We are well versed when it comes to transporting your precious, automobile cargo. After all, you’ve invested in a beautiful piece of machinery and you want to show it off wherever you are in the world.
If you asked us to transport a rare, one-of-a-kind speed machine, we’d be proud as punch to provide the service. So we thought we would have a nosy, and see what cars are actually the rarest in the world. That’s rarest in terms of the number of cars produced and still ‘on the road’; although we don’t expect the price tag to be in the family SUV range either.
Dubbed as the world’s most expensive SUV, this Diamond Edition Dartz Prombron has a respectable price tag of £1million according to a 2009 Daily Mail article. This Red Diamond edition is all about the glamour with gold-plated windows, speed gauges encrusted in diamonds and three of the world’s most expensive bottles of vodka included. We bet this had Kanye’s name written all over it before KK and the three kids came along!
The outlandish trimmings do not end there. Yes, the seats were supposed to be made from Whale Penis (apparently the softest leather around). That was stopped after much protest.
Like all Dartz SUVs, it is bulletproof with the manufacturer claiming that this version is, in fact, rocket grenade proof. It also weighs in at 4 tonnes, but with a V8 engine, it could speed away from any precarious situation (machine gun fire possibly) pretty rapidly.
The Diamond Edition Dartz Prombron was made for Top Marques luxury motor show in 2010 so it is unknown if this was ever bought, or remains a part of the in-house collection, not that you would ever find out!
The Latvian based car producer is renowned for making ridiculously expensive SUVs and armoured cars for the privileged few.
The founder, Leo Yankelovich, turns outlandish ideas into reality, as most of the cars are made to order and cost nothing less than £500,000. Leo has even produced a ‘ladies’ car. It is described on the official website as a three-door
“to avoid kidnapping, hijacking and other problems that meet a rich and lonely lady on the streets.”
Top Gear went to interview him in 2016, and this is how the interview went;
“This is the problem with conducting serious industry interviews over several bottles of industrial-strength spirit. You just can’t have a serious discussion about which poor, exotic beast should die so that a filthy-rich oligarch can have a nicely textured dashboard.”
So if you’re looking for a rare, one-of-a-kind and bulletproof SUV, Dartz is your go-to maker.
Maybach, which is a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz, created a one-off Exelero for the Tempodrom event in Berlin back in 2005. It had been housed within the headquarters for a number of years until rapper and bling extraordinaire, Birdman, decided that this was the vehicle for him.
Birdman bought the car for $8million in 2011 however, with an estimated net worth of over $100million this purchase was simply a pocket money buy.
The two-seater ‘land yacht’ is based on a Maybach 57 limo. It weighs in at a massive 2.6 tonne, however it can reach 60mph in an amazing 4.4 seconds, so the Exelero certainly packs a punch. It breaks any politically correct rules on car making, and you would certainly struggle to pop into town with it.
It is a true one-of-a-kind; hence the price tag, and we personally think that it looks awesome, (if you’ve set your sights on becoming a super villain in a Marvel film, that is).
In September 2017, a fully-functioning Mazda RX-7 Group B rally car was sent to RM Sotheby’s for auction. It was described as an original and unused works car – one of only seven assembled.
Therefore, this car is not only rare in number produced but also quite possibly
“the only unused Works Group B rally car in the world”
according to the auction catalogue. It was never used after the sudden demise of Group B rally driving in 1987.
As you can clearly see from its design, this Mazda Group B rally car was built in 1985. We have to say that it is the epitome of 80’s style.
The Mazda RX-7 differed from other cars in the Group B rally car category, as it was rear-wheel drive, instead of all-wheel drive. It also slipped under the one-tonne barrier, which was the main goal in the car’s design. Sadly, it never got to show its potential.
The last owner was a British Mazda enthusiast, who allowed for some ‘light-touch’ restoration’ to bring it back to its exact former glory. The owner permitted Mazda UK to house it at their head office for the summer and is yet to be sold for its guide price of £170,000 – £190,000.
