24 Of The Rarest American Sports Cars You’ll Never See In Real Life | Dealer Mobil Toyota

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There’s surely nary shortage of American capacity cars, and we’re not conscionable talking astir models from Detroit’s Big Three, either. Smaller and much obscure carmakers person existed successful nan States since nan dawn of nan automotive industry, and immoderate of them person built fantabulous sports cars.

Some models connected this database are axenic automotive greatness, others are weird, aliases downright bad. While we person avoided musculus and pony cars, we person included a operation of caller sports cars, concepts, and discontinued models. One point they each person successful communal is that you’re not apt to spot them retired connected nan road. 

N2A Motors Anteros

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Anteros Coachworks is simply a California-based sports carmaker. Actually, they don’t build cars from nan crushed up; it’s much of a modern return connected nan aged creation of coachbuilding.

The Anteros sports car is built connected a C6 Corvette chassis but features a afloat c fibre body. It surely doesn’t look for illustration a Corvette, arsenic nan styling is heavy influenced by classical Ferraris.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL-1

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Chevrolet churned retired galore astonishing Corvettes during nan 1960s. The 1963 Sting Ray, pinch its divided window, is 1 of nan most sought-after sports cars ever.

The ’63 Corvette whitethorn beryllium rare, but it’s overmuch much communal than nan 1969 ZL1 version, arsenic Chevy only made two. It was nan top-spec ‘Vette and wasn’t inexpensive erstwhile it was new, truthful prices are conscionable plain silly these days.

Sector111 Drakan Spyder

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Sector111 is different California-based company, and everyone was taken by astonishment erstwhile it launched nan Drakan Spyder successful 2016. They only built 10 cars utilizing a look akin to nan Ariel Atom and BAC Mono, arsenic it’s a lightweight, track-focused, open-top sports car.

The Drakan Spyder became celebrated aft it appeared connected Jay Leno’s Garage. It’s powered by an LS3 V8 motor and tin scope 60 mph successful conscionable 3.2 seconds.

1966 Shelby Cobra Super Snake

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super SnakeImage Credit: Barrett Jackson.

Carroll Shelby built 2 very typical Cobras successful 1966. He kept one, and nan different was for Bill Cosby. It frightened Cosby truthful overmuch that he returned his car to Shelby, and it was later sold and crashed.

Shelby’s car was a hardly road-legal type of nan Cobra title car, fitted pinch copy Paxton superchargers. The only Cobra Super Snake successful beingness is worthy millions, truthful it’s not thing nan proprietor will really drive. Fortunately, plentifulness of Shelby Cobra replicas are retired location for america to drool over.

Shelby Series 1

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Decades aft nan Shelby Cobra, Carroll Shelby was still into accelerated roadsters, truthful successful 1998, his company, Shelby American, built an all-American supercar. It followed nan aforesaid look arsenic nan Cobra from nan 1960s and became known arsenic nan Shelby Series 1.

The new, open-top sports car had a 4.0-liter V8 motor that churned retired 320 thoroughbred stallions. It could scope 60 mph successful 4.4 seconds and had a apical velocity of 170 mph. Shelby planned to build 500 cars, but accumulation ended astatine 249.

Equus Throwback

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Equus became celebrated erstwhile it brought retired nan Bass 770, combining immoderate of nan champion classical musculus cars successful 1 retro-styled package. That’s not nan only conveyance Equus has built, though.

The American institution is besides down nan Throwback, a 1,000-horsepower supercar built connected nan C7 Corvette platform. As its sanction suggests, nan Throwback is different Equus creation pinch immoderate hefty retro vibes. Only 25 cars were built, pinch prices starting astatine $130,000 for nan guidelines model.

Hennessey Venom GT

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Hennessey Performance Engineering is possibly champion known for tuning capacity cars to ridiculous levels. However, nan Texas-based tuner has besides built immoderate fantabulous cars of its own, 1 of them being nan limited-production Venom GT.

Based connected nan Lotus Elise/Exige, Hennessey only built 13 Venom GTs. It has a GM LS7 V8 engine, upgraded to nutrient 1,244 horsepower. It’s nary wonderment that nan Hennessey Venom GT went connected to group aggregate charismatic and unofficial velocity records.

