24 Limited Edition Cars in the World

Limited Edition Cars
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You may have dreamed of owning one of these cars, but unless you’re in the 1%, it will most likely never come true.

The good news is that you can at least enjoy their beauty from afar and imagine how awesome it would be to drive them!

We’ve compiled a list of limited edition cars from over the years that are no longer being produced but are still worth drooling over.

Scroll through this list and see if there’s anything that sparks your interest – hopefully, it will inspire you to work hard and save up so you can buy your dream car someday!

2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

If you want to blow almost $2 million on a car, you don’t want it to be a limited edition, and you want it to be unique, like a one-of-one. With only one in existence, that’s what we have here: the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport. 

Besides some carbon fiber bits and no roof (it’s a convertible), it has all of what makes other Veyron Super Sports awesome—like a 1,001 horsepower engine and 261 mph top speed.

2010 Pagani Zonda

The Pagani Zonda is one of, if not THE rarest and limited edition cars. First produced in 1999, only 30 units were made with a price tag equivalent to an average house.

An additional twenty pre-production cars were produced from 1996-1998 before becoming fully integrated into production. 

With only 20 units made in total, you’d better start saving up because it will set you back somewhere around $3 million! Made from titanium and carbon fiber, its name means thunder in Italian and is powered by a 7.3L V12, which produces 760hp and 575lb-ft torque at 6100 pm.

Roll Royce Phantom

When it comes to making luxury vehicles, few are as respected and well-known as British automaker Rolls-Royce. The company has been crafting luxurious cars since 1904 and is now considered one of the most prestigious automakers in history. 

Sure, every Rolls-Royce model is made with bespoke precision, but they all have one thing in common—they’re jaw-droppingly expensive.

For example, 2017’s brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom starts at $445,000, while 2015’s BMW i8 (that has nothing to do with our list) costs a measly $135,700. However, rare and unique models can considerably break that price tag.

Maserati GranTurismo

The Maserati GranTurismo was announced in 2006 and took to European roads in late 2007. The performance car is named after its Turismo Internazionale style, a luxury sports car with a four-seater, 2+2 configuration. 

This one of the limited edition cars is equipped with a four-wheel-drive; it can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph.

There are six different models for you to choose from, with varying prices depending on color and optional extras. If you want one now, you’ll have to be on a waiting list until at least 2016—and that’s only if they still make them by then!

BMW 18 Protonic

The BMW 18 protonic is among the limited edition cars created by Polish automobile manufacturer Baryszew, which was first shown at the IAA Nutka 2001.

It was unveiled to celebrate 100 years since production started on vehicles in BMW’s factory in Germany and was designed as an homage to some early classic models. 

The car is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and water-cooled engine, which can reach speeds of up to 140 mph with a range of up to 500 miles between refills.

It has been described as very German, but it hasn’t made it into mass production because, although efficient and environmentally friendly, it’s costly to build and doesn’t run on much else than hydrogen.

Jeep 75 Anniversary Range

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Jeep introduced a new special edition, Wrangler Rubicon and Cherokee. The commemorative models have styling elements and a numbered badge to show off their limited-edition cars. 

Available in either two- or four-door body styles, both vehicles come with bronze exterior paint along with bronze finishes on bumpers, grille, door handles, and other exterior accents.

Deep-tint window glass helps prevent UV damage. Inside, grippy Katzkin leather seats provide a premium look and feel, while floor mats are emblazoned with 75th-anniversary logos.

2018 Bugatti Chiron

It’s rare to see a car worth $2.5 million, alone one you can only dream of driving. The Bugatti Chiron is one such dream-worthy vehicle: it boasts an 8-liter 16-cylinder engine with four turbochargers and 1,500 horsepower at its disposal.

And yet, you don’t have to spend that much time dreaming about it—it’s yours for $2.5 million. That might seem like a lot, but when you compare it to other million-dollar vehicles (think McLaren P1), a price tag starts to make sense—even if it’s still high by any measure. Check out our list below for more limited edition cars that command prices in that six-figure range!

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato is, by many accounts, one of Aston’s most beautiful cars. The collaboration between Zagato and Aston Martin produced one of the limited edition cars, which was unveiled in January 2012 at Top Marques in Monaco. A mere 99 examples were produced, making it one of the rarest cars you can ever own. 

