Top 10 Rarest Cars You've Probably Never Heard Of
The world is infested with art collectors, artifact collectors and more especially people who show appreciation for the rarest things that somebody in the world has found value to; something outrageously rare and ancient that’s priceless. Yet, there are still some people out there who will be able to afford a $1.2 Million vase for their guest room or for their toilet window! This is where the ancient act of ‘trading’ began and still continues anyway. The fact is, the need, desire of people will never fade and has always existed ever since the beginning of modern day man.
Cars! On the other hand, are one of man's greatest desire. It's been this way since the industrial revolutions and still is today to more futuristic extreme. There are some vehicles, especially in the form of classic rarest cars which have become highly sought after by some of the richest collectors in the world who spend days, months, if not years hunting for certain models of cars. And, to filter the list out of the many auto motives in 1000’s of production till date, here's top 10 rarest cars in the world that you’ve probably haven’t even heard off. The rarity of the cars have been ranked by popularity, overall fame, price worth as well as year of production.
10. Packard Panther
We may consider this car exactly what it’s ‘last name’ suggests, panther, being the inspired shape of its exquisite and rather unique design of that era which in the forefront appeared like that of the face of the cat itself. Packard Panther’s concept design was meant to show the world, where the design and future of cars were heading back in that era and has certainly given attention to detail in shaping it exactly as envisioned. The Packard Company had plans to feature a new fleet design by the late 1950’s yet hasn’t gone full blown into production which leaves the Panther to remain one of the rarest cars in the name. This 1954 masterpiece is a rare of its kind and also featured the flicker lights. Packard Panther can be picked up for around $800 000. Strangely, if you look closer at the front of how it’s designed, you would see a mustache shaped bumper and grid which is one of the most distinctive features of the car.
9. Tucker 48′
As the year suggests, 1948 is a lonnnnng time back from now and which ultimately means very rare also. Here we’re looking at a rarity that truly defined what BIG built cars has always been about. Men of the 40’s sure would have enjoyed driving in one of these sedans and owning one as a family car too. I’m picturing men with double breasted suits, fedora hat’s and about two children (boy and girl) and that very homely type country wife in the front seat and a scrambly car which makes a lot of noise as it takes off. Preston Tucker being the father of this large built car has only unfortunately managed to make 51 of these before the collapse and shut-down of his company and ultimately making it one of the rarest cars in the world today. In honor of Preston Tuckers unfinished dream, a 1988 movie called: ‘Tucker – the man and his dream’ has been centered around the production of this car in that era. The value of the Tucker 48′ car now is estimated to be of $1.2 Million in value.
8. Aston Martin Bulldog
If the Aston Martin Bulldog and the DeLorean where parked next to each other, it would have sub-consciously given the impression to a viewer that either one of the cars are an older or newer model of each other seeing that it’s unusual flattened shape is highly identical to each other, which includes the doors which open upwards. The car can also be misinterpreted at first fast glance at being an older model of a Lamborghini as well. And Lambo’s have only one shape known commonly to the world in its unconventional design and so does the Aston Martin Bulldog. Aston Martin’s in general have always featured its classic design even in the modernized versions too but they did it all different with the bulldog. The gullwing doors which open upwards are definitely a unique addition to the car, making it one of its kind. Aston Martin as a company, planned to produce 25 limited additions to test the sales of it but only ONE bulldog was actually ever built! Estimated value now: $1.3 Million
7. Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing
Speaking of rare cars with gullwing doors, the Mercedes Benz 300SL also had one to pull up as a 2 seater of luxury back then, just as how we have our 2 seater luxuries today which are extremely expensive, while very common and in high production on the super-car markets today. The Merc 300SL Gullwing however is both the combination of rare and very expensive too if you manage to find one for the purchase today. This beauty had lasted around 2 years in production until due to development of a newer roadster concept version. Regardless of the beauty not being very long in production, it has been one of the fastest top speed cars in the world of its time. Having this much and a 3.0 Engine from which the ‘300’ came from as well as being fuel injected with its sleek classic European luxury coupe design to boast surely makes the 300SL one of the rarest cars in the world which banks it at an estimated $1.5 Million today. This was certainly a bird that spread its wings and flew as fast as it could on the road.
6. Talbot Lago Grand Sport
Talbot Lago, wow! Looks exactly like a more civilized version of the famous Batman car. There is also much similarity between the front of the Talbot and the front of a vintage Aston Martin as well; by vintage I mean more in the DB-5 production design concepts. The back of the car, in shape however is truly conventional and curved, making it look elongated at the back which is one of the most distinctive features overall even at first appearance. Talbot lago Grand Sport can be considered as a presidential vehicle of its time as it certainly gives off an ‘upper society’ appeal to its shape, design and price even in those days. To conclude it for you properly, it can be taken as a hot rod back and an Aston front fused to give us one Lago design. Talbot Lago Grand Sport I apart of Legendary automotive history and has had only 12 produced – with people paying over $2.5 Million for their share of golden car history.