Hennessey Venom F5

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While nan Venom GT was loosely based connected nan Lotus Exige, nan Venom F5 was Hennessey’s ain creation, built from nan crushed up. If you thought nan GT was impressive, hole to person your mind blown.

The Hennessey Venom F5 has a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V8 that produces complete 1,800 horsepower and astir 1,200 lb-ft of torque. It’s not arsenic uncommon arsenic its predecessor, either. A full of 90 cars will beryllium made, each costing a cool $2.1 million.

SSC Tuatara

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The SSC Tuatara is an American hypercar and nan successor of nan SSC Ultimate Aero. Its twin-turbocharged 5.9-liter V8 produces betwixt 1,350 and 2,200 horsepower, depending connected nan version.

The Tuatara was built specifically to declare nan title of nan world’s fastest car, but it has yet to break nan 300 mph barrier. The champion effort was 295 mph. We uncertainty immoderate of nan 100 Tuataras will ever beryllium driven that accelerated by their owners.

Falcon F7

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If you’ve heard of nan Falcon F7, congratulations, you tin telephone yourself a due gearhead. The Michigan-based carmaker only built 7 of these, and they were outrageously fast, too.

Falcon Motorsports built nan F7 from c fibre and kevlar, truthful it was some lightweight and strong. It tipped nan scales astatine 2,785 lbs, and acknowledgment to nan 1,100 horsepower twin-turbocharged Lingenfelter V8 engine, it could scope 60 mph successful 2.7 seconds.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88

Oldsmobile F-88 Concept CarImage Credit: Mark Smithgall/Flickr.

The 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 was primitively named XP-20, and it was a futuristic conception built connected nan Corvette’s chassis. Thanks to its flowing curves covered successful golden paint, it stole nan show erstwhile it was displayed astatine nan GM Motorama.

The assemblage was made from fiberglass, and nan F-88 had a Rocket 88 5.3-liter V8 motor nether its hood. The conception car was sold to backstage owners and is now displayed astatine nan Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum.

Saleen S7

Saleen S7 Twin TurboImage Credit: Wiki Commons

Saleen sewage its commencement successful nan automotive manufacture by tuning capacity cars (primarily Mustangs) and manufacturing high-performance parts. From there, nan institution yet built its ain supercar—the S7.

Only 100 S7s were built betwixt 1999 and 2009, each pinch a 7.0-liter V8 engine. Models built aft 2005 besides had a brace of turbochargers, expanding powerfulness from 550 to 750 horsepower.

Saleen S1

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While Saleen has suffered from financial troubles, nan institution still introduced a caller sports car astatine nan 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. The scheme was to build 1,500 units of nan S1, but that didn’t happen.

A mates of months ago, nan only functional road-going prototype went up for sale. Saleen besides built different 3 rolling chassis accumulation cars and 20 racecars.

Lucra LC470

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American entrepreneur Luke Richards is nan man down nan awesome Lucra LC470. Its creation combines Euro-inspired retro styling pinch blue-collar American capacity successful nan shape of a V8 engine.

Buyers of nan hand-built Lucra LC470 could take betwixt a 6.3-liter LS3 pinch 430 horsepower aliases a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 pinch 505 horses. It’s estimated that Lucra only built 63 LC470s.

1954 Packard Panther Roadster

1954 Packard Panther-Daytona RoadsterImage Credit: Wiki Commons

The 1954 Packard Panther was a two-seater conception sports car built connected nan Cavalier’s alloy chassis pinch a fiberglass body. Its motor was a 327 L-head straight-eight portion fitted pinch a supercharger to nutrient 275 horsepower.

While it was ne'er a accumulation car, Packard built 4 units that are now successful backstage hands.

Mosler Consulier GTP

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The Mosler Consulier GTP wasn’t a good-looking sports car, nor was it peculiarly powerful, but it was fast. In fact, it was truthful accelerated that IMSA yet banned it for being excessively ascendant connected nan racetrack.

The Consulier GTP’s concealed was its debased weight of conscionable complete 2,000 lbs. It didn’t matter that it was accelerated and had nan imaginable to triumph each race; Mosler only sold 83 cars from 1985 to 1996.

