbo V8 still offers outstanding performance today, making this 25-year old beauty a solid investment.
1970 AMC AMX/3
In the late ‘60s, AMC had a hit on their hands with the compact and powerful AMX. The AMX/3 took things way too far, with a mid-mounted 390 V8 making 340 hp and 430 lb/ft of torque. The cars were way too expensive, so AMC canned the project after just 5 cars were built. All of them still exist today.
1927 Bugatti Royale
Bugatti intended to sell these expensive ($45,000) cars to royalty, but due to the Great Depression, and the decline of royalty by the 1930s, only 6 were made. The 21 foot long coupes have 12.7 liter straight eights making an impressive 300-ish horsepower. These 7,000 pound cars rarely go up for sale, but estimates put their value at roughly $19 million each.
2014 Lamborghini Veneno
In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Lambo made only 6 of these carbon-fiber masterpieces. The Aventador-based Veneno has a 6.5 liter V12 turned up to 740 hp, and the coupe can exceed 220 mph. If you want this stealth fighter for the street, it’ll cost you over $4 million.
1970 Ford Torino King Cobra
Back in NASCAR’s areo wars, homologation rules required racing parts to have real life street counterparts, which is why the infamous Superbird was created. The Ford version was the Gran Torino’s King Cobra with a Boss 429 and a gorgeous aerodynamic body. Only 3 were made before the rules changed, and only 2 survive today. The third was used as daily driver until it was sent to the scrap yard.
1954 Oldsmobile F88
In the ‘50s, GM was considering using the Corvette chassis for a number of other models. One of the results was the Olds F88, a beauty of a two-seat sports car with an Oldsmobile V8, automatic transmission, and Corvette suspension. Only four were made, and GM had an unfortunate policy of crushing their show cars, so only one exists today. It was made road legal back in the day, but since it’s valued at over $3 million, you probably shouldn’t drive it.Tags: rare cars