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what is the rarest car you have come across

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by davesville, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. ltex old iron
    Joined: Dec 10, 2008
    Posts: 515

    ltex old iron

    ive got a 49 kaiser pretty uncommon..i found a 29 star, durant motors car and have the grill from it..and ive got a barn find 3 window coupe nash...nothing really too rare but not really common either...
  2. haulAss or GTFO
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 59

    haulAss or GTFO

  3. Dave Downs
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 866

    Dave Downs
    from S.E. Penna

    1939 Tatra 2 door, converted from right hand drive to left hand drive by orders of Hitler after he invaded Czechlosvakia (sp?)

    Saw it yesterday in a barn

    No, I am not making this up
  4. 55chevr
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 959


    A friend had a 1935 Oldsmobile coupe. I have never even seen a photo of one. It had a straight eight that threw a rod through the block. He replaced it with a big block Chevy motor. The body resembled a Chevy coupe on steriods. Pretty solid original car with some minor rust out. Not sure who has it now but it is probably still on Long Island.
  5. Harleyguy
    Joined: Aug 27, 2008
    Posts: 4

    from California

    Just saw it yesterday- a Nash-Healey produced sometime in the 50's. The body had a "F" badge on it (designed by Farina? sp?).
  6. A hotrod that is actually finished. Haven't seen one yet.
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  7. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,659


    My good friend has an all original, running 1906 Holsman Auto-Buggy Model 10 Runabout, a restored 1909 Brush Runabout, a 1913 White GAF "30" and a 1917 Hupmobile Model N. I also know another gentlemen with a all original, one owner 1909 Pope-Hartford Roadster.

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  8. Mark Hinds
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 561

    Mark Hinds
    from pomona ca

    How this for rare. 1959 Raymond Lowey concept car. It was parked in the ALLEY. Old time drag racers know where that is in so cal...

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  9. leaded
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 326

    from Norway

    In the ´mid ´80s my boss got this 54 caddy Eldorado cab w/ original double headlights & ´59 Eldorado cab with bucket seats, approx 90 made!

    and a 57 brougham was also running in the city

    Mercury 56 Sun valley with plexiroof:

    1925 Franklin, still in the town, by same owner the last 30y.

    Bantam roadster, also in the city still:

    my/ & brothers very rare 55 olds rocket 88 cab:

    And a very interesting rare Packard ´38, one of only two made:
  10. HealeyRick
    Joined: May 5, 2009
    Posts: 558

    from Mass.

    In 1969, I looked at an Aston Martin DB2 Coupe with a 327 'vette motor in Boston. Had an altimeter installed in the dash and was said to be a factory Monte Carlo Rallye car. Seller wanted $1.800 for it and I told him I'd take it, but someone else had right of first refusal. Still brings tears to my eye.

  11. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    How about these......

    1) In high school, circs 1973 or so, a buddy had a '66
    Pontiac Acadian SD (Canadian Pontiac clone of a Nova
    SS) with a factory L79 350hp 327. L79 Novas were
    somewhat rare, but probablly no more than a handfull
    of Acadians got built with the L79.

    2) About 1979 - I found a very rough but complete and
    running '70 Plymouth Superbird with a "For Sale' sign on
    it at a trucking company yard near St. Catharines Ontario.
    Originally a 440-6 pack car, it had been converted to a
    383 4BBl engine to get it running in order to sell it - but
    the deal included the 6-pack carbs and intake set-up
    and the original, severely blown-up 440 engine. I
    'coulda-shoulda-woulda' bought it for $1500 but at the
    time I wouldn't offer more than $1200 fo it and the owner
    wouldn't take a penny less than the $1500 he wanted.

    3) A '59 Chev sedan delivery, ex-Junior Stock drag car I
    found in a rural boneyard near Niagara Falls Ontario. No
    motor or trans in it but from the lettering still visible
    on the hood and fenders, the car had had a 290hp-283 F.I.
    motor in it. Most probably it hadn't originally come off the
    assembly line with a fuelie motor, but 250 and 290 hp fuel
    injected 283s were theoretically an available factory option
    on '59 Chev passenger cars (and thus a legal NHRA
    stock class combination), so who knows? A '59 Chev sedan
    delivery is comparitively rare. just in itself and if this one
    turned out to actually be an original 290-283 fuelie car,
    it have to rank right up there with the rarest of the rare.
    I tried to buy the car for a long time, goinig back at least a
    couple of times a year over a 5 or 6 year period, but the yard
    owner wouldn't sell anything he had whole - parts only. The
    last time I went back, about 15 years ago the owner had died,
    the yard sold, cleaned out and everything crushed.

