10 Most Forgotten and Obscure Supercars Ever Produced
Supercars are limited, exclusive, and low-production vehicles by default – some more, some less. This time we’re reflecting on some of the rarest and most obscure supercars ever produced. You might even say they’re almost forgotten. In fact, you probably never even heard about some of them, although we didn’t really dig that deep into concepts and one-off models. And we could have, believe me. Instead, we’ve chosen 10 cars which all came in at least couple of units over the years. Jiotto Caspita, for instance, is one very rare supercar, but it never moved from prototype model, hence it’s ineligible for our list.
Most of the models you’ll find here have already been discontinued some time ago. Only two can still be ordered, but they’re far from being production vehicles as well. At the same time, most of these supercars are from the eighties and nineties. Those were arguably the best years for supercars. It’s the time when they were sharp, fast, and mostly came with unavoidable pop-up headlamps. Sometimes I really miss those times. Let’s embark on one nostalgic journey with 10 of the rarest and forgotten obscure supercars ever made.
Jaguar’s supercar had almost tarnished automaker’s reputation 20 odd years ago, but it was hardly its fault. First introduced at 1988 British International Motor Show, XJ220 was supposed to hit the market with a bang. Top speed of 213 mph (fastest at the time) and V12 engine tended to inspire such reactions in late eighties. 1,500 people placed £50,000 deposits before first planned deliveries in 1992. However, when 1992 came, Jaguar had to replace the V12 mill with twin-turbo V6 which resulted in altered specifications. Needless to say, that didn’t hold up very well with the buyers. Many of them decided to withdraw from the project. In the end, only 271 units (most on this list) of XJ220 were made, and they came with 1992 retail sticker of £470,000. Unlucky Jag is slowly, but steadily becoming a collectors item these days, though.
It might be based on Porsche’s 962 race car, but Dauer’s 962 is a supercar of its own. And one of the most obscure supercars at that. Like its mentor, Dauer 962 too, was first intended as Le Mans race car. After it won the race back in 1994, Dauer started producing street-legal versions of their 962. At least 12 of them were built between 1993 and 1997, and they were capable of making 730 horsepower while topping 251 mph. This was as close as you could have gotten of owning street-legal Le Mans race car back in the day.
Nissan R390 GT1
Like Dauer 962, Nissan R390 GT1 too, was intended to be Le Mans race car for 1997 and 1998 seasons. Unlike the rebadged Porsche, however, Japanese supercar never actually won the race. This didn’t stop them from making 2 road-legal units, though. With price tag of $1 million, only one was sold via auction. The other one is still in Nissan’s Zama factory museum. Street-legal version of the car is capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and topping 220 mph. It’s still the fastest Nissan ever made.
Mosler Consulier GTP
Since Mosler MT900S was produced in this century, and one was delivered to George Lucas, we didn’t deem it obscure enough. Mosler Consulier GTP was company’s first supercar, and that one is actually almost forgotten by now. Produced between 1985 and 1993 under this nameplate, and between 1993 and 2000 as Intruder or Raptor, Consulier GTP came with somewhat anemic 175 and 190 horsepower Chrysler turbo II and III 4-cylinder engines. Only Intruders and Raptors finally offered V8 power which, still wasn’t supercar-worthy. It’s interesting that Consulier Industries dubbed their car the fastest American car at the time, and even offered $25,000 and later $100,000 rewards if someone records better time with another car. Car and Driver magazine did it with ’91 Corvette, but it wasn’t until Chet Filip beaten them at the Sebring International Raceway, that Consulier Industries finally conceded.
Covini C6W is first of the two supercars from this list you can still get your hands on. If you’re thinking of buying it new, that is. It was introduced in 2004 with intended production of 6 to 8 units a year. It’s powered by 4.2L V8 engine capable of generating 434 horses and topping 186 mph. So, what does 6 stand for if it’s V8-powered? It stands for six wheels. Yes, this unique supercar offers some major traction to complement its raw performance.
Aixam Mega Track
Since we’re talking about peculiar obscure supercars, let’s continue with Aixam’s oddball from early nineties. You might recognize the French company by their sub subcompact electric vehicles which can usually be driven without driver’s license. In 1992, however, they tried to hit the supercar market with crossover/supercar combo. Only five units were ever created, and they were fitted with Mercedes-sourced 6.0L V12 putting up 400 horsepower. Unlike most supercars (try every supercar ever made), Mega Track had adjustable suspension height which spanned from 8 to 13 inches. Not many cars have that kind of ground clearance, do they? That’s what made Aixam’s only foray into supercar market one unique experience which, sadly, ended way too soon.
Isdera Imperator 108i
Pretty much anything made by Isdera could have ended on this list, but we’ve decided to go with Imperator 108i. Despite being produced for almost a decade between 1984 and 1993, only 30 units were ever completed. Being a German, it’s no wonder Imperator was powered by Mercedes and AMG engines from 5.0L to 6.0L in displacement. It came with gullwing doors which aren’t that uncommon in supercars, but it also had a rear view periscope which is uncommon in pretty much everything apart from in submarines. It definitely deserves to be considered one of the most obscure supercars of all time.
Zender Vision 3
Speaking of Germans and obscure supercars, here’s Zender Vision 3. Created by Hans-Albert Zender, Vision went through six revisions. Third one debuted in 1987, and had 5.6L Mercedes-sourced V8 delivering 300 horses. It was able to reach the top speed of 174 mph, and was being offered at starting price tag of £250,000 at the time. It did need clear 6 seconds in order to reach 60 mph, though.
American supercar produced between 1990 and 1993 came with modified Chevrolet 350 ci engine and dual turbos. That setup was good enough for 625 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque, although the absolute maximum at dyno was 1,200 hp with 14 lbs of boost. Early models were able to top 220 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds. Bonneville speed testing, however, revealed prototype Vector’s full potential as it peaked 242 mph. Only 22 total units were made, and they started from $448,000 at the time.
We have decided to conclude this list of almost forgotten and obscure supercars with Cizeta-Moroder V16T. Italian supercar was being produced between 1991 and 1995, but only 20 models have rolled off the assembly lines during that period. This is actually the originally intended design for Lamborghini Diablo. Hadn’t Chrysler intervened, Diablo would have looked just like that, and Cizeta-Moroder wouldn’t have existed as separate car. It’s powered by dual Lamborghini V8 mills in a single block, effectively creating a single V16 powerplant. Supercar was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 4 seconds and to reach the top speed of 204 mph. Apart from first 20 models, 3 more have been built between 1999 and 2003, and as of 2006, they’re again available on a made to order basis. They now cost $649,000 in base, and $849,000 in Spyder TTJ form.
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