A Look at Rare Cars That Take You Back to Years Gone By

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Are there certain car models that really stir the nostalgia of yesteryear for you? Cars from another era that might even be considered rare cars. The cars below are likely to be the stuff of Sotheby’s or a private auction where the bidders represent buyers in the upper one percent but it is fun to remember these cars from another time.

1969 ZL-1 Corvette

Corvettes as a whole are certainly not rare, but the ZL-1 is not your typical sports car. Chevy used an all-aluminum engine block on this one with a special turbo to give the 500-horsepower engine its legs. What really makes this model special is that only two were sold to the public.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider

Now that’s a mouthful. Only 55 people could at one time claim to be the owner of this model, which can sell at auction for more than $17 million. It’s among the rarest cars in the world and a favorite for serious collectors.

W Motors Lykan Hypersport

Referred to by some car enthusiasts as the “first Arab supercar,” this $3.4 million vehicle looks like something out of a modern Batman movie. Its sleek design and powerful engine allow it to reach 60 mph in less than three seconds, and it tops out at 240 mph. And of course, it comes with diamond-encrusted headlamps and the leather interior is stitched with gold thread.

1954 Oldsmobile F-88

What? An Olds made the list of rare cars? The F-88 is a concept car and a thing of beauty. It sports a Rocket V-8 engine and has up to 250 horsepower, but the beauty is in the design. It has similarities to the classic Thunderbird, but much, much rarer as only two were ever produced. This car once fetched $3.24 million at auction.

Rolls-Royce 15 HP

A maximum speed of 39 mph isn’t too sexy, but the fact that in 1904 the famous luxury carmaker produced only four of these classics, makes it a highly sought-after car for the best collections in the world. However, there is only one still in existence today, and it is worth an estimated $35 million.

1921 Helica de Leyat

The “plane without wings” moniker for this light vehicle is spot on. Rather than an engine, a propeller powers this 550lb car. The body of the car indeed resembles that of an airplane without wings. With a maximum speed of 106 mph, this $20 million car could really “fly.”

What classic car would you like to see make a comeback, and what types of dream cars do your customers talk about most often?