50 Awesome Cars With Cool Names
What’s a cool car if there’s not a cool name to match? That’s half the battle in winning over the public, is naming it something gnarly. No one wants to drive the Saturn Vue or the Nissan Juke. Everyone wants to drive the Dodge Demon! Whoever invented these car names probably deserves a raise, if not at least a pat on the back. Check them out!
50. Maserati Mistral
The Mistral is a 2-seat grand touring car produced between 1963 and 1970 by Italian car manufacturer Maserati. Named after a cold northerly wind in the south of France, it was also the first vehicle in a series of classic Maseratis to be given the name of a wind. This was the luxury car to drive between 1963 and 1970. The Mistral was a Gran Turismo two seater. Finding one today can be a bit difficult. There were only 828 coupes produced during the production run.
If you want to find a Mistral Spyder its almost impossible. Only 125 of those were made. So we know the Mistral is named after a wind. But do we know why? We do. All two seater Maseratis were named after winds while four seater versions were named after race tracks. The trademark trident logo is a nod to their roots. Their home town of Bologna Italy features a statue of Neptune holding a trident in the town center. If you want your own Mistral, be prepared. You will need about $200k and will have to pay shipping too.
49. Hennessey Venom F5
The Hennessey Venom F5 was named after the most powerful tornado speed winds on the Fujita – Pearson scale. It is to be the first road car capable of achieving more than 300 mph. You might look at the Venom and think you’ve seen it somewhere else before. You have. The Venom 5 is a highly modified Lotus Elite. One of the goals was to make the car as light as possible. They did. The Venom weighs 2,743 pounds. That gives it one incredible weight to power ratio.
This is what allows the vehicle to break records in all sorts of speed categories. For instance, it can go from 0-100 in 4.4 seconds with no air bags to speak of (another omission for the sake of performance). Protection comes in the form of a suede roll cage. If you are man enough to give it a go, the Venom 5 is a fun ride, if you can afford it!
48. Rolls-Royce Ghost
The Ghost is a luxury car built by British auto manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Named in honor of the Silver Ghost, a car first produced by the company in 1906, it was announced at the Auto Shanghai show back in April of 2009. The Ghost was also known as the RR04 during its development stages. This car was Rolls attempt to appeal to a younger market. Its beefier nose and more pronounced exterior were designed with youth in mind. Why? Research showed a younger generation of ownership due to more billionaires entering the market due to newer money making ventures.
The black badge treatment gives the Ghost slightly more power than the Phantom, the suspension slightly adjusted as a result. Consider the Ghost to be the sportier version of a Rolls Royce, but it is no shrinking violet. Available in all black or red with black interior, it can be yours for $305,000. You get your own umbrellas built in to the door for that price (they release with the push of a button) and the envy of your friends.
47. Rolls-Royce Wraith
The name Wraith was taken from an old Scottish word meaning an image of a ghost or spirit. The Wraith is haunting for sure. The four seat coupe reminds you of the 1938 model in an eerie way. The car was inspired by famous people like Muhammad Ali and Yves St. Laurent. A few other noteworthy things about the Wraith involve items like the infinity symbol. It’s a reminder for customers.
They can customize the Wraith to suit their needs with a seemingly infinite possibility of colors and interior trim options. For instance you can have blue leather seats with silver trim if you like. Designers have finally included a sport button to adjust the transmission on the go and the Wraith features bigger brakes than other Rolls Royce models for added safety. The price is still lofty. Base models start at $315,000. This is not the vehicle for you if your wallet is light.
46. Maserati Khamsin
The Khamsin is a grand tourer produced between 1974 and 1982 by Italian auto manufacturer Maserati. Following Maserati’s tradition the car was named after a wind: the Khamsin, which is a hot, Egyptian desert wind blowing for fifty days a year. This uber chic classic luxury car was made between 1974 and 1982. it features a 3.2L AM 479 V8 twin turbo engine with a manual 6 speed transmission. Translation: This thing will fly. And while it is a far cry from the body styles we see today, and it is named for a hot northern, Mesopotamian wind, it is still a Maserati. Owning one is not as difficult as you might think either. Search hard enough online and you can scoop one up for around $35-$40 thousand. That’s less than some current Kia models! Why? The name of course. How many of your friends own a Khamsin?
45. Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron is a supercar named after Pierre Veyron who was a Grand Prix motor racing driver active from 1933 until 1953. We know things about the Veyron like the $2 million price tag and the 250 mph top speed. However, here are some surprising facts. Waste energy from the engine could heat ten homes in the winter. Each Veyron has ten radiators. Each one requires a build time of 15 hours.
Only 14 bolts hold the entire car together. If you need to replace the tires it must be shipped to France. That will run about $70,000. The car produces 1,001 horsepower from a VV16 beast of an engine. Gas mileage is a joke. You can expect 7 miles per gallon in the city and 15 on the highway. It does come with a 26.4 gallon tank. No wonder they are reserved for the uber rich. Most of us could not afford to change the tires once!
44. Aston Martin Vanquish
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a super grand tourer that debuted in 2001. The vehicle was designed by Ian Callum and was presented at the Geneva Motor Show.
43. Porsche Carrera GT
The Carrera GT is a sports car built by Porsche automobile. It commemorates the company’s success in the Carrera Panamericana race. The following vehicles have been called Carrera: Porsche 356 and Porsche 904. The Carrerra is powered by a 558 horsepower V-10 engine that naturally aspirates. Aided with a 6 speed manual transmission, this Porsche is made or speed. Popular since its inception, The GT has become a consumer favorite with its top speed of 205 mph and a 0-125 mph in less than ten seconds. The ground effects literally glue to the car to the road at high speed, and the rear wing extends a bit at speeds greater than 75 mph for increased aerodynamics. The interior features a unique set of knee and leg supports that adjust according to the driver’s needs. The minimal interior features are a purposeful move to decrease vehicle weight for improved speed.
42. Dodge Demon
The Dodge SRT Demon was a powerful wide-body version of the Challenger. It was presented at the New York Auto Show in 2017.
41. Lamborghini Murciélago
Murciélago was the name of a Navarra fighting bull, whose name rose to popularity after Volkswagen Group AG chose it to be the name of the new Lamborghini model. This was to honor the founder of the company, Ferruccio Lamborghini and his passion for bullfighting. The R-GT version of the Murcielago is the fastest of the Lamborghini wit ha top speed of 370 kmh.
Not bad for a company that built and designed tractors when it started up in 1963. Keeping true to form, the Murcielago is one of a long line of Lamborghinis named after a Spanish legend of some sort. It has a v-12 engine (The Gallardo is the only one made with a V-10). So what made the company switch from making tractors to cars? The owner (whom Lamborghini is named for) owned a Ferrari with a nagging clutch problem. He switched to designing automobiles as a result. Look at the Murcielago. We are glad his Ferrari had a clutch problem.
40. Lancia Stratos
The Lancia Stratos HF is a sports car and rally car that was produced from 1973 – 1978. It was designed by Marcello Gandini.
39. TVR Sagaris
The Sagaris was designed by Lee Hodgetts and Graham Browne. The vehicle was named after the sagaris, an ancient Greek weapon used by the Scythians and was believed to have the ability to penetrate the armor of their enemies. The engine is a 4.0L Speed Six L6 wit h5 speed manual transmission is a super car staple, though not as popular in the US because Uncle Sam has outlawed them for street use.
If you look closely at the car it looks like a racer. That’s because it is. Based on the TVR T350, the Sagaris was modified for endurance. Look at the body, there are multiple ventilation points and intakes built in to the body design to keep the car cool without stopping often. So why not outfit the car with airbags and bring it up to European safety standards so it is street legal? Peter Wheeler, the designer, believes air bags risk the safety of the driver in the event of a roll over because they promote over confidence. Besides, the Sagaris is designed to resist roll overs. I guess that one can only be tested with time.