5. Porsche 916
We’re so used to our fixed mindset’s and images of what a Porsche would look like in our minds and we always somehow go back to one commonly visualized shape all in all, regardless of what model we picture. This may be due to seeing one shape of a Porsche all the time and nobody could blame us. Throughout the years, Porsche hasn’t failed to maintain its gecko shaped design in all their models or at least most it but a slight curve or bit off or lack of metals in a car can change how it appears in a huge way and so have they cleverly done with the 916 design. We are still able to see hints of the gecko head design in this one, but we had got to look harder than what meets the eye. Nevertheless out of 11 of these beauties that were made, only one has been shipped to the United States of America. Speak about Rare, yeah! It could reach a top speed of 145 Miles per hour which was one of the fastest Porches of the 70’s when it came into production. The Porsche 916 has been sold privately in recent years for around $3 Million.
4. 1954 Oldsmobile F-88
1954 has been the year of several things in terms where all of the world’s classic cars of today have had their birth in the desire of man’s mind ever since and to have taken the streets as well. Here the Oldsmobile has definitely shun bright and bold in its distinctive design and shape. The older cars as a matter of fact has been built with more vroom than some of the futuristic designs we have today, all built in the hope of keeping in line with ‘economic’ compensations. The Oldsmobile speaks everything that defines the classic look and feel of what a vintage as we know it today supposed to be. Jeez the 50’s has been a lonnnnng few decades from today, and so can you imagine what makes this ride one of the rarest. A 250 horsepower V8 rocket engine has been what this collectable has been born with, yet never fully had the chance to tear the streets apart seeing as though only 4 has ever gotten the chance to stroll out the factory in style. We’re banking on the price value now at $3.5 Million to own 1 of the 4 that were created.
3. Ferrari 250 GT Spyder Convertible
Belle Italia (Beautiful Italy) and this country sure has plenty things to boast other than its exotic women, the sceneries, the countrymen and their class and unconventional style, the food and the everlasting romance. OH, I have forgot to mention the rich heritage of their magnificently crafted cars which had represented the finest of quality throughout the history of producing them. Ferrari’s can be found regularly on the streets of Italy, as well as all over the globe and you’ve got to pay a steep amount of Millions for it too but not this one specific model ; no you won’t see this one driving around like a regular on the streets. Ferrari 250 GT Spider Convertible has manufactured only ONE of its kind as in only one of its specific model been made while the rest after that, to continue its legacy were all Coupes. The only one ever made has been sold to car collector, Bob Lee, who still owns the Ferrari 250 GT Spider Convertible today also. We’re looking at a price of $10 Million to make this sale and have the only one ever made as yours. Unless you’re a Bill Gates or a Trump, good luck on completing your Italian stallion collection.
2. 1921 Helica De Leyat
This aint a car! Technically speaking it's built of biscuit shaped ‘rims'(not sure if I could even call it that, okay then (WHEELS), somewhat bicycle threaded tires around it. The horn is actually a horn which is visible from the outside, sort of like a trumpet looking thingy. The back looks like it supposed to actually be the front, sort of the opposite on the Helica De Leyat seeing that the pointy side of the body faces the back. Oh and the front! (Well the front has a large circle with a fan; the kind that looks like those types of boats which can also drive on land (hovercrafts). The fact is, being manufactured in the 1920's, Very early 20's, and this is definitely one of the oldest and rarest cars in the world. Only 30 were made. Being manufactured by a French Automobile company, it has been dubbed as the “plane without wings” seeing that the large rotor blade in front made it appear so as well as a passenger who sat behind the driver like in the planes of those days were. The giant propeller which could be visible at the forefront was the ‘engine’ of this uniquely designed vehicle.
1. Rolls-Royce 15 HP
The Rolls-Royce 15 HP is certainly the most rarest car in the world seeing that it was Thee first car, model to have been produced by Charles Rolls and Hendry Royce and which obviously have been the launcher of the success of the brand at which they are proud to have today. Started off in 1904 ,the very beginning of the 20th Century of where motorcars where the one of the biggest inventions ever made since the 1800’s and so can you imagine even this in that era and how exciting the production of this vehicle would have been? A total of 6 Rolls-Royce 15 HP’s were made and only ONE is still known of existence. The name of the car, suggested its horse power being 15 which is modest and sort of funny to us now, but obviously considered a “powerhouse” of its day. Although, in its design it might have appeared to be a ‘beast’ of a car in its day, this was actually a regular on the streets. The lone remaining Rolls-Royce 15 HP can be seen touring the world in Car shows and automotive shows around the globe and is estimated by insurance companies to be within the value of around $35 Million.