The rarest cars in the world
The sleek, supercharged Icona Vulcano is a truly one-of-a-kind sports car. Made entirely out of titanium, just one will be made worldwide for a very lucky – and rich – buyer. Boasting a 6.2-litre V-8 engine and a top speed of 220mph, the mastermind of this hand-made speedster is Claudio Lombardi, former powertrain technical director of Ferrari, and Mario Cavagnero, the man behind Lancia Racing.
In honor of this most exclusive of vehicles, we’ve taken a look at some of the rarest cars in the world, and assessed just what it is that gives them their va va voom:
- Zenvo ST1
- Dodge Coronet Convertible
- Aston Martin Bulldog
- Porsche 959
Hans Christian Andersen fairytales. Bacon. Lord Bendtner. There are many things Denmark is famous for, but supercars aren’t generally one of them. This all changed back in 2009, however, with the launch of the Zenvo ST1 hypercar. Built on the Danish island of Zealand, the ST1 boasts a turbocharged and supercharged 6.8-litre V8 engine that generates 1,104 hp at 6,900 rpm. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds, hitting an eventual top speed of 233mph.
Designed by Christian Brandt and Jesper Hermann, the ST1 features sat-nav, keyless entry, telescopic steering wheel adjustment and leather racing seats passengers can control electronically. Just 15 cars were built, and sold for around £670,000 each.
Dodge Coronet Convertible
It may not be the prettiest or most innovative car, but the convertible Dodge Coronet makes it onto this list due to the fact so few were built. Originally manufactured in 1967 and again in 1970, just two cars were produced in each model year.
The fact that there are only four of these muscle cars in existence on the entire planet means that collectors are often willing to shell out the big bucks whenever it goes to auction. The Dodge Coronet Convertible is currently valued at a cool $250,000.
Aston Martin Bulldog
With more than a passing resemblance to the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 that featured in the Back to the Future trilogy, the Aston Martin Bulldog even has the same gullwing doors as Doc Brown’s iconic vehicle. Unlike that DeLorean, the Bulldog won’t send you on a time-traveling odyssey when it hits 88mph, though.
Back in 1979 there were plans for a limited run of 25 cars to test the market and see how well they sold, but in the end just one Bulldog was made. Oddly, despite being produced in England, this was a left-hand drive. Aston Martin auctioned it off in 1980 for $130,000 to an American collector and it resurfaced for sale in 2011 – when it was purchased for $1.3 million by a UK buyer.
Pretty much every Porsche model lives in the long shadow cast by the iconic 911, which was first produced in 1963 and is still going strong to this day. The Porsche 959 was manufactured from 1986 to 1989, initially as a Group B rally car and later as a legal production car, and was hailed as the most technologically advanced road-going sports car ever built. It’s now considered a forerunner to modern day supercars.
The twin-turbocharged 959 has a top speed of 195mph, and was one of the first high-performance vehicles with all-wheel drive. Now aged 30 and with just 337 cars built, the 959 is yours for around $1.5 million at auction.