What rare cars have you seen in person?

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  1. dibblebill

    dibblebill Well-Known Member

    Pictures of the mentioned cars can be found on my Google+ page. Well, most of them.

    I've seen a:
    Lexus LFA (red)
    1960's Shelby GT350
    1960's Shelby GT500
    Original Shelby Cobra
    Oldsmobile 442 Hearst edition
    Mercedes-Benz McLaren 722 edition

    How abotu you guys? This does include at auto shows.

  2. stauren1203

    stauren1203 Well-Known Member

    LFA at 2010 Chicago Auto Show
    McLaren MP4-12C on the West Side of Madison
    A neighbor of mine owned the 6th Corvette z06 ever produced
    I saw the first Aventador in the United States, I think there are about 300 here now.
    I once was a Ford GT, Dodge Viper and Lamborghini Gallardo do a drag race on a public road... that was cool

    There are a lot of rare cars I have seen, but Living in Wisconsin, a lot of cars are rare here, so I am trying to keep my list to only low production vehicles.
  3. Speed Daemon

    Speed Daemon Disabled

    More than I can recall. A friend's dad owned several rare MGs that were restored to concours quality, and an original gullwing Mercedes. I've seen plenty of Italian exotics, including the BB512 Ferrari that was my teenage dream car. I came across one parked by the side of the road, like it had run out of gas. So I went to gawk for a while.

    I also saw a '67 Pontiac Firebird with the rare I-6 OHC motor outside a bar, and had the good fortune to be there when the owner came out, and got to see this rare motor. Sweet!

    EDIT: Oh yeah, I saw a Shelby Mustang 500KR (with all the NACA ducts) parked in a hospital parking lot.
  4. dibblebill

    dibblebill Well-Known Member

    Very nice. Yeah, I should've said 'mostly low production' vehicles. I don't consider Gallardo's "Rare" even if I've only seen 2 and 1 Spyder version in my city.
  5. vr4

    vr4 Well-Known Member

    Mclaren f1
    Saleen s7
    Perfectly restored Ford model t
    Buick straight 8 (can't remember the year)
    1939 Buick

    Countless exotics

    I can't remember what else at the time
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  6. dibblebill

    dibblebill Well-Known Member

    F1 and S7 were my favorite supercars for a while. I envy you.
  7. vr4

    vr4 Well-Known Member

    only pic i have online.

    dont mind the quality. it was taken with my old razr flip

  8. rs98

    rs98 Well-Known Member

    There was an F50 at some auto show I went to last year. There were also a handful of Countachs at the same show and one Enzo. Other than that, the coolest car I saw on the road was the Mclaren MP4-12C.
  9. mikedt

    mikedt 你好 Guide

    Dongfeng(East Wind) CA71
    Hongqi(Red Flag) CA72

    Any car with a Chinese brand name outside of China would be somewhat rare I suppsose. They tend to use nice familiar reasurring names for export Chinese cars, like Volvo(Zhejiang Geely), MG and Rover(both Shanghai Auto).
  10. Nexus5

    Nexus5 Active Member

    2 Months ago I got to take some pics of the Fisker Karma:
    The roof was really impressive, all the solar tech under deep clear coat.. :)

    We get lots of nice cars driving through.. Ferraris, Lambos, Maybachs, Etc.. And I am now packing a better camera phone (still not that great as you can see), so I am getting pics where I can. ;)
  11. dibblebill

    dibblebill Well-Known Member

    Very nice. I've seen 2-3 Karma's in Raleigh, and my mom got pics of a crimson one. I'd like to see a Tesla Model S. There's 2 that I know of here in Raleigh, NC. I still say the thing has a mustache.
  12. Davdi

    Davdi Well-Known Member Contributor

    Aussie Ford Falcon GTHO
    'Blower' Bentley
    Jaguar XKSS
    Talbot Tagora
    Austin Atlantic (Hardtop & Ragtop)
  13. Nexus5

    Nexus5 Active Member

    I've never had a Tesla S stop long enough for a pic, but I have seen 2 of them in traffic.

    That Fisker Karma drew a crowd shortly after I took the pics (there's two guys coming across the street for a look in one of the hood pics), likely because it's so 'Jag' looking and most folks don't realize what's up?

    The 3 times I've come across a Maybach in town nobody else was giving them a second glance, even with a chauffeur attending the cars (one fellow was actually buffing it while waiting).

    Even just the paint job on those cars is stunning to see with the naked eye..
  14. Nexus5

    Nexus5 Active Member

    Small world?

