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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. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,074

    Ned Ludd

    I was at Harrah's in the '70s, so there's quite a list. But outside that sort of context, there was a Bugatti T13 - swb but not sure if it's a genuine Brescia - at a local outdoor car show a few years ago.
  2. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,047

    Dave Mc

    It was Built by me,I really wanted a Vicky and did not have the funds to buy one,but I have been cutting cars up and putting them back together all my life so I transformed a derelict Fordor into is the build thread
  3. MrModelT
    Joined: Nov 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,659


    This monster is not a Model Z, it is actually a 1911 Olds "Limited"....the largest American production car ever built. 138" wb...707 ci T-head 6-cyl and 42" wheels. This car stands 8 ft tall with the top up and will do well over 90 mph in top gear.

    Only a handful survive today.

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  4. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,928


    Is that the car that was custom made from a sedan? I recall reading about it somewhere.
    That may be why it's the only one.
  5. RobTC
    Joined: Jan 19, 2010
    Posts: 4


    Back in the mid 70's, before I had a license, the first car I ever drove was my father's 1963 Facel Vega Facel II. As I recall there were about 180 of them made, give or take. Inasmuch as my father was out of town on business at the time and inasmuch as I rear ended our 1968 Barracuda as I was trying to put the Facel back in the garage, it was also almost the last car I ever drove.

    Years later I purchased a 1984 Mustang anniversary edition turbo convertible. It was rare for a Mustang (100 or so made) but still was just another Mustang in most ways.
  6. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,320

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    It was '99.

    And that original upolstery proved to be of historical interest. One of the guys that does Auburn/ Cord upolstery used facotry patterns, but had never before verified some of the material combinations, becuase there wer no original upolstery cars to inspect.
  7. creepjohnny
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 875

    from Sunland,CA

    1937 pontiac hearse. Got bought out from under me : (

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  8. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    I sold a set of Rallye 1's to a guy in 1991 or so. He had a swiss cheese Catalina there, but the real surprise was an aluminum Pontiac frame he had standing against the wall inside his garage. I didn't believe him at first, until he insisted I grab ahold of it. He got it from a Pontiac family in Missouri, whose name I don't recall. It was for sale a few years ago, $50,000.00. His name was Phil Heck, in Gallipolis, Ohio.
  9. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    A 1 of 320 made 1963 Catalina 421 t-10 4 speed factory tach car. It had been in a barn since 1977. One owner car. I bought it. Had the facts verified by PHS. Still keep in touch with the original owner. He's coming out this spring to my place to see progress on it.
  10. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,352

    from michigan

    I've had a few rare early chevs. Had a 31' Phaeton, only 852 produced and 31' Landau Phaeton, similar to Ford's B-400. Currently working on 31 chev Cabriolet.
  11. VTjunk
    Joined: Jul 5, 2013
    Posts: 286


    I rode with a friend a few times in his 31 Cadillac V16 9 passenger sedan. He hated Fords of the sane era because of the claims that the flathead 8 was so fast. One day he took the Cadillac up to 100mph, which it did with ease, just to show me what a "real" car was capable of back then. More than impress, it scared me because it was an unrestored car that had seen long periods of storage between driving.

    As far as owned, I had an import not mentionable here, but set the rallye racing world on its head.
    Also had a 67 Ford Custom 2 door post that was special ordered delete everything, 390 4speed, posi rear. Turned out to be 1 of 11 Customs with that drive train, and the only one in that color.

    Another, a 63 Falcon Sprint convertible, 4speed with power brakes and power steering, in rose beige color. The color alone made it rare, but with the power brakes and steering I'm sure it was ordered special and quite rare. Never seen another one.
  12. That '53 Skylark convertible, I sold, I never did hear from the Austrailian guy again.

    So I sold it again to a local guy who restored one from pieces of three. That wasn't a bad deal, I paid $100 for the body and frame, then went back a week later and spent $50 more for the bent up hood and fenders. All told I made over $3000 on it.

    Since then I've picked up another Stude Rockne, a '32 Model 75. Well, I got the body anyhow, and the tag. Supposed to be less than 100 of those anywhere.
  13. chinarus
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 499

    from Georgia

  14. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 967

    Bert Kollar

    I was introduced to this car in 1947 (I was very young) It is a 1930 Jordan Ace 8 roadster and is the only one in the world. My friend Laddie owned it and he is responsible for me starting to work on cars. In 1954 my first car blew a head gasket and I asked Laddie if he would fix it, He said no but I could use his place, tools and he would show me how to do it. That started it all. Laddie was a car guy from the 20's through out his life. He used to hang out at the Jordan plant here in Cleveland and was familiar with this car when it was being built. It is one of two prototype cars built and the only one in existence. When Laddie died the car was bought by a local collector and restored to Concours condition by Jim Capaldi here in Willoughby Ohio. I tried for 50 years to talk Laddie into selling it to me, or his 1947 Cadillac convertible he owned since 1947, but no luck. I was thrilled to see this car in restored conditioned. It is beautiful and museum quality.