    4) About 1977 - a '67 or '68 Isso Griffo coupe. Isso Griffos
    where Italian built semi-exotic sports touring cars that
    used SBCs for power This one was a factory 350hp-327 - 4
    speed car. It sat on a used car lot in Burlington Ontario for
    several months before it finally found a buyer. The car lot
    was asking $3500 for it. A lot of money back then for a 9 or
    10 year-old used anything, but it'd probably be worth 15 or
    20 times that now.

    5) Around 1983 - I came across a 1933 or '34 Packard V12
    Victoria coupe and a 1940 Graham Hollywood with factory
    supercharger stored in an old warehouse near Guelph Ontario.
    Cars were rough, unrestored but complete. For a while I
    thought I'd hit upon one of those mythical 'fantastic barn
    finds' that you allways hear about, but never seem to happen.
    Then I did a bunch of searching, asking the neghbors etc
    and eventually found out the cars were owned and being
    stored there by a very noted local collector.

    6) About 1984, a 1960 Edsel Villagar 9-passenger wagon
    in a metal recycling yard in Hamilton Ontario. At the time,
    I had no idea how rare 1960 Edsels were, and particularly
    the the 1960 wagons. According to "The Edsel Page"
    ( there were only 76 9-pasenger wagons
    and 216 6-passenger Edsel wagons built in 1960! The car
    wasn't rusted badly, was complete and was fairly loaded
    with a 352-4bbl, auto, Town & Country radio, power
    steering, brakes windows and seats. I 'coulda, woulda,
    shoulda' bought the car on the spot for it's scrap metal
    price - but didn't because I had no idea that it was anything
    special or particularly worth saving. As it was, I managed to
    stall the guy running the crusher just long enough to
    scavange the 4bbl Holley carb off the engine and the Town
    & Couintry radio out of the dash, to use for swap meet fodder.

    7) About 1984 - in 2 separate boneyards, I came across the 2
    1973 Vega GTs with the "Millionth Vega" trim package (option code
    ZM5). I'm not sure how rare the "Millionth Vega" package was
    but I've never seen any others. At the time, I was searching for
    a decent Vega body to put a V8 into, but both these "Millionth
    Vega" package cars were rust buckets, pretty much stripped
    of parts and too far gone to salvage.

    8) About 1990-91 - on a used car lot in Hamilton Ontario
    - An '84 Lincoln MKV11, with a factory installed 2.4L BMW
    diesel Suppoesdly less than 500 Lincolns were made with
    this engine. I don't recall the asking price, but it sat there
    a long time before it sold.

    Last edited: Jun 28, 2009
  12. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    Hmmm?? Let me know if you need any flux capacitors.
    I've a few extra ones left over from when I built my
    machine that I'll let go for cheap! :D
  13. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    '39 Tatras are definetly real enough and kind of neat,
    what with their air-cooled, rear mounted, hemi-head
    V8s and swoopy fastback styling,.....but the part
    about Hitler supposedly having this one - or any one
    for that matter, "converted" to LHD sounds pretty bogus.
    Czech cars - like the cars made in *every* European
    country of the time, other than Britain - already where

  14. Xdrag48
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
    Posts: 467


    When i was 12 or 13 my dads friend had a junkyard.Almost every saturday we would go over for parts or buy cars,as my dad worked for a car dealer.I was looking around the back of the yard and found the greatest looking car ever! Wow it looked looked a space ship....I went to find my dad and he said it was a Tucker.It was scraped along with a cool looking pickup my dad said was a 57 camino.I watched the guy run a fork into the bedside and was amazed it was not steel.(i guess it a kid thing huh )
    ......I guess back then they had no value......

  15. The Cap'n
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 117

    The Cap'n
    from Kansas

    That's a 41, and there were definitely more than 2 convertibles made that year :)

  16. LesIsMore
    Joined: Apr 8, 2008
    Posts: 445

    from Ohio

    Have two buddies that both have rare cars:

    One has a 1966 Griffith, the last one ever made Serial# 6006010 #10 of 10, very nice, documented and for sale.