38. Ferrari 812 Superfast
The Ferrari 812 Superfast is a grand tourer produced by Ferrari, and was presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The designer was Flavio Manzoni apart of the Ferrari Styling Center.
37. Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce Coupe
Lamborghini has been known for naming most of their vehicles after famous bulls. The 1118 pound Aventador was a bull who caused a stir in the bull fighting arena back in 1993. He was slain, but he left his mark with the vehicle. It is the most fuel efficient Lamborghini on the market taking everything it can into consideration (the rear wing adjusts to three different positions depending on the speed of the vehicle).
The V12 6.5 liter engine delivers a whopping 691 horses. It will fly. Yet, for all of its brawn, luxury and sleek styling, there is one oddity about the Aventador you would never expect. Some of the interior controls are taken from the VW/Audi product line (check out the steering wheel and infotainment controls). If you want one, good luck. There is an 18 month waiting list. Essentially that means you would be waiting almost 2 years to part with $363,000. We think its totally worth it. Your wife? Probably not so much.
36. AMC Javelin
The AMC Javelin was two-door hardtop styled by Dick Teague and was released from 1968 – 1970 and 1971 – 1974. Fun Fact, the AMC Javelin won its Trans-Am race series in 1971, 1972, and 1976.
35. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
The Sesto Elemento, whose name translates to “Sixth Element” in English, is a limited edition supercar that debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Its name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, which is the primary material that the car’s body is made out of. Since it debut at the Paris automobile show in 2010, the Elemento remains popular among enthusiasts. It was one of the vehicles profiled in the Fast and the Furious movie series.
Here is the kicker if you want one. The list is short. There are only 20 in existence. It goes from 0-100kmh in 2.5 seconds, powered by a V10 that generates 570 horsepower. No wonder it was profiled in the movie. A few elements recall earlier models. The engine cover, for instance, opens in one unit just like the Miura from the 1960s. The 10 hexagon air outlets mirror the number of cylinders in the super legga engine. The rear bumper that looks like its floating was first seen on the Diablo-GT (this is the street legal version of the GTR race car).
34. Buick Roadmaster
The Roadmaster was produced by Buick from 1935 – 1958 and 1990 – 1996. The Roadmaster was Buicks flagship vehicle from 1946 to 1957.
33. Aston Martin Valkyrie
Valkyries are female figures who take fallen warriors to Valhalla, and the word was taken directly from Norse mythology. According to Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, “Aston Martin model names have deep meaning.” It owned the Geneva Auto show when it debuted in March of 2017. Here are a few things you should know. It has an engine built by Cosworth. Their collaboration with Aston Martin created a 6.5Liter V12 monster that produces a whopping 825 horsepower. It has a 1-1 power to weight ratio (an extremely light vehicle by normal standards and can go from 0-100 in under ten seconds. So while a Koenigsegg One:1 may have more power, the Aston Martin will outperform it every time in regards to speed. Rather than reinvent the wheel when it came to the build, Aston Martin allowed the same company responsible for developing the Ford Gt undercarriage to take the reins for the build out. The result is an impressive specimen that owns the road, with an incredibly awesome name.
32. Chevrolet Corvette
The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car since 1953. Myron Scott is responsible for naming the car. The car was originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri since 1981. It was moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky.
31. Pagani Huayra
The Huayra is an Italian built mid-engined sports car produced by Pagani. It is named after Huayra-tata, a Quechua wind god. Let’s take this car for starting with the engine. The BHP has been cranked from 730 to 778 with the torque shooting up from 738 foot-pounds to 811. The gearbox is lighter, 40% to be exact, and offers shifts twice as fast then previous models. The exhaust is been re-engineered to be a few kilograms lighter, and the make up of the car is an exotic carbon fiber compound, 20% stronger and 50% lighter than other carbon fibers. If you can’t tell, look at the body again. Almost every panel on the exterior was designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind. The way the entire car body opens up makes it look like a futuristic Transformer. To get your own it will cost you a pretty penny. Be prepared to pony up $2.35 million.
