In the world of cool cars, most people know the big boys like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. But if you’re looking for something glamorous and sophisticated that people are curious about, these are five lesser-known cars – a diverse mix of bodies, tuner cars and big-budget OEM models that never quite hit their mark. stride – stay rare and incredibly special.
A brand that has been on the fringes of the mainstream for years, Fisker launched alongside Tesla about a decade ago with its own eco-friendly sedan and more recently a trendy electric SUV. However, Fisker has been around much longer, starting with this stunning low-volume bodybuilder in 2007. These first models were created under the wing of renowned car designer and company founder, Henrik Fisker, the genius behind Aston Martin’s Vantage and DB9. , as well as the Tesla Model S, ironically.
Yet it was this Tramonto that was his first step outside the OEM world and created a car based on a Mercedes SL roadster with a custom bodywork with a stunning new design. This rare V8-powered roadster might not have the honor of a Porsche or Mercedes, but it’s built on the reputation of one of the world’s most celebrated automotive designers and built to a standard you’d expect from such a celebrity. .
Alpina Z8 Roadster
BMW’s Z8 Roadster has been enjoying a certain surge of popularity in recent years, but while the original never quite made sense as a package — with its peaking M Division V8 engine and manual transmission — BMW tuner Alpina took the concept and made it his own.
Alpina ditched the standard powertrain and replaced it with a heavier version of the same 4.4-liter V8 engine and an automatic transmission. The chassis was also retuned to be more comfortable and forgiving, all adding up to a package that was more about cruising than racing down a mountain road – just what the look suggested and the customers wanted.
Touring Superleggera Sciadipersia
Touring Superleggera is an Italian coachbuilding company in the same way as Fisker, but where the latter’s fame rested on the name of its founder of the same name, Touring Superleggera was built on decades of expertise. This Italian institution was the company responsible for building icons such as the Aston Martin DB5, and in doing so invented the ultralight ‘superleggera’ construction method.
After being inactive for decades, the brand is back, turning modern supercars into very low-production masterpieces for some very wealthy customers.
The Sciàdipersia is just one of its new models, designed as a long-legged GT coupe based on Maserati’s Gran Turismo. It has a fully customized body with a distinctive look, dominated by an aesthetic that references both the past and the future.
An important element is the chrome work. While it’s not uncommon on modern cars, you’ll see real polished aluminum or chrome-plated steel here. Available as both a coupe and a convertible, if you want your GT a step or two up the special scale it’s hard to get more specialized than this.
Mazda isn’t normally a brand you associate with glamorous, cutting-edge and expensive GT cars, but during Japan’s financial boom in the 1980s and 1990s, it was native manufacturers who pushed the boundaries. The most ambitious of them all was Mazda, which launched several new brands with numerous technological advances to back it up.
Perhaps the most spectacular was this one, the Eunos Cosmo. The Cosmo name had been used before, found on Mazda’s very first rotary engine car in the mid-1960s, but the Cosmo of the 1990s took it up a notch with the introduction of the first and only three-rotor engine that also featured a had a twin turbo. and be the world’s first car with digital satellite navigation accessible via a touchscreen.
Without recognizable badges, the Eunos Cosmo is truly an enigma of the automotive world – and well-maintained versions prove this with sky-high values for those who recognize its genius.
Venturi 300 Atlantic
Venturi was a French supercar manufacturer of the 1980s and 1990s that set out to compete with low-end Porsche and Ferraris, culminating in its eventual creation, the 300 Atlantique. This mid-engined V6 sports car had all the numbers to rival contemporary Porsches, at a time when the 911 was still relatively raw. Ferraris of this era were no better, as they were difficult to drive every day, but the Atlantique distinguished itself by establishing the understanding of the everyday supercar.
Only six right-hand drive cars have been produced, making it extremely rare in the UK, and while it may lack the outrageous design of rival Ferraris of the day, its sleek and refined appearance attracts many admirers in the modern era. In fact, it’s unlikely you’ll ever come across one again, and for some, that kind of exclusivity is the greatest luxury of all.