Five Amazing Automotive One-Offs

Manufacturers sometimes design amazing cars but produce one single vehicle, and this can happen for a quite a few reasons: a custom order, a special event, a car show. Here are five one-off luxury cars that will leave you truly impressed.

Ferrari P4/5

When you really want to prove to the world that you’ve made it, you commission Ferrari to build a custom car just for you. This is what James Glickenhaus did when he ordered the Ferrari P4/5 in 2005. Based on the Enzo model, the P4/5 was completely redesigned by Pininfarina design house. The car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3 seconds, has butterfly doors similar to those of the McLaren F1, and its exterior is made entirely of carbon fibre reinforced plastic.

Jaguar XJ13

Built in 1960 to contend in Le Mans race, the Jaguar XJ13 actually never competed. Its development was delayed in order to complete the XJ6 model. By the time the first XJ13 was finally produced, the design had become obsolete and the regulations for the Le Mans race had changed. In order to race, prototype cars could have engines of up to 3 litres while the Jaguar XJ13 boasted a 502hp 5.0-liter V-12 engine. The car was put into storage until 1971 when it was used for the promotional filming of the V-12, and almost got destroyed during an accident. The car was repaired and is now displayed at the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Collection.

Renault Espace F1

Renault Espace F1 - World of Wheels in Des Moines, Iowa

Image via Flickr by Eddy Clio

  The 1995 Renault Espace F1 is the plus ultra of the “quick vans” if we want to call it so. At a first glance, it looks like someone combined an Espace minivan body shell with the technical gear of a Formula 1 car and indeed, it’s exactly what happened here. The project was carried out by Renault, which was building a V10-powered Formula 1 car at the time, and Matra, builder of the Espace minivan for the French manufacturer. The Renault Espace F1’s body is made of carbon fiber and kevlar, and its 3.5-liter RS5 V-10 engine makes quite a unique roaring for a van!

Chevrolet Corvette Rondine Pininfarina Coupe

Built for the 1963 Paris Auto Show, the Chevrolet Corvette Rondine Pininfarina Coupe is considered by many enthusiasts the most beautiful Corvette ever produced. The car was designed by Tom Tjaarda, who was working at the Pininfarina design house in Italy at the time. Based on the Corvette C2, its design combines the C2’s mechanics and frame with a classic European taste and an elegant design. The Rondine Coupe features a 327ci, 4-speed manual, fuel-injected V8 engine, and is currently kept at the Pininfarina Museum in Turin, Italy.

Citroen GT

Have you ever dreamt of driving one of the supercars of Gran Turismo? The Citroen GT is the real-world version of the car that was designed for Gran Turismo 5, a popular racing video game. The GT is the result of the collaboration between Citroen and the racing simulation developer Polyphony Digital. Although the car in Gran Turismo features four electric motors, which deliver 780hp, the real-world car uses a 646hp V8 petrol engine. Originally Citroen planned to produce six GTs and sell them to the public for the whopping price of $2.1 million, but eventually the plans fell through and production was never started.