30. De Tomaso Mangusta
The De Tomaso Mangusta was a sports car produced from 1967 – 1971. The Mangusta was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Fun Fact, Mangusta is Italian for Mongoose.
29. Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
In Italian, the name Disco Volante means flying saucer. It’s based on the discontinued Alfa Romeo 8C Competitizione. The name was first associated with an Alfa Romeo prototype which debuted in 1952. This particular Alfa Romeo was wind tunnel tested and is the collaboration between the car manufacturer and popular coach builder Carrozzeria Touring. Three spiders made their debut in 1952, featuring a 2 L alloy four cylinder engine. One year later saw a modified version as well as a another version that looked like a conventional spider. Two other renditions were built and included a six cylinder 3.5 L engine harvested from the 6C 3000 CFM Alfa Romeo race car. Out of all the trial and error, four of the five still survive today. Originally designed to participate in sport races, this SuperCard classic has become a collector status symbol. Of course, an updated version was released at the 2012 Geneva motor show, turning heads with its lines that throwback to the original. You can buy your own if you have half $1 million lying around.
28. Dodge Magnum
The Dodge Magnum was introduced in 1978 and was assembled in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
27. Lamborghini Diablo
The Diablo is a high-performance mid-engined sports car that was built by Italian car manufacturer Lamborghini from 1990 through 2001. Diablo is a Spanish that translates to ‘devil’ in English. It’s 6.0 liter V12 engine generates 550 horsepower. It goes from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and instantly makes you the coolest person in town if you are lucky enough to own one. Perhaps the most notable thing about the car has nothing to do with performance. Look closely at the headlights. They don’t pop up. What was once a super car hallmark was finally being erased as other cars transitioned to the same style (think any modified Corvette C5). So why do the lights look familiar? Look at the Nissan 300 ZX. They have the exact same style. It seems Lamborghini took a cue and incorporated them into the Diablo. The resemblance is striking. I guess even the devil can wear cheap sunglasses if he wants to.
26. Dodge Rampage
The Dodge Rampage was a unibody based on the Chrysler L’s platform. The Rampage was also called the Plymouth Scamp.
25. Plymouth Fury
The Fury is an automobile that was produced by American auto manufacturer Plymouth from 1955 through 1989. The word signifies a type of anger, inspired by the Furies which are mythological creatures in Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman mythology. The Fury gained popularity throughout its production run from 1956-1974. Production can best be described as one of intrigue, betrayal and revenge. Car ownership seemed to echo that muse through the years.
The New York City Police Department adopted it to be used as one of its cruisers and of course, who could forget the most famous Plymouth Fury of all, Christine. However, something happened over the years. It became known for being less of a muscle car and more of a family sedan. One, owned by Joseph Vaillancourt, was driven as a cab since the mid 1960s. It reached racked up over 1.6 million miles. It was eventually involved in an accident with a truck. Canadian actor Michael Barette bought it and had it fully restored for a cost of $20,000. It was the highest mileage car in North America after all.
24. Dodge Viper
The Dodge Viper was a sports car produced from 1991 – 2010 and 2012 – 2017. The first generation Dodge Viper was designed by Tom Gale in 1990.
23. Lamborghini Huracan
The Lamborghini Huracán was a bull that fought in 1879 in the city of Alicante, Spain. Apart from the bull, the word Huracán also refers to ancient Mayan god, and it also translates to “storm”. The 2017 Huracan Performante made a statement at the Geneva Auto Show. It gives the consumer options. There is a rear wheel drive version for instance, a topless spider model (nice), and a few other limited edition models to make consumers drool. As for performance, well let’s just say that was the focus of the developers.
The Huracan set a new Nurburgring lap of 6:52 which beat out the much more expensive 2018 Porsche time of 6:57 which made some a bit skeptic since the Huracan uses the same engine as other models. Yet, Porsche and Lamborghini are both part of the Volkswagen family so there would be no motivation to lie. So how did Lamborghini create a record setting car with the same engine? They lightened the engine weight and improved the air intake. Not bad.
22. Eagle Talon
The Eagle Talon was a two-door all-wheel-drive hatchback coupé that was produced from 1989 – 1998.