    Second guy has a 53 or 54 Hudson Italia can't remember like number 14 or something, one of the missing ones I believe, pretty crazy, but neat and super low production.
  17. Parts48
    Joined: Mar 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,302

    from Dry Heat
    1. Hot Rod Veterans

    1930 Marquette...



    401 Nailhead..Dynaflow. Corvair front end..8" Ford rear. Very cool to me..and what Hot Rods are about. Built in a garage by the owner from a real basket of parts..

    Sounds very nice..interesting project still working on body.
    He's looking at Gray outside gloss..with dark Maroon guts..
    Interesting evening at a small cruise in...
  18. f100kid
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 73

    from So-Cal

    a 1970 ford mustang convertible with a fuel injected rocket v8 that came from the factory. there was something else rare about the motor but i cant remember. only 5 were ever made stock. i got to ride in it, it was fast and fun as hell.
  19. Harry Bergeron
    Joined: Feb 10, 2009
    Posts: 345

    Harry Bergeron
    from SoCal

    1976, southern England, small rural junkyard, a Rolls Sliver Ghost with the remains of a WW1 military ambulance body, apparently made out of something like linoleum.

    The Silver Ghost was so sturdy they made some into armored cars, which is what Lawrence of Arabia used out in the deserts, and dozens were still around into WW2.

    I didn't think much of it at the time, not having a useable body on it, but it would make quite a home-built roadster.
  20. As Pebble Beach was last weekend.....

    1957 NASH RAMBLER Pinn-Farina 'Palm Beach' concept....1 of 1



    THE 1955 Cadillac Ghia Bodied Coupe

    1914 Stellite 8/10hp 2 Seater...less than 12 built.
  21. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,440

    from Michigan

    Had a chance to sit in a "Brush" from the teens owned by a man north of here in Metamora. It had been restored so long ago, it didn't look restored! Roadster model. Small car. I had never heard of one.
  22. motorhead711
    Joined: May 7, 2008
    Posts: 737


    I know a guy in town who had his 1948 tucker for sale!! He said it was number 18 of 51 made. He moved to lake county from San Diego area about 5 years ago, has some real nice cars, but the tucker is by far the rarest car I've ever come close to. And of course he never sold the car. He's had it various car museums in California and Nevada over the last several years.
  23. davesville
    Joined: Dec 13, 2006
    Posts: 364


    wow what a tough looking coupe.i get so excited when brave people turn long forgotten rare cars into a thing of beauty.great pics too A32
  24. Toast
    Joined: Jan 6, 2007
    Posts: 3,885

    from Jenks, OK

    I used to own a one of 21 built 65 Coronet 426 street wedge 4 speed convertibles. When I got it it had 17,000 miles on it and most of those were back and forth to and down the drag strip! I had it about 12 years ago, wish I had never sold it!:(
  25. davesville
    Joined: Dec 13, 2006
    Posts: 364


    b.t.w has anyone heard of wolvorine .i think they came from the same marque .not sure on the spelling .have seen one before a few years back.nothing on google about this one.any help ?:):):)
  26. Wow,some great cars pictured and mentioned here.

    How about something a bit later? The car in my avatar was one of the very few 12.5:1 cr,aluminum front clip,hardtop-body Max Wedge cars produced. I've been told that less than ten each of Dodge and Plymouth MW lightweight hardtops were built at Lynch Road(Plymouth) and The Main/Hamtramck(Dodge) plants. I've not seen any documentation verifying the exact amount.

    Damn;I actually owned it at one time!
  27. davesville
    Joined: Dec 13, 2006
    Posts: 364


    al if its late or early it does not matter as long as its rare.there were many pace cars that have been long forgotten and many stock cars also.this thread is about rarity .the year is not so important dave
  28. cammer427
    Joined: Jan 17, 2009
    Posts: 83

    from Canada

    Hard to say, there aren't a whole lot of ultra rare cars in my area. I would include a 1963 Plymouth Belvedere 426 Wedge Lightweight - 1 of 117 produced and 1 of 2 shipped to Canada. The owner and a friend of his raced professionally in the U.S. back around '65 with the likes of Sox & Martin, Dick Landy, Arnie Beswick, etc.
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2009
  29. unkamort
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,015


    Heres are pics of that car in its glory days. Thats Lowey, taken in Italy as memory serves...


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  30. Found this 1967 AMC Marlin fastback today. Price is $200.00. Total production was around 2554! The car is beat but has a black interior with console and the hard to get parts are there other than some glass.Trunk lid is fixable but rusty. Good parts car I suppose or a restoration project for someone with deep pockets.

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