American convertible muscle cars, like the Hemi, are so valuable as only a few were ever made. The 1971 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi Cuda Convertible is, therefore, a true American car rarity. It is the most expensive Chrysler product ever sold at auction and apparently “the holy grail of muscle cars according to Auto Blog.
In 2014, the True-Blue Hemi fetched a whopping $3.5million at auction. That was in minutes of the bid opening too. Why? It is just one of only 11 made in that year. Only seven of these stayed in the United States. It is also one of two with a manual transmission. The other had its engine replaced, making it a million dollars cheaper in comparison. Finally, this Hemi Cuda was the only version to have a white top and bespoke bumpers. According to Quarto Knows blog, this Hemi appears in the book Wide-Open Muscle: The Rarest Muscle Car Convertibles.
It is a stunning example of the American muscle car. Big, loud, mega powerful and rare, the 1960’s and 1970’s focused on brute and masculinity. The Hemi Cuda clearly ticked all the boxes when it went to auction.
Any car post-war has all the hallmarks of class and refinery. The 1948-1950 Aston Martin 2-liter Sports DB1 is a perfect example. The drop-head coupe, with its folding roof and a sloping rear were classy, sporty and powerful.
The smoothly curved body was designed by Frank Freeley and made all pre-war Astons look old-fashioned by comparison. According to Supercars.net, it was dubbed the ‘Two Litre Sports’ at the 1948 London Motor Show. It was clear from the outset that Aston was proud of its new look DB1 and paved the way for the company’s future. The signature three-part grill, which first featured on the DB1 has inspired shapes of every car that has followed.
It is believed that only 13 DB1’s were produced before it was replaced with the DB2, as David Brown wished to see 6 cylinder engines in all future Aston Martins.
However, an Aston Martin DBR1 was also commissioned and it is claimed that this car is “the most important Aston Martin ever produced”, according to RM Sotheby’s who auctioned it with a guide price of £15.4 million in 2017.
It was made to win, and it did at high profile races, such as Le Mans and Nurburgring 1000.
“With a lightweight spaceframe chassis paired with a 300bhp, 3.0-litre inline six, five-speed transaxle, and Girling disc brakes, it was one of the most advanced cars on the grid.”
Thanks for that factoid Top Gear.”
This is a super duper supercar, or as Koenigsegg like to call it, ‘the world’s first mega car’.
The name One:1 is thanks to the exact science used to produce it:
“an expression of its perfectly balanced power-to-weight ratio of one metric horsepower to one kilogram of mass”
This one to one ratio has never been achieved before.
Koenigsegg hints that One:1 can go from 0-250mph in 20 seconds. That is thanks to the 5.0-litre V8 engine, which produces a megawatt of energy. But power is nothing without the highest tech science and materials, and this rare car has an abundance of them.
GPS sensors that adjust the car when corning (from memorizing the track), VDU instruments that reach heights most cars cannot and an aerodynamic package that delivers a powerful downforce married with hollow carbon-fibre wheels and titanium parts makes this car soar across the tarmac. It even manages normal roads well.
Only seven were made, and seven pretty savvy supercar enthusiasts snapped them up quickly. It was a once in a lifetime move which cost them a respectable £4.1million.
The original and stunning Jaguar XKSS launched over 60 years ago, however, the steadfast British carmaker decided to re-produce another nine back in November 2016. Jaguar Classic launched the ‘new original’ in Los Angeles. Only NINE were made and handed over to customers across the world in 2017.
These cars replicate the 1957 specification exactly. Only 16 of these were originally built, and nine, which were supposed to be exported to North America, was sadly lost in a fire at the UK factory.
Jaguar Classic decided to produce the ‘missing’ nine that were lost, especially for a select group of esteemed collectors and customers. And they’d have to be esteemed customers with extremely deep pockets, as the new XKSS costs over £1million. This is not at all surprising, as 10,000 man hours were spent on each car to meet the exact same specification as the 1957 original.
This is still significantly cheaper than how much you would need to own one of the originals like Steve McQueen. Oh yes, they would set you back £10million at the cheapest.
The concept version launched in 2016 and was finished in a classic Sherwood Green. The video guarantees to stir the soul. Watch it here.
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