21. Maserati Quattroporte
The Quattroporte is a four-door luxury sports sedan manufactured by Italian car maker Maserati. The name literally translates to “four doors” in Italian. Six generations of this car have been produced through 2016, with the first having been introduced in 1963. You can get the Quattroporte with either a 3.0 Liter V6 or 3.8 Liter V8 engine. An 8 speed gearbox helps this Maserati shift out smooth and solid. What makes the Quattroporte different than other versions is it’s faster, lighter and more efficient than previous models. Step inside and you feel like a king. The back sits like a limousine, the front roomy and outfitted with touchscreen controls. The Quattroporte is agile, but prepare to feel the road like you would in higher end BMWs. Over all it is an impressive ride, the V8 deceptively quieter than previous versions. This car will sneak uop and impress you.
20. Hudson Hornet
The Hudson Hornet was a full-sized car produced from 1950 – 1957. The car was assembled in Detroit and Kenosha, Wisconsin.
19. Maserati Merak
The Merak is an Italian sports car built by Maserati and was introduced in 1972, it essentially was a junior version of the Maserati Bora. Contrary to Maserati tradition, the name Merak doesn’t refer to a wind, but rather to one of the stars from the Great Bear constellation. The Merak and Bora resemble each other a bit. However, the Merak had a smaller 3.0 Liter V6 engine.
A smaller and more compact power train was employed to make room for back seats, but they are small. You could easily fit a couple of children in the rear seats, and maybe two very small adults. The space issues are all canceled out when you give it a drive. They are a blast! Part of the reason is because the engine may be somewhat familiar. You can find it in the Citreon SM. It was designed in 1967 by Guilio Alfieri and was modified after being used in the Merak to be a biturbo (twin turbo charged engine) that spanned the 1990s ending with the Ghibli. At the time it has the highest output of any other engine. Maserati is a master at fine tuning products for the long haul.
18. Lamborghini Countach
The Lamborghini Countach was a V-12 sports car produced from 1974 – 1990. The Countach has one of the early Italian designed car styles, the “Italian Wedge”. Marcello Gandini designed the LP500 concept car, while Paolo Stanzani design the production version.
17. Ford Mustang
Believed to have been named after an American feral horse which is typically small and lightly built, which is somewhat similar to the attributes of the vehicle itself. Although, nobody knows for sure why the name had been chosen. One thing we do know, the Ford Mustang was a breakout hit. More than 22,000 sold on the first day of release in 1964. Impressive. Ironically, the first one was sold by accident. Ford had a touring Mustang. it was simply to be used at the dealerships to help sell cars. It worked too well.
At a Newfoundland dealership, it was sold to a customer. He drove it for about 10,000 miles before the dealership could contact him and orchestrate a return. Once he did, he was given another Mustang, numbered 1,0000,001. The original is on display at the Ford museum as part of automobile history. Some would say Ford created its own history when it made the Mustang. Up until then, there was no “pony car” classification.
16. Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender was a British off-road vehicle that was developed from 1983 – 2016.
15. Lamborghini Reventón
Reventón is the name of a fighting bull raised by Don Heriberto Rodríguez. The bull was best known for killing Felix Guzmán who was a famous Mexican bullfighter in 1943. In line with Lamborghini tradition, Reventón was the name given to the vehicle. In Spanish, Reventón means ‘small explosion’. It also happens to be the most expensive model ever sold by Lamborghini. They run $1.6 million.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind the average Lamborghini runs about $1.2 million (obviously these are new dealership prices, used ones can be found for much less). There is a much cheaper way to drive one if you really get a wild hair. Every year Lamborghini holds a race series (Super Trofeo) designed for those who want to rent a race car for the event. All it takes is $30k. If that is not your style, you can always opt to ride with the Italian police. You won’t be in a Reventon, but you will be riding shotgun in a Gallardo. They use them to tranpsort organs.
