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History low & rare production numbers - all makes would be interesting

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  1. clem
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    thanks, - that explains all the odd looking aussie ‘33 - ‘34 5 window I see in photos !
    Something I had never quite understood for 40 years......
     
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  2. wicarnut
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    I wish I could remember all the cars that I've seen at shows and cruises that were low production rare cars as I've been told that on so many occasions that I just blow it off as the usual car hobby BS. My Kaiser Darren post #55, I saw one in a body shop here in the north woods of Wisconsin under restoration, recalled the car and looked up the production number and found a picture. I do not know if that car was finished as I did hear the owner passed away and his car collection was sold. A local contractor that did some work for us bought one of the cars from the collection, very large and full of high dollar cars I was told, never met the man or saw his collection, lived around 5 miles from me.
     
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  3. Dick Stevens
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    Only 300 1953 Corvettes were produced
     
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  4. But gee, when I look at ads on C@*&$%list, I see a lot of "rare" cars.
     
  5. Has anyone mentioned the Tucker 48 yet? They only made 50, plus 1 prototype. I took this photo with the grandkids at the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. 20170421_135055.jpg 20170421_134934.jpg 20170421_135254.jpg
     
  6. I can't find my pics, but I used to own a 1956 Pontiac sedan delivery, one of 1583 built and very few left as all it took was a dash and front sheet metal swap and you had a 55 Chevy....
     
  7. DDDenny
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    In 1964, Chevrolet was considering offering the new Chevelle with the 327/365 hp Corvette engine option (L76), this is the solid lifter single four barrel version of the famous fuel injected engine, it was even mentioned in early assembly manuals.
    Most would call this a prototype but based on the article below there were a small handful of them actually built, interesting theories have been bantered about for years.
    Anyone else heard of these cars?

    https://www.quartoknows.com/blog/quartodrives/stillborn-chevelle
     
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  8. Dave Mc
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    My Dad built three of these Miniature Tenwheelers in his lifetime first one in 1954 , last one 1997
    IMG_0189.JPG IMG_0188.JPG Dad's Truck Rod&Custom nov.56 1.jpg Dad's Truck Rod&Custom nov. 56 3.jpg Dad's Truck Rod&Custom nov. 56 2.jpg Dad's Truck Rod&Custom nov. 56 4.jpg Dad's Truck Nov. 56 Rod & Custom.jpg Dad's Truck Rod & Custom Nov. 56.jpg our pic`s 182.jpg
     
  9. kabinenroller
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    Yes the Tucker 48 was a very low production vehicle, my father and his brothers were in the group of car dealers who purchased a Tucker dealership. The factory had demo Tuckers that would tour the dealers so they were able to “sell” to customers for future delivery. Here is a photo of my father taken in 1948 with a Tucker demo, note the dealer plates. I also attached a photo that I took at Pebble Beach a few years ago when Tucker was the featured marque. There were 12 examples on display including the Tin Goose and a complete chassis.
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  10. jay t.
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    FF4C5EE5-1044-434F-AEC6-7379492A0DED.png My 65 Falcon sedan delivery original v8 car. Falcon website says only 649 built. No breakdown of v8 only
     
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  11. DDDenny
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    Here is another one, heard that it went to either New Zealand or Australia.

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  12. 41 GMC K-18
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    I have always loved the weird and oddball stuff , so this one does qualify . Its the 1963 Westinghouse/Studebaker prototype pick up truck, they only built one ! It Lives in the Studebaker museum.

    63 studebaker prototype # 3.jpg 63 studebaker prototype .jpg 63 studebaker prototype #2.jpg
     
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  13. Joe H
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    How about one of one, 1911 Stanley Steamer runabout. I rebuilt all the pumps and valves, then replaced the engine block. It was my uncles car for many years. IMG_0034 touched.jpg
     
  14. Stan Back
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    Sedan Pix copy.jpg

    This 1928 Mercury Torpedo Sedan prototype was built in California. Al Simon designed the chassis in Fontana and several metal-smiths finished the custom body work in San Bernardino. It has a V-6 engine, 3-speed automatic transmission and adapted Ford rear end along with bespoke Halibrand wheels. Apparently it was a one-off pre-production vehicle although I 've been told there is a 1928 Mercury Sedan in the Temecula area, but it's not the Torpedo model.
     
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  15. jnaki
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    upload_2021-4-30_3-43-45.png from April 1957

    Hello,

    I was doing some research on Suburban Pontiac for a story about a friend who bought the only Pontiac hardtop sedan in all of our teenage group’s Chevy world.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/auto-dealerships.1084547/page-3#post-14029153 I decided to keep this photo out of the information on the Suburban Pontiac dealership story in the Auto Dealership Thread. It was a rare one indeed. A 375 H.P. fuel injected Pontiac Convertible that would have pushed it into the SS class in 1957. But, the different local dragstrips all over, had their own classifications during this early drag racing era. most were standard, but there were some odd names and lettering to accommodate all that came stock out of Detroit.
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    Jnaki

    Although we did see plenty of Pontiac Sedans in our A/Stock class, we did not see a convertible racing in the SS class or some places, in the F stock classes. Finally in July-August of 1957, a result of the races was posted. It is possible that the 375 hp Pontiac Convertible was around and winning the trophies over some Chevys in those various classes.


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  16. jimmy six
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    Less GMC’s
     
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  17. Mike
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