Ah, supercars. For the majority of the world’s population, these are something to just look at, admire and wonder ‘if only…’ – these high-performance vehicles are often unusual or in limited production and as a result are typically very expensive.
The Bugatti Veyron is probably the most well-known supercar as it’s the fastest road legal car in production; this beast can achieve a top speed of 268 mph (431 km/h). However, we’re not sure achieving those speeds is road legal. To the autobahn!
Anyway, if you wanted to pick up a Veyron, Top Gear’s ‘Car of the Decade (2000-2009)’ you’ll just have to scrape together a minimum of £1.2m; easy, right? Once I’m finished writing this, I’ll be off to my local car dealer to pick one up for myself.
If only things were that easy. Even if I did have £1.2m – which I don’t have anywhere near close to by the way – the Bugatti Veyron is an exclusive car. You have to be both rich and lucky to get your hands on one. For those that can afford the best-of-the-best when it comes to getting from point A to point B, that’s what they’re often looking for; exclusivity.
Therefore, we’ve decided to round up a list of 5 supercars that you’ve probably never heard of. Looking for something exclusive? Try one of these! But don’t crash it. Anyway, in no particular order…
Produced between the years of 1990 and 1993, the Vector W8 was manufactured in small numbers to say the least. Two pre-production W8s were manufactured and an extra seventeen for customers. Throw in a few prototype models and you’ll find that there were only ever a total of twenty-two W8s in circulation.
This 6.0L monster teams up power with a mean looking design, making Lamborghinis look like pussycats. Made from lightweight carbon fibre and Kevlar, this car was both strong and light.
Designed to last the life of its owner (assuming a standard level of maintenance) the W8 had a built quality, fit and finish that far exceeded its competitors.
Original price: £283,000
Today’s price: £245,000 – £885,000
If you’re a fan of curves then this hand built, British beauty is definitely something that should be appealing to you. First produced in 2010 and still being manufactured out of Noble’s Leicestershire factory to this day, the M600 goes for style over exclusivity.
You’re going to rocket from a standstill to 60 mph in just three seconds flat from this 4.4L supercar, but braking might take you considerably longer than that due to its noticeable lack of ABS, making it easy to lock the wheels. That being said, Jeremy Clarkson still managed to whip it round Top Gear’s race track in a time of 1:17.7, that’s quicker than both the Pagani Zonda and the aforementioned Bugatti Veyron.
Original price: £300,000
Today’s price: still in production and retailed at £300,000 – but you can add a chunk to that if you require a left-hand drive model
Spyker C12 Zagato
Announced in 2007, 24 lucky people would have to wait just one year to get their hands on the powerhouse that is the C12 Zagato, from Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker.
For fans of automatic gearboxes, Spyker opted against a manual based on customer feedback, but included paddle shifters for if you need to switch it up a little quicker. That’s great; a company that listens to their audience, so put this car back into production!
The scissor doors on the C12 Zagato found a way to cut through my heart and make me fall in love with this supercar. I’m not sure that’s how love stories usually go. It’s about five steps past Cupid firing an arrow into you and I highly doubt it would work for someone you’ve got your eye on, nothing will ever work for them WILL IT JENNIFER?! …I’m getting side-tracked here, what I’m trying to say is; the doors are nice, very nice. Contrasting with the sleek and elegant exterior, the vertically opening doors are the perfect compliment.
Original price: £450,000
Today’s price: unavailable – sources differ as to whether the planned production of 24 ever actually happened
The Hussarya became Poland’s first ever supercar when manufacturer Arrinera unveiled it back in 2012. If you’re looking for exclusivity then you’ve most certainly got it with this, as it’s not even available yet. Production is planned to start in 2015 with a planned 6.5L engine capable of thunderbolting the Arrinera from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds and all the way up to a top speed of 211 mph.
Named after Poland’s 16th century cavalry, Arrinera hope to instill traits from said cavalry into this car; beauty, strength and manoeuvrability.
The original model featured scissor doors but this idea was removed when it came to the production model. What were they thinking? Don’t they know I’m a sucker for those?!
An interesting fact about the Arrinera Hussarya is that the person in charge of designing and producing the chassis, as well as being a shareholder in the company, is none other than Englishman Lee Noble. For those unaware, he founded and sold Noble Automative (who made the M600 included a little earlier in this list).
Original price: unavailable
Today’s price: unavailable
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Rolling back the years with this, the 33 Stradale from Alfa Romeo was produced between the years of 1967 and 1969. This car became the most expensive automobile to be sold to the public in 1968 as Alfa attempted to make its racing technology more widely available.
As well as being a truly gorgeous classic supercar, it’s the little details that really interest me. The way the windows seamlessly curve into the roof and the lack of locks that make it extremely easy to steal along with a range of other little features come together to make the overall visual almost perfect.
Day-to-day use of the car may be tricky, as a lack of ground clearance means speed bumps are strictly a no-go. However, if you can afford one of these, you’ve probably got more than enough private land to enjoy it on.
Original price: £10,500 (more than six times the cost of the average car back then)
Today’s price: £1,250,000 (more than sixty times the amount of money I wish I had)