Panoz Avezzano

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Panoz is champion known for its racing efforts, but nan Avezzano is simply a road-going sports car. It doesn’t person nan fierce styling of nan Panoz Esperante. Instead, it looks calm and collected, only to present a swift footwear to nan caput erstwhile nan driver floors nan throttle.

Thanks to its 430-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, nan Panoz Avezzano is not to beryllium messed with. If that’s not enough, there’s an moreover much powerful type pinch 580 horses.

Bocar XP-5

Bocar XP-5Image Credit: Wiki Commons

Bocar was an American sports car shaper that built immoderate fantabulous models betwixt 1957 and 1961. The XP-5 was its astir celebrated car, and its glass-reinforced polyester assemblage covered a space-frame chassis.

It looks much for illustration a European car from nan 50s and 60s, and it uses immoderate parts from vehicles made connected nan aged continent. However, its motor was arsenic American arsenic pome pie, coming consecutive retired of nan Chevy Corvette. A occurrence destroyed Bocar’s HQ successful 1962, but it’s estimated that 18 XP-5s still beryllium today.

Rezvani Beast

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Rezvani became celebrated erstwhile it unveiled nan military-inspired, zombie apocalypse-worthy Tank SUV. As it turns out, that’s not nan only conveyance this American institution has built.

The Rezvani Beast is simply a sleek supercar pinch crisp lines and edges, not to mention a monster of an engine. The guidelines exemplary has 400 horsepower and accelerates to 60 mph successful 3.5 seconds, but that’s thing compared to nan Blackbird trim. With 700 chaotic horses, it reaches 60 mph successful conscionable 2.9 seconds.

Rossion Q1

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Rossion closed its doors successful 2021, but nan institution built nan fantabulous Q1 sports car earlier that happened. The Q1 is based connected nan British Noble M400, but Rossion decided to make it amended and much luxurious.

The Rossion Q1 has a twin-turbocharged Ford V6 motor mounted down nan driver. Thanks to its 508 horsepower and 521 lb-ft of torque, 0 to 60 mph only takes 2.8 seconds. Estimates opportunity Rossion only built 89 cars earlier nan institution unopen down.

Vanderhall Venice

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The Vanderhall Venice three-wheeler arrived successful 2010. Cars pinch 3 wheels thin to person immoderate handling issues, but Vanderhall did it correctly and put nan azygous instrumentality astatine nan back.

Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder motor produces 200 horsepower, giving it a 0-60 clip of astir 4.5 seconds. While it’s not a constricted accumulation exemplary for illustration others here, and it moreover has an appealing value tag, don’t expect to spot them very often. We kinda for illustration that it’s imaginable to beryllium unsocial connected a budget, though.

Vector W8

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Vector was founded successful 1989, and nan W8 supercar initially showed overmuch promise. It had a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V8 motor pinch a claimed powerfulness output of 625 horsepower and a apical velocity of 242 mph.

However, it was soon evident that nan angular supercar suffered from immoderate mechanical problems, and its highly precocious value tag surely didn’t thief pinch sales. In nan end, only 17 cars recovered a caller home.

VLF Force 1

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Most gearheads person ne'er heard of VLF Automotive. If you haven’t, you whitethorn beryllium amazed to study that immoderate large names from nan automotive manufacture were involved. Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villareal founded nan company, and Henrik Fisker later joined them arsenic nan lead designer.

The VLF Force 1 utilized nan Dodge Viper’s chassis and engine, but nan 8.4-liter V10 portion produces 745 horsepower, 105 much than successful nan Viper. The scheme was to build 50 cars, but accumulation ended aft VLF had built conscionable 5 units.

Youabian Puma

Youabian PumaImage Credit: Youabian

We’re not wholly judge really to picture nan Youabian Puma. It’s half off-roader, half convertible sports car, pinch an interior from a Volvo and an LS7 V8 motor that sends 505 horses to nan rear wheels, unless you want nan AWD version.

Weighing 3.5 tonnes, nan Youabian Puma was monolithic and looked for illustration they designed it utilizing melted cheese. Youabian only made a fewer Pumas, which is understandable, considering it had an asking value of astir $1 million.