Top 5 Rarest and Most Sought-after Vehicle Prototypes in History

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 11, 2016

Everything starts from scratch. Even the tallest buildings or the sturdiest ships always come from something that was made and developed to become the grandeur that it is in the present. Even people, in a way, start small and eventually grow with lessons learned from life.

This growth also happens even to our four-wheeled friends. Cars start from a prototype and from then on, several changes and developments happen to its exterior and interior, making it better, faster, more efficient and of a better quality than its prototype.

Most often than not, it is the prototype that stir the public’s interest first even before the real thing is released to the public. For collectors, it is worth every dollar and penny to invest in these prototypes especially the rarest ones.

You’ll never know when these things disappear from the face of the earth or if the car manufacturer would release the real version to the public so for a collector, it is best to own one than regret losing a collector’s item automobile prototype. Here are a few collector-worth prototypes that are the rarest of its kind.

Jaguar XJ220

First on our list is the Jaguar XJ220. There are only 275 Jaguar XJ220s that are flaunting its magnificence in the streets but there are even fewer of its prototypes that have seen the light of day.

Only five XJ220 prototypes were ever made. The prototypes are 7 inches shorter than the produced XJ220, 5.9 inches narrower and are lighter by 397 pounds. Each has a twin-turbo engine with a displacement between 3.2 and 3.5 liters.

The prototype #002, a red XJ220, was tested to sprint to 186 mph. Prototype #002 was sold in an auction in 2013 for an estimated $100,000 which is one of the biggest bargains in history.

McLaren 675LT

McLaren has just introduced its newest supercar, the McLaren 675LT; but the automaker is apparently in a hurry to sell its prototypes. One of its five prototypes was sold for $399,172. Not bad for its prototype as the production model was sold for $349,500 during its launch.

The 675LT was rebuilt to be sold and can run for 28 miles. It also has a small sticker indicating “VP433” meaning it is a Verification Prototype. Other than that, it’s certainly not bad to own a 675LT predecessor.

Shorty Mustang

Wouldn’t it be cool to flaunt a car that was never really made in the first place? Imagine people ogle as you flaunt your one of a kind ride and at the same time leaving them all wondering and interested in your four-wheeled show stopper.

If you are the kind who wants to leave a deep impression on people, then the Shorty Mustang is the right kind of car for you. This two-seat prototype has a front that came from a 1965 Mustang and a customized fiberglass rear.

It was designed by a company called Dearborn Steel Tubing for Ford but unfortunately it didn’t enter production. However, Dearborn Steel Tubing was able to save this prototype and it was sold in 2015 for an incredible $511,500. Truly a collector’s gem, isn’t it?

Ferrari F40

At first glance, the Ferrari F40 has the appearance of a real race car. This prototype is covered in racing livery and has actually competed in a GT racing event. There are eight of these prototypes that were first showcased at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show.

It has a 600 horsepower engine, bigger breaks, larger wheels and tires, as well as other weight-cutting features. It was sold for around $900,000 to $1.2 million at the RM auctions. However, the exact sale price was not announced.

Koenigsegg One:1

Last on our list of rare prototypes is none other than the Koenigsegg One:1. There are only seven prototypes that were made, with only one car used for auto shows. The Koenigsegg One:1 has also set world records even as a prototype. How amazing is that? It is currently up for sale for an amazing price of $6 million.

Fair price for this supercar prototype though as its manufacturers have promised that it will come with a full factory refresh and will probably be the most capable supercar in the face of the earth. How about taking the bait and the chance to own this super cool super prototype?

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