The automobile industry is one of the biggest industries in the entire world and has grown huge since its conception in the early 20th century. From the very beginning, cars have been at the center of society and have infiltrated nearly every square meter of the earth. Therefore, it is no surprise to see a number of people collecting four-wheeled machines over the years, with car collecting a common hobby among all kinds of people all over the world.
That's right, antique car collecting and restoration has become extremely popular as of late, with shops opening up all over the globe specializing in customization and modification, as well as restoration. In fact, the collection of rare automobiles has attracted the likes of big-name celebrities, with Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, and Floyd Mayweather famous car collectors.
So what's the big deal? Well, apart from the attention that one gets when driving around in an antique automobile or rare supercar, car collectors also love nostalgia. Think about it. Some of these cars can bring people back to their childhood, or at least to a time when things seemed a lot easier and simpler than today. However, apart from the nostalgia, most of these collectors see their collections as a good investment and something that will be worth a few dollars in the future.
So, do you fancy getting involved? You might be in luck. Here are 20 rare cars that aren't as hard to find as people think.
20 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne L72
The 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne L72 is thought to be one of the rarest Chevrolets in the world, as well as the nicest. However, in its lifetime there were 183 examples produced throughout its short production, which is actually quite a large number. Sadly, just 11 are thought to exist today, but that's still more than ten. Furthermore, the cars are quite easy to get hold of, and can often be found at car auctions and antique dealerships. Overall, the car is a firm favorite among car enthusiasts and is considered to be a rare classic, even though it's not that rare.
19 1969-1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible
The Plymouth Road Runner was a mid-size car released between 1968 and 1980 and was also one of the coolest cars of the time. The car was noted for moving away from the original muscle car setup of the early-60s and moving towards faster performance that was complemented with an increase in price. The first generation was released between 1968 and 1970 and is now considered to be the hardest to find, especially the convertible model. However, although it might have been rare, there were still over 300 of the original convertible models built and they can still be found today.
18 1954 Packard Panther-Daytona Roadster
The Packard Panther was first built in 1954 as a show car and wowed audiences worldwide. The car was intended to show the world some of the more radical and strange ideas that had been brewing in the Packard garage over the preceding few years. The car was set to be released in the late-50s although it never really took off. That's right, sadly, Packard never seriously considered putting the automobile into actual production and sidelined the project indefinitely. Overall, a total of four Packard Panther's were built, which is still four more than none.
17 1968-1971 Ford Torino GT Convertible
The Ford Torino was a car produced by Ford for the North American market between 1968 and 1976 and sold well throughout its time. The car spanned a number of generations, such as the firm-favorite GT Convertible. The Ford Torino GT Convertible is one of the flashiest cars in the world and is considered to be a classic. Sadly, just 1,613 Torino GT Convertibles were produced in 1971, but that doesn't make it rare. Yes, the car can still be found in antique dealerships across the world and often turns up at auction. Furthermore, the car is in a number of collections all over the world and can be found just about anywhere.
16 1996 Ferrari F50 GT
The Ferrari F50 GT, otherwise known as the Ferrari F50 GT1, was a racing car intended to compete against the big boys at the time, including the McLaren F1 GTR and the Porsche 911 GT1. Sadly, the car didn't live up to expectations and was shelved due to lack of funding. Overall, just six cars were designed with just three finished and built. However, although this might sound rare, it actually isn't, with the cars still in extremely good condition and safely tucked away from the world. Well, from less wealthy people, anyway.
15 1987 Buick GNX
The Buick GNX was a limited edition produced in 1987 in collaboration with McLaren. The Buick company created just 547 GN examples that were then sent off to McLaren and upgraded into the classy and desirable Buick GNX. The vehicle was known for its speed and measured faster than both the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 930. However, it was the appearance of the car that generated the most talk, with its all-black paintwork and helmet grill likened to that of Darth Vader from the then extremely popular Star Wars franchise. These days, the cars can be found all over the world, either in car dealerships or antique and classic collections.
14 2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium
In 2013, the Icona Vulcano concept car was first revealed at the Shangai Auto Show in China. The car was branded as an Italian-penned Chinese supercar that would eventually take the world by storm. Sadly, the car didn't really take off and retreated back into the factory for further testing. However, in 2016 the Icona Vulcano was back, and this time it was made completely of titanium. Yes, the supercar was reported to be just one of a kind, and stated as "unrepeatable", but nothing is impossible, right? Overall, the car costs a whopping 2.5 million Euros (approximately $2.78 million) and is available only to those who can afford it.
13 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine”
The AMC Rebel, otherwise known as the Rambler Rebel, was a mid-sized car produced by American Motors Corporation (AMC) between 1967 and 1970. The Rebel was extremely successful and spawned a number of generations and limited editions throughout its small run. The most interesting was The Machine, which was known for its flamboyant and extravagant white, red and blue trim. In 1970, around 2,326 models were created and sold, leaving a number of Machines still available today. Interestingly, the car is often considered to be one of the greatest cars of all time and is applauded by car critics all over the world.
12 1972 Buick Skylark GS Convertible
The Buick Skylark was first released in 1953 and ran for a whopping 46 years. Over the years, the car spawned a mighty six generations and adapted well to changing technology and new innovations. In 1972, Buick put together the Skylark GS Convertible which was received extremely well. Sadly, despite being popular, Buick made very few GS convertibles, only 126 of which had the special 455 engine. However, although it might seem like such a small number, the cars are quite easy to find and often pop up in car auctions or antique car show. In fact, most of these bad boys are still in pretty solid condition and have been well and truly taken care of.