14. Mercury Marauder
The Mercury Marauder was produced from 1963 – 1965, 1969 – 1970, and 2002 – 2004. The name Marauder first appeared in 1958 for the Mercury, Edsel, and Lincoln brands under Ford.
13. Ferrari Testarossa
The name Testarossa pays homage to the famous World Sportscar Champion back in 1957, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car. The word literally means “red head” in Italian and refers to the cam covers that are painted red and are sported by both their 12-cylinder engines. All of this stemmed from a ten year old boy and his dream. Enzo Ferrari’s father took him and his brother to a race in Bologna, Italy when Enzo was ten. From their, he was smitten. The production run of the Testarossa was extremely high.
Close to 10,000 vehicles were churned out from 1992-1996 making it on of Ferrari’s most coveted cars. If you notice, somewhere along the production run the TR initials were dropped in exchange for and M. It stands for modificato (modified) and is a subtle nod to the differences the Testarossa has undergone. At the center of it all was not engine performance, but rather, weight distribution. The end result was 42% front and 58% rear. Whatever it takes to keep the Ferrari glued to the road, eh?
12. Mitsubishi Raider
The Mitsubishi Raider was a pickup truck produced from 2005 – 2009. The Raider was largely based on the Dodge Dakota.
11. Maserati Ghibli
Ghibli is the name of three different cars manufactured by Italian car maker Maserati between 1966 through 2013. In line with the company’s tradition, the Ghibli is the name after the hot dry south-westerly wind of the Libyan desert. That’s no surprise, though. Our list has seen another Maserati named a after a wind (recall the Mistral earlier). So what makes this car so unique? It is made by Ferrari. Both are owned by parent company Fiat, so they often share parts.
Also, it’s a diesel. This makes you think of Mercedes with their diesel engine cars. Yet this 3 liter V6 spits out 275 horsepower. Add in car wifi, and a gas mileage yield of almost 50 mpg, and you can almost put up with the fake exhaust note. What, you didn’t know? The exhaust pipe has “sound actuators (think rudimentary speakers) inside that make it sound more like a traditional gas powered vehicle when you floor it. Maserati truly thought of every thing when they made the Ghibli.
10. Oldsmobile Cutlass
The Oldsmobile Cutlass was a marque car for General Motors from 1961 – 1999. The Cutlass dates back to 1954 as an experimental coupe.
9. Lamborghini Egoista
The Egoista is a concept car unveiled by Lamborghini during the company’s 50th anniversary. A fully functional prototype has been built and was based on the Lamborghini Gallardo. The word Egoista literally means “selfish” in Italian. Look at the car and its easy to see why. For starters, you have to remove the steering wheel to even access the driver cabin. That’s a pretty selfish car. Second, the engine is a beast.
We are talking about a 5.2 Liter V10 engine with 600 horses waiting to ride. Finally, the car is a one seater. The design was inspired by jet fighters, which brings clarity to a the name “Egoista”. The car is selfish, it can only accommodate one. Plus the car is so selfish it thinks it is a jet (much of the lighting rests on top rather than in front or on the side). if you want to see this concept car you can. It is one of the few concepts on display at the Lamborghini museum in Sant’ Agata Bolognese.
8. Oldsmobile Toronado
The Oldsmobile Toronado was a luxury car produced from 1965 – 1992. The Toronado originally began as a design painting by Oldsmobile stylist David North in 1962.
7. Maserati Biturbo
The Maserati Biturbo was a family of luxury sports cars, sedans and grand tourers produced between 1981 and 1994 by Italian auto manufacturer Maserati. The vehicle was named the Biturbo for the simple reason that the engines in these cars were equipped with twin turbochargers. Those are almost standard pieces of equipment for supercars today, but in the 1980s it was one more way to straddle the line between exotic and mass production. This is one of those cars where price to performance is more appealing than anything else. Plus, the large Swiss clock in the center of the dash is pretty boss. This was a volume car for Maserati. Today you can score one for somewhere between $5,000-$8,000 depending on the year and mileage. This car embodied where the company founder thought the car market was headed, turbos, small engines and mass production. He was wrong, but we still have the evidence.
