On the planet of cool vehicles, most individuals will know concerning the huge boys like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. However if you happen to’re after one thing glamorous and complicated that’ll have folks craning their necks in curiosity, then these 5 lesser-known autos – a various mixture of coach-builds, tuner vehicles and big-budget OEM fashions that by no means actually hit their stride – stay uncommon and extremely particular.
Fisker is a model that’s been on the periphery of the mainstream for years now, launching alongside Tesla round a decade in the past with its personal eco-friendly saloon and extra not too long ago, a classy electrical SUV. Nonetheless, Fisker’s been round for rather a lot longer, beginning out with this gorgeous low-volume coach-build again in 2007. These preliminary fashions had been created underneath the wing of well-known automobile designer and firm founder Henrik Fisker, the genius behind Aston Martin’s Vantage and DB9, in addition to the Tesla Mannequin S, sarcastically.
But it was this Tramonto that was his first foray exterior of the OEM world, making a automobile primarily based on a Mercedes SL roadster that featured bespoke bodywork with a shocking new design. This uncommon V8-powered roadster may not have the moment kudos of a Porsche or Mercedes, however it’s constructed on the fame of one of many world’s most celebrated automobile designers, and executed to a typical you’d anticipate of such prominence.
Alpina Z8 Roadster
BMW’s Z8 Roadster has been having fun with a sure wave of recognition lately, however whereas the unique by no means fairly made sense as a bundle – with its peaky M Division V8 engine and handbook transmission – BMW tuner Alpina took the idea and made it its personal.
Alpina ditched the usual powertrain and changed it with a torquier model of the identical 4.4-litre V8 engine in addition to an computerized transmission. The chassis was additionally retuned to be extra snug and forgiving, all of which added as much as a bundle that was extra about cruising than blasting down a mountain street – precisely what its appears prompt and its clients wished.
Touring Superleggera Sciàdipersia
Touring Superleggera is an Italian coach-build firm in a similar way to Fisker, however the place the latter’s prominence rested on its eponymous founder’s title, Touring Superleggera is constructed on a long time of experience. This Italian establishment was the corporate liable for constructing icons just like the Aston Martin DB5, inventing the ultra-light ‘superleggera’ development technique within the course of.
Having been dormant for many years the model is again, turning fashionable supercars into very low manufacturing masterpieces for some very rich purchasers.
The Sciàdipersia is only one of its new fashions, designed to be a long-legged GT coupe primarily based on Maserati’s Gran Turismo. It options solely bespoke bodywork with a particular look, dominated by an aesthetic that references each the previous and future.
One key ingredient is the chrome work. Though common on fashionable vehicles, what you see right here is actual polished aluminium or chromed metal. Obtainable as each a coupe and convertible, if you would like your GT a step or two up on the speciality scale, it’s laborious to be extra specialised than this.
Mazda isn’t often a model you’d affiliate with glamorous, cutting-edge and costly GT vehicles, however throughout Japan’s monetary increase within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties, it was the native producers who had been pushing the boundaries. Probably the most bold of all was Mazda, launching a number of new manufacturers with loads of technological developments to again it up.
Probably the most spectacular was arguably this, the Eunos Cosmo. The title Cosmo had been used earlier than, discovered on Mazda’s first ever rotary-engined automobile again within the mid-Nineteen Sixties, however the Nineteen Nineties Cosmo took issues up a notch, introducing the primary and solely triple-rotor engine that was additionally twin-turbocharged, and being the primary automobile on the earth with digital satellite tv for pc navigation accessible by means of a touchscreen.
With none recognisable badging, the Eunos Cosmo actually is an enigma of the automobile world – and well-kept variations are proving this with values skyrocketing for individuals who recognise its brilliance.
Venturi 300 Atlantique
Venturi was a French supercar producer of the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties that aimed to rival Porsche and low-level Ferraris, culminating in its remaining creation: the 300 Atlantique. This mid-engined V6 sports activities automobile had all of the numbers to rival modern Porsches, throughout a time when the 911 was nonetheless comparatively crude. Ferraris of this period had been no higher, being troublesome to drive day by day, but the Atlantique differentiated itself by establishing the notion of the on a regular basis supercar.
Solely six right-hand-drive vehicles had been ever produced, making it extraordinarily uncommon within the UK, and whereas it could lack the outrageous design of rival Ferraris of the day, its clear and complicated look garner loads of admirers within the fashionable period. Even higher, you’re unlikely to ever run into one other one, and to some that kind of exclusivity is the largest luxurious of all of them.