    TIL: Zhejiang Geely is actively making bids on Fisker Automotive! :)
  15. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire Developer

    Audi R8 (parked outside my office daily), Ferrari F430, and Lamborghini Reventon.
  16. dibblebill

    dibblebill Well-Known Member

    I long to see a Reventon in person, even the museum one...
  17. ParishL31

    ParishL31 Well-Known Member

    The "typical" lot of exotics and auto show cars for me. A few of my favorites were the Ariel Atom, Aventador, MP4-12C, and the 458 Italia. An oldie but goodie I saw was a right hand drive EVO IV at a car show that was in excellent condition. My favorite for old classic car has to be the Bel Air, I love seeing them restored in their classic teal color scheme.

    I was able to race a Gallardo Superleggera 570-4 for a couple of laps out at Vegas Motor Speedway. Definitely recommend Exotics Racing to any car enthusiast when they're out in Vegas. They have the typical lot of exotics including the Aventador, 458, MP4-12C, and others. They're also picking up the new Stingray, Viper, and F12 Ferrari later this year. I was sceptical at first thinking they would force you to baby the cars, but as long as you're driving proper lines and being safe they let you drive the cars very hard.
  18. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Well-Known Member

    Some friends and I once had the crown prince of Johor Baru give us a guided tour of his (or more probably, his dad's) car collection (long story). That was pretty stunning and there were way too many amazing cars to recall, but pretty much everything there was a very limited edition of something that's pretty rare in the first place.

    Just two highlights: a 1930s open top Mercedes, one of 3 built. One of the other two having been a gift from Mercedes to Hitler.

    Then my absolute favourite: a 1970s Bentley estate. Horrific, but inside, where everything's normally swathed in walnut and leather? Pornographic pictures. Everywhere. The original shaggin' waggon.
  19. sergey

    sergey Well-Known Member

    - Several F355s back when they were out in Aspen
    - Ferrari F50 on the streets of Aspen
    - Several Maybachs on the street
    - Several Bentleys on the street
    - Ferrari F430 on the highway
    - Ferrari 458 spyder, FF, 512 at the dealer in NYC
    - Ferrari 512 parked on the street on the Upper East Side
    - Ferrari California in the East Village
    - Lamborghini Countach on the highway
    - A few Phantoms on the street
    - A Ghost at the hospital (har, har)

    - I went to that casino in Monaco for a vacation several years ago and it really is insane. Spend 5 minutes there and a Bentley becomes boring and commonplace compared to all the other Ferraris and Lambos.

    - The best sighting ever was on a trip in Italy, I was on a bus on the hwy maybe 1hr away from Modena and I'm bored out of my mind. All of a sudden this red F430 FLIES by the bus, with that exhaust note. That was cool.

    - Porsche 911 slantnose? Doesn't matter if it was the real deal or not, but I was driving cross country in a E39 530i, which is like the perfect car. It was the first luxury/performance car I had driven and it was fast. On the highway, 100mph was easily achievable and you could easily hit go to jail speeds effortlessly. Well this slantnose 911 pulls up next to me as he's trying to pass on the highway, he's just passing at a few mph above me. Obviously I'm looking at this car and we both make eye contact and the road was wide open, so we both gunned it. I knew the 911 was going to beat me, but I wondered how badly. I wondered how fast this old 911 would be since I've always seen them driving slowly at a golf course or something. I gunned it, I mean I put the pedal down, deep down into the floormat. Get ready to fly! Umm... no. This Porsche was moving 1, 2, 3 carlengths ahead and farther away from me. Then I saw it- the whaletail. Yeah, that'll be turbo then. Game over. The best way I can describe it is if he went WOT and I slammed on the brakes. That's how fast I felt like I was going. I couldn't believe it and looked at the speedo- 60-70-80-90-100-110. I was moving, but the Porsche was on a totally different level. He slowed down and it took me several seconds to pull up next to him. I gave him a thumbs up. He then smiled and blasted past me again. Fast, fast car. The acceleration on that was simply amazing.
  20. pete72

    pete72 Member

    Now the UK weather is starting to improve, I think it's about time I got my Lotus M100 Elan out of hibernation :p
  21. Torn Prince

    Torn Prince Member

    Ford focus

    Extremely rare
  22. Davdi

    Davdi Well-Known Member Contributor

    AS mentioned previously - Talbot Tagora, sold an average of 20 something cars per day in the whole of UK AND Europe. I had one for a few months - hateful thing, possibly the worst lemon ever. There are about 12 left in existence. For my money, that's 12 too many.
  23. NightHawk877

    NightHawk877 Well-Known Member

    I was at the US Grand Prix back in November and saw a Bugatti Veyron.
  24. vr4

    vr4 Well-Known Member

    To add to the list... Driven a 360 modena f1, f430 f1, and rode in a 512tr and r35 gtr. Also drove an actual legal r32 gtr.

    Visited the aerial atom us facility when they were in Oregon. Got many pictures of them in various states of production.

    Saw a couple older ladies in a Tesla model s the other day in Portland
  25. dibblebill

    dibblebill Well-Known Member

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