6. Panoz Esperante
The Panoz Esperante was a sports car assembled in Braselton, Georgia.
5. Studebaker Avanti
This is a pretty impressive car made between 1962-1963. Why? It happened to break 29 records at the Bonneville Slat Flats for one. Plus, you won’t believe where the design concept came from. The new CEO (Egbert) sketched an idea on a napkin 37 days after taking the reins on a flight from west Chicago. The end result was a fiberglass model placed over a “Lark” body with a Hawk 289 engine providing power. Also, a notable feature at the time were the front disc brakes. When Studebaker closed its doors in 1963 the rumor was the company had thousands of Avantis gathering dust in a southern Indiana warehouse. They only had 5. The reason for the closure was ironically a production issue. The fiberglass warehouse could not keep up. Egbert had planned on selling 20,000 Avantis in 1962, but could only produce 1,200. Orders started being canceled left and right and the Avanti was history… cool name and all.
4. Jensen Interceptor
This car has a great name. Interceptor conjures up images of some sort of spy type nonsense. The car itself was a bit bi-polar. From 1950-1957 construction of the body panels was a mix of plastic with bits of glass to reinforce the exterior constitution. From 1966-1976 the body saw a return to all steel, much more worthy of the Interceptor name. Body production was also outsourced to Carrozzeria Touring of Italy rather than the in house production team. Chrysler engines were used and there was a wide assortment, ranging from a 383 cui to a 440 cui, the horsepower ranging from 250 to 330. However, its most distinguishing mark had to be the fishbowl rear window which doubled as a tailgate. You could race your buddies or have a picnic. Your call. Good luck after 1970 though. The rear window was a more pronounced part of the design.
3. Lykan HyperSport
So besides a cool name, what does the Lykan hold in store for a consumer. A hefty price tag for one. These have the distinguished privilege of being one of the most expensive super cars ever produced. Number three to be exact. You can own one for a mere $3.4 million (number two is the Lamborghini Veneo at $4.4 million and number one is the Maybach Exelero coming in at $8.8 million). You might remember the Lykan from Furious 7. The trailer featured the car jumping from one skyscraper to another (Etihad Towers to be exact). Getting one will prove to be a challenge. Only 7 were made. However, the Porsche engine under the hood would justify the purchase. There are 750 horses waiting to stretch out. This puts it on a performance scale with the Bugatti Veyron. It goes from 0-62 in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 245 mph. As for the meaning, let your imagination run free. Translations range from “strong” and “intense.” It could also be a play on lycan, meaning a werewolf.
2. Fisker Karma
If you own one of these you are in a class right up there with Jay Z. Karmas are rare for a few reasons. First, if you don’t know, the Karma is an electric-gasoline hybrid car touting all of the usual gas saving features you are familiar with. You can expect 52 mpge with the aid of the electric engine components and 20 in all gasoline mode. So what makes the car rare? Production had to be halted in November of 2013 when the battery supplier for the electric engine filed for bankruptcy. 1,800 initial units were shipped to the US before the bankruptcy incident with 1,600 being sold. A total of 2,699 were released worldwide with “laguna” being the most rare color. Only 75 were made in that shade. 31 of those were lost to hurricane Sandy leaving an utra-rare color run of 44. They have since regrouped under new owners. It has also been rebranded as the Karma Revero. Either way, Karma comes back around.
1. Lancia Delta Integrale
While the prevailing name is definitely awesome, the project name for this boxy Japanese family car might win the day. It was known as “Project Y”. Buzz started in the spring of 1971, but the car made its debut in September of the same year at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The base was a 4 speed with an additional 5 speed model offered as well. In 1980, it was given “Car of the Year” status by a panel of independent journalists from European countries. And while the styling might not turn any heads, you can find a good vintage 1980s model for about $25k. The mid 80s saw the introduction of the Lancia HF, which stood for high fidelity. It incorporated a 1.6 liter twin turbocharged engine, making it sound more impressive than it actually was. And while the original Lancia would fade in 1991, the HF would continue for two more years