5 ultra-rare cars you've probably never laid your eyes on
Exclusivity is something that's unbelievably cool - and these cars have that in abundance.
There reaches a point with cars when they stop just being a mode of transport and they start becoming art. And much like the most beautiful pieces of art, rarity is a trait which quantifies just how special they are.
Manufacturers releasing special editions, homologation variants or simply limiting the production count for certain models isn't an unfamiliar thing in the world of motoring - they do it to keep them exclusive and to give you some properly fan-girl moments if you do ever catch a glimpse of them. These cars are usually the ones that end up on your wall, regardless of whether you're still a teenager or if you've slowly developed into a man-child.
If you're lucky, very lucky, you may see some of these cars one day - but the chances are you never will. Whilst compiling this list, I found a few cars that I didn't even know existed, simply because they've been suppressed to such small production numbers and as a result, are probably locked up in some rich folk's pent-house. It's a shame, that, but it's the reality of it.
Here's a list of five of the rarest cars I've managed to find - I've intentionally left out obvious examples, like the Ferrari 250 GT0 or the McLaren F1 LM, in a bid to keep this list as unexpected and as educational as possible.
The Maybach Exelero
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The Exelero just oozes insanity. It's a one-off, high-performance car created by Maybach - a brand that's always been associated with their high-end, S-class-Esque luxury cruisers. In that respect, the Exelero is a true deviation from the norm for Maybach.
Unveiled in 2005, it houses a 690bhp twin-turbo V12 engine that would catapult the car to a claimed top speed of 218mph. It was previously said that the well known American rapper/producer Birdman purchased the Exelero for $8 million back in 2011, though, this has since been denied.
The car has featured in a range of high profile videos, such as Jay-Z's music video for his song titled ''Lost One'', as well as Supercar Blondie's YouTube channel. It's not known exactly who owns the car or even where it is - and that's why you'll probably never see it.
The Icona Vulcano Titanium
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To my eyes, the front-end looks like a mix of both the Ferrari F12 and the Lexus LFA - particularly the headlights. However, the Vulcano is much, much crazier than both of those cars. Whilst seeing an F12 is likely in a sparkling metropolitan city with glamour, such as London or Paris, seeing a Vulcano is probably never going to happen.
It's made entirely of titanium and its designers supposedly drew inspiration from the magnificent Blackbird SR-71 spy plane. Perhaps that's why it took a simply ridiculous 10,000 hours to craft its body. If my calculations are right, that amounts to 417 days - I cannot even begin to comprehend how a manufacturer can spend that much time and so many resources on a SINGULAR car.
The statistics aren't as mind-boggling, but they're still pretty formidable: the Vulcano churns out 661bhp from its supercharged 6.2-litre V8 from Corvette - which hauls the car from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and on to a *claimed* top speed of over 220 mph. The Vulcano is a true titanium unicorn and seeing as it is a complete one-off, you'll probably never see it in real life.
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail
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As if an ordinary Rolls-Royce isn't show-offy enough, this one-off car just screams ''kiss my ring''. Upon its release in May of 2017, it was the most expensive new car in the world - costing an eye-watering $12.8 million.
The Sweptail is completely hand-built because its designers wanted it to be inspired by coach-building from the early 20th century. It was created at the request of a multi-millionaire who has a liking for super-yachts and planes. He had an intriguing idea in mind and shared it with Rolls-Royce - the company he felt would best be able to humour his wild idea. They didn't just humour it, however, they built it.
Beneath it's carefully carved bonnet, lays a very yacht-like 6.75-litre V12 engine. The car also houses a centre console that has a bottle of champagne that is specifically made for the owner. Two crystal flutes, worth god knows how much, sit beside the bottle. Rolls-Royce is the ultimate brand when it comes to luxury, and this one-off Sweptail sits right at the top of their list of opulent cruisers.
The Lykan Hypersport
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I mean, just look at it - it looks like it's ready to bite your head off if you egg it on anymore. The Lykan Hypersport is almost certainly an undercover Decepticon - perhaps even the latest reincarnation of Megatron? Whilst we can sit and ponder about that one, here's a few things that are certain:
The Hypersport is the brainchild of W Motors - an Arab company who created it alongside a group of Lebanese and Italian engineers. It is also the first car to be designed and produced by the Middle East. They were always going to produce fireworks with their maiden car.
The car's headlights were fitted with jewels - 440 diamonds to be exact, but buyers could also choose to have rubies, sapphires and emeralds slotted in. It also has gold stitching on its Alcantara seats. The Lykan Hypersport is a head-turner alright. It's 3.7-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine produces 780bhp and, depending on the gear set up, thrusts it towards a limited top speed of 245mph.
All of this means that, when it did go on sale, they sold for over three million dollars apiece. Only seven were ever made and many people will remember it for being the car that Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Connor famously jumped across a couple of skyscrapers in Fast and the Furious 7. Though, that stunt is probably more realistic than the chances of you ever getting to see one in the flesh.
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
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This car is the main reason I decided to leave the 250 GTO out - it doesn't get as much attention as the prancing horse when I believe it absolutely should. It certainly strikes a claim for being the most jaw-dropping car ever created. Regardless of whichever angle you look at it, the 33 Stradale is just faultless.
Whilst the 250 GTO had a total production number of 39, the Stradale was limited to just 18. That was all the way back in 1967, so it's pretty difficult to say for sure just how many are left in the world now. In 2015, Alfa Romeo's head of North America valued humanities last known 33 Stradale's at well north of $10 million.
With a car like this, statistics and performance figures are completely irrelevant. This car is exactly what I was talking about at the start of this article when I said that there comes a point when cars become art - the 33 Stradale epitomises this. You can see the Mona Lisa whenever you want, all you need to do is go to the Louvre museum in Paris. The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, though, is in a branch of exclusivity where very few players are allowed - and that's why it's so damn special.
I hope you enjoyed this list - let me know of your thoughts down below!
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