23 of the Rarest Cars From American Auto Makers!


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23.The 1964 Ford GT40:

Beautiful, fluid, and rare. 107 units were made. This was Ford’s answer to Ferrari. In 2014, one sold at auction for $7,000,000.

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22.The 1901-1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout:

A five-horsepower vehicle that sold for about $650. ~4,000 units were built. This is one of the centerpieces of automobile collecting.

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21.The 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird:

A whopping 135 units were produced and today they fetch between $150,000 and $500,000 at auction.

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20.The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1:

With only 69 units produced this super-rare Camaro upgrade package takes an already cool car and makes it super hot.

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19.The 1906 Stanley:

This car has a place in today’s world. It is a steam powered vehicle and could prove the alternative to using fossil fuels. The vehicles were known for their speed and set a world record of 28.2 seconds for a single mile. Production ~ 200 units. Top speed was 127 MPH.


18.The 1929 Duesenberg Model J and SJ:

Notable as America’s attempt to one-up Rolls-Royce. The production run for 1929 was 200 units. The price of these cars in 1929 ranged between $13,000 and $25,000. The highest priced for a 1929 Duesenberg Model J at auction was $2,090,000 in 2014.


17.The 1932 Cord L-29 Cabriolet:

A Front Wheel Drive vehicle with a 125 HP motor and a classic styling, these cars bespoke an era. The 1932 Cord L-29 production run equaled 4,400 units. Today, a Cord L-29 sell for about $35,000 in bits and pieces and in need of full restoration. A pristine L-29 could fetch upwards of $400,000 at auction.

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16.The 1949  Mercury Two-door Coup:

One of the most iconic silhouettes for automobiles of this era. The sleek, artful design and the powerful V8 engine made this a car everyone wanted. Today, they sell at auction for $60,000 plus.


15.The 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500:

The total production ~1000 units. A GT500 today sells for about $300,000 at auction.

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14.The 1953 Chevrolet Corvette:

This is the first year for the Corvette, and the one that started the long love affair with the Corvette. There were only 300 units created in 1953. Today these rare cars fetch about $200,000 at auction.

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13.The 1967 Yenko Camaro:

Only 104 of these cars were made. They were a 1967 SS Camaro upgraded by Yenko with a Corvette 427 CID engine. Today, these cars fetch $350,000 at auction.


12.The 1967 Ford Fairlane 500 R-Code:

There was 238,688 total 1967 Ford Fairlane’s built, but only 57 of those vehicles had an R-Code engine — 427 CID. These cars sell today for about $40,000.


11.The 1940 Cadillac V-16:

Oddly, Cadillac offered around 70 different configurations for this vehicle, and that makes them all special. Only 138 units were sold for the model year 1940.

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10.The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6:

The Chevelle’s of any model year are still popular today, especially with the SS badge. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 is rare. There were only 20 units produced with this package.


9.The 1941 Willys Coupe:

The beautiful fluid design of these cars made them popular during World War II. There were 20,000 units created in 1941. Consumers paid nearly $650 for this vehicle new. Today they sell for between $45,000 and $100,000 depending on their condition.


8.The 1908 Ford Model T:

The very car that started the automobile revolution, though not the first car ever produced. This was a car that the masses could afford. From 1908-1927 15,000,000 Model T’s were sold.


7.The 1934 Pierce-Arrow Twelve Convertible Coupe:

A beautifully styled luxury car priced at $10,000 new. Only five were sold. Today, these cars fetch $220,000 or more at auction.


6.The 1948 Tucker Torpedo 48:

An odd car, much ahead of its time. The 1948 Tucker Torpedo 48 was the only model year this car was made. 51 units were produced and the company folded the in the spring of 1949. A Tucker 48 sold in 2012 for $2.91 Million.

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5.The 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible:

Only 17 of these sleek muscle cars were produced in 1971. One sold in 2013 for $232,500. How many of these cars remain is unknown.

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4.The 1991 Shelby Completion Cobra:

The year is correct. Only nine of these cars were made. Carroll Shelby used production numbers from 1965 to create these nine Cobra in 1991. These sold new for $500,000 each. He had 43 production numbers, and it is unclear if the remaining numbers will be used. What are these cars worth today? Millions?


3.The 1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout:

This car is special for many reasons. It was the first true sports car designed for road and track. It has a heavy history of winning races in its debut year. These cars are super rare. The total production is unknown, but it estimate that ~10-12 were made, and even fewer remain today. In 2014, one was auctioned off for $2,530,000.

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2.The 1967 Shelby GT500 Convertible and Coupe:

This is a story about two cars. Each is the only one of its kind. There is one Coupe and one Convertible. Everything else for this model year is a Fastback. That fact makes these two cars ultra rare.

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1.The 1908 Crane-Simplex 50 Speedcar Roadster:

This was a street-to-track car that raced and featured removable fenders. There are only two known to exist today making this pair of cars priceless.

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