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  15. oldcarguygazok
    Joined: Jun 20, 2012
    Posts: 401

    from AUSTRALIA.

    The car I recently purchased, a 1937 Vauxhall DX MK11 3W Coupe,i can't find a pic of one anywhere! can you?
  16. Dyno Dave
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 248

    Dyno Dave

    Rare Oldsmobile, in the early 60's I started working for a small Olds dealership in Walla Walla, WA. In '68/'69 when returning from lunch saw a dark metallic blue (a non-stock color) '66 F-85 442 club coupe with black & gold California plates, mag front wheels and steel rims on the rear sitting in one of shop driveways. As I got closer saw what looked like home made Ram-Air inlets through the bumper, the battery was being charged so the hood was up, then saw the factory chrome valve covers, oil filler tube & cap and shiny Manta-Ray shaped tri-power air cleaner. Looked inside the car, radio & heater delete plates were in place, this would of been 1 of 54 W-30 optioned 442's factory built in 1966. As I write this I remembered that the battery should of been trunk mounted in the W-30 package, that long ago my memory is a little vague on this point. But, what a great street racer this F-85 should have been.
    Happy Holidays, DYNO DAVE
  17. Barn Hunter
    Joined: Feb 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,372

    Barn Hunter

    Ran across a Messerschmitt in a garage once. I now have a lead on a 1917ish Stutz roadster in a garage, last seen about 30 years ago, but might still be there...gotta follow that one up!
  18. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,981


    VW wanted to buy this one. A bit out of my range! :rolleyes:

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  19. devilleish
    Joined: Jan 15, 2007
    Posts: 251

    from Tampa, FL

    The rarest car I have ever owned was my el strippo special ordered '69 302 Falcon coupe.

    Delivered by a blind carrier pigeon.
  20. i know of a marquette....late 20s...or early 30s....
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 846

    from Holly

    1965 DeTomasso Mangusto. Sports car, mid engine, 440 MoPar powered. I drove it. Brutal.. fast..:D
  22. cruisin32ford
    Joined: Jul 31, 2012
    Posts: 79


    Trying to build my 1st rod a 39 Chevy in about 1975 I found a late 20s rare boattail speedster body in Roanoke Va. Looked like a 26 or 27. Had the oval hole in the back sloped deck. I sold some old parts and paid $100.00 for it. Solid old body. Never wanted to sell it, to poor to keep it. Needed money to get the old chevy on the road, somebody offered me $200.00. Embarressed to say what the guy got for it at Hershey! I've always had to buy and sell to build! Getting ready to do it again.
  23. whtbaron
    Joined: Sep 12, 2012
    Posts: 570

    from manitoba

    Came across a Brooks steam car in a private collection. It was original and unrestored, and had a boiler wrapped with piano wire for strength. They were Canada's version of the Stanley Steamer built in Ontario in the 20's. Something like 180 made... less than 14 known to still exist.
  24. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,656


    1960 facel vega with a 383 chrysler automatic..owned it for a week , was stored behind a warehouse , they destroyed the car by running forklift blades through it...i paid 300.00 and sold it a week later for 3 grand.....
  25. juhap
    Joined: Nov 16, 2006
    Posts: 110

    from Finland

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  26. bobadame
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 174


    In the early '60s, a stock AC Bristol aluminum bodied sports car. This is the body that Shelby used to create the AC Cobra. It was in the neighbors back yard.
  27. Lou39
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 127

    from Cedar, MI

    A Bocar, powered by an early Corvette fuelie, in a private collection in Traverse City, MI. Saw one run at the old Meadowdale in '59/'60.
  28. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,205


    Great thread, lets not jeopardize it with OT stuff. Hate to see this one shut down, there's some great reading here. Just a friendly reminder.
  29. Kansas Old School
    Joined: Sep 16, 2011
    Posts: 38

    Kansas Old School
    from Kansas

    I found a Yellow 59 Eldorado Convertible behind a house in Orlando Fla while driving a taxi cab. It was a factory bucket seat car, I told my friend about it and he bought it for 300.00. This was around 1980. He sold the car for 2900 and it went to Sweden. He thought he made a killing.
  30. lordairgtar
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 416


    The rarest car I came across was a De Dion Bouton from 1899 or thereabouts. Also seen a Metz, a high wheeler truck.

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