Unique, obscure, and very–very–expensive. We’re counting down some of the rarest cars to ever grace pavement. Check out Part 1 and buckle up because we’re comin’ at ya with Part 2.
Lamborghini Veneno – Only “3” Produced
If you want exclusivity, Lamborghini is standing ready to deliver. To celebrate 50 years of producing legendary vehicles and raising eyebrows, Lamborghini introduced the Veneno to the world. Named after “one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever,” said the automaker, this supercar comes ready to party. According to Car and Driver, the Veneno sports an “incredible L539 6.5-liter V-12 engine, upgraded to produce 740-hp. Top speed rises to a lofty 221 mph, four more than the Aventador LP700-4, and—not coincidentally, we think—the McLaren P1.”
TheDrive noted five models were technically produced, but only three were sold. One was for testing and another is a show car that the automaker gifted to itself for the birthday celebrations. Each of the three models sold were painted one color of the Italian flag—white, red, and green. And as of last year, one of the three lucky owners was looking to sell his coupe for a cool $9.5 million. That’s an appreciation of roughly $5 million in four years!
Koenigsegg One:1 – Only 6 Produced
Here we find another supercar with only a handful in existence. And while this Swedish beast may come from a laid back part of the world, we assure you—it’s anything but. The name One:1 is an exact reference to how berserk this thing really is. With 1341-hp and curb weight of 1360 kg, this vehicle has a power to weight ratio of 1:1. According to the automaker, “This is the ‘dream’ equation, previously thought impossible when it comes to fully road legal and usable sports cars. The One:1 is the first homologated production car in the world with one Megawatt of power, thereby making it the world´s first series produced Megacar.”
::Whistles:: Frankly, that’s just badass. And with only six built, apart from the one at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show where it debuted, it’s as rare as it is powerful.
Lykan HyperSport – Only 7 Produced
If you’ve seen Furious 7, you’re not surprised to see this on a list of the rarest cars. As the first Saudi Arabian supercar ever produced, you’d have thought W Motors would have released more than seven of these animals from the cage. But when exclusivity is the name of the game, Rule #1 is to keep it limited.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.7 L flat-six engine churning out 750-hp, W Motors says the car goes from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a whiplash-inducing 2.7 seconds and reaches top speeds of 245 mph. If that’s not enough to get your motor runnin’, maybe the DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED HEADLIGHTS will. No? What about the Trekkie-style holographic mid-air display system that controls the car’s interface? Well, maybe the $200,000 custom Cyrus Klepcys wristwatch gift-at-purchase will do the trick.
Porsche 916 – Only 11 Produced
The Porsche insignia is no rare sight. In fact, you might even have a neighbor who drives one to his great desk job every day with his cool shades and popped collar. If you are that neighbor, well, good for you. Though, we doubt you’re driving a 916—in fact, we know you’re not. The 916 was a short-lived dream by legendary automaker Porsche and, in its time, only 11 prototypes were built with only one of them making its way to the states.
Unveiled at the 1971 Paris Auto Salon, the 916 was intended as a competitor for the Ferrari 246 Dino. Essentially a modified and upgraded Porsche 914, the model sported a 2.4 L engine (from the 911S) generating 190-hp and 159 lb ft of torque. Priced around $14,000, it would have been the most expensive Porsche at that time. A little hiccup that customers just couldn’t get down with, hence the stop in production. The lone American import is owned by George Hussey, the owner of Automobile Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia, a parts and services store serving Porsche customers for 40 years.
Rolls-Royce 15HP – Only 6 produced, Only 1 left
The Rolls-Royce was destined to make it to the list before it even hit the production line. When this car was first produced in 1905, the company only intended to make four versions—a 10hp, 15hp, 20hp, and 30hp. Only six models of the 15hp were produced, with only one known to survive today. This might actually take the cake of rarest cars, for the simple fact that it’s over 100 years old, will never be reproduced, and you’ll never find any aftermarket parts for it.
Housing a three-cylinder 3000 cc engine, three-speed gearbox, and a high-tension ignition system, the 15hp had a top speed of 39 mph and cranked—you guessed it—15 horsepower, retailing for £500. There’s a sort of sadness in the air when you see pictures of this granddaddy luxury car. But if the 15hp could tell stories of the world it’s seen, well, we’d all learn a thing or two that’s for sure.