11 1975 Bricklin SV-1
The Bricklin SV-1 is a two-seat sports car that was released between 1974 and 1975. Despite its short run, the car is now seen as rather iconic and is most definitely considered as a classic. The car is mostly famed for its gull-wing doors and hidden headlamps. Sadly, the car's demise came in the form of a number of problems such as accusations of nepotism, supplier shortages, and issues with staff. Overall, the company built just under 3,000 of the Bricklin SV-1 examples, with it now said that just 1,700 survive. However, although that might sound low, it actually rather isn't, with the car reportedly easy to find.
10 1982 Amore Cimbria SS
Rare US automobile maker, Amore, was founded in 1974, only to end business in 1990. Their most famous car was the Cimbria, which officially started production in 1976. The car was well received and was marketed as a slick, attractive, expensive-looking vehicle with everything you could ever need. That's right, the car was well-built for its time and garnered a somewhat saucy reputation for its exotic looking body and wheels. The also attracted attention from overseas and was quickly snapped up by enthusiasts car collectors.
9 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider
In 1960, Ferrari revealed their latest project, the 250 GT California Spyder SWB, at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was based on the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB and was fitted with similar features. However, the GT California Spyder is most famous for its appearance in legendary teen flick, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, in which the car featured heavily, and was destroyed by Ferris and his friends. The car has often been praised for its beauty and is considered to be among the most beautiful Ferraris ever made. Yes, the car might be rare but it doesn't make it impossible to buy. In fact, in 2008, British TV and radio presenter Chris Evans bought one for $10.9 million, a record auction sale at the time.
8 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
The Chevrolet Impala has been around since 1958 and is still going strong to this day. The car is a popular vehicle and is one of the best selling automobiles in the entire United States. In 1994, Chevrolet released the Impala SS, which was almost identical with regards to how it looked. However, the car was much faster than its older sibling and included a sport-tuned suspension with reinforced shocks and springs. In 1994, only 6,303 were sold, with 21,434 cars sold in 1995 and 41,941 units sold in 1996. Strangely, the car is often considered to be rare, however, there are a number of vehicles online and available to buy.
7 1969-1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator
The Mercury Cougar is a series of cars sold by Mercury from 1967 to 1997 and then 1999 to 2002. The Cougar spawned a number of different editions and was sold as a convertible, a four-door sedan, a station wagon, and a hatchback throughout its life. In 1969, Mercury released the Eliminator, which sported a blacked-out grille, special side stripes, front and rear spoilers, and an optional Ram Air induction system. It also came in bright colors such as white, bright blue metallic, and orange. Overall, 100,069 units were sold, with just under 90,000 said to be around today. However, that doesn't mean they are hard to find, with the majority of them sitting in farmhouses, barnyards, and abandoned fields.
6 1971 Plymouth Hemi "Cuda Convertible"
It seems old-school muscle cars are the way to go if you want to earn a quick buck, with the classic vehicles from the muscle car era among the most sought-after eras in a car collectors options. But why? Back in the day, a large number of companies restricted the number of cars they would build and this limited several muscle cars to just a small amount, which in turn increased their value. In 1971, Chrysler released just 12 Plymouth 426 Hemi ‘Cuda convertibles, with can still be found today. Yes, the cars are not rare, they are just, annoyingly, already owned.
5 1977 Pontiac Can Am
The Pontiac Can Am is one of the most famous muscle cars to have come out of the 1970s and was originally based on the Pontiac LeMans and the Pontiac Grand Am. In fact, the Can Am was a special edition that was only available in 1977. The number of Can Ams produced in that year has never actually been determined. However, the most common number cited is that of 1,377, which has been agreed upon by most Can Am enthusiasts. The amount made might be a low number, but there are still several Can Ams hanging around and they can easily be found online and ready to sell. So get looking!
4 1957 Jaguar XKSS
The Jaguar XKSS was originally based on the racing car Jaguar D-Type and was first built in 1957. The production lineup was small, with just 25 cars in the pipeline. However, on the evening of February 12th, 1957, a fire broke out at the Browns Lane manufacturing plant, destroying a whopping nine of the twenty-five cars that had already been completed or at least partially completed. Soon after, the surviving vehicles were all sold and production stopped on the classic car. Then, in 2016, Jaguar announced that they would be completing the original 25-car order by rebuilding the 9 cars that had been destroyed in the fire.
3 1969 Cadillac DeVille Wagon
The Cadillac DeVille was first released in 1949 with the last model coming in 2005. The name has spawned a number of generations, with the DeVille Wagon one of them. That's right, the DeVille Wagon is one of the most fascinating cars to have come out of the Cadillac brand and is a firm favorite among car enthusiasts. It has never been confirmed how many have actually been built, with new finds every year adding new information to the intriguing vehicle. However, despite the rarity, the cars can still be bought online and can also be found among car collections all over the world.
2 1970-1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400
The Pontiac Firebird is a classic Detroit automobile built by Pontiac from 1967 all the way until 2002. The car was initially designed to compete with the much more popular Ford Mustang, but it didn't quite take off. However, the car did gain some fans and sold well the following year. In 1970, a number of Firebird special editions were released, intriguing car enthusiasts worldwide. Although the car is considered to be rare, it seems that there are still several of them working the streets. Furthermore, the cars can often be found among classic car auctions and collections.
1 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
The Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing is one of the most beautiful machines to have ever come out of a Mercedes factory and is also considered a rare classic. However, despite its rumored rarity, the somewhat rare classic keeps popping up all over the place, hidden in barns, farmhouses, and even under trees. That's right, one of these cars was recently found, albeit partially destroyed, under a banana tree in Cuba. The car was rumored to have existed in that spot for some time and was confirmed by a photographer who had purposefully gone looking for the classic.
Sources: Wikipedia, Wonderslist, and Hagerty.