Due to its unique design and performance, it has been displayed at international auto shows and events around Europe.

Including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where Jay drove it around for about 10 seconds before telling his audience how he’d like to have $350,000 right now so he could own one.

Aston Martin Vulcan

Many refer to a $3 million marvel, Aston Martin Vulcan, as a hypercar. No one has driven it yet, as only 24 copies are scheduled to be made.

An 800-horsepower V12 engine powers the vehicle, and Aston Martin states that its top speed is over 240 miles per hour. As of right now, it’s considered to be one of the rarest cars in existence.

McLaren P1 GTR

The McLaren P1 GTR is a car that exists in your imagination and reality, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about.

Not only is it one of the limited edition cars in existence, with its top speed approaching 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour), but it also has a very cool backstory to go along with it. 

The vehicle was developed by McLaren as a run-of-the-mill version of its road-going P1 supercar. A car meant to compete against Ferrari’s LaFerrari and Porsche’s 918 Spyder hybrid supercars. However, McLaren knew that some wealthy buyers would want even more power out of their P1.

McLaren Senna

These cars might be more limited edition cars than you need. It’s more than most of us need—and it isn’t cheap at $847,400. The Senna is just plain fast with a fantastic price tag to match.

You could buy 3 Porsche 911 Turbos at that price point and still have some money left over. 0-60 comes in 2.9 seconds, and it only takes 8.6 seconds to reach 100 miles per hour from a dead stop. 

The Senna will do 186 mph before even hitting its top speed, which clocks in at 224 mph – good luck catching up to that with any other production vehicle on your local roadways!

Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)

If you’re a Porsche fanatic, you may be familiar with their limited edition cars. The 997 GT3 RS isn’t just one of those special editions; it’s perhaps one of their rarest and most exciting models to date. 

This is because its body was derived from its racing counterpart. It comes equipped with a 4.0-liter engine capable of reaching speeds up to 197 miles per hour (317 kilometers per hour).

Because such a low amount was produced, it can be difficult for owners to find replacement parts, making them more unique and valuable than ever before.

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one—or even see one in person—you won’t soon forget that moment or car.

JLR Evoque

The Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Evoque is one of those limited edition cars that hits you in all the right places. It’s got everything you could want for a big night out, and it looks fantastic and does everything you need when you’re back home. 

To top it off, loads of special editions have been released over time, making each one that little bit different from any other car in its range. With every model currently available looking as good as ever, it might be hard to decide which one you prefer. 

Citroen Bond 2CV

The Citroen 2CV was an economical vehicle introduced in 1948 and remained one to date. The original 2CV was noted for its distinctive looks, being very basic, slow, and economical, with average fuel consumption of 6-7 liters/100 km (35-40 mpg).

It is famous for its extremely long life span and is a favorite off-road vehicle for motor rallies due to its high reliability. The 2CV continues to be popular today thanks to aftermarket support (readily available parts) and the active internet community surrounding it.

JB Evoque

Over-hyped but stylish, with decent off-road ability and comfortable interior. The Evoque is less expensive than its bigger brothers, but that comes at a cost – it’s not as well built.

Ride quality isn’t bad, though, and even in base form, there are a lot of toys on offer, including lane departure warning and autonomous emergency braking. It’s certainly worth a look if you like what you see.

Jeep Renegade

It’s only a few years old and already celebrating its fourth anniversary in 2018. Still, there’s little doubt that Jeep’s Renegade deserves to be recognized as one of today’s most limited edition cars.

All-wheel drive is standard, although the front-wheel industry is available on some trims, while specific models are offered with seating for five or seven. 

The Uconnect infotainment system includes navigation with live traffic updates and SiriusXM radio. There are four options packages: Altitude, Sun and Fun (with black wheels), Leather (with heated seats), and Premium.

The 1.4L Turbocharged engine offers 160 horsepower, while optional all-wheel drive can reach 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds.

Monalisa VW Beetle

The Monalisa VW Beetle is among the limited edition cars produced by Volkswagen in 2002 to celebrate 50 years since its debut at the Auto Show.

The car is named after Monalisa, a famous painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci. It can go from 0-60 in under 8 seconds and has seats designed to look like original Volkswagen beetle seats. 

This particular edition car was only available for sale in Europe, so it would be hard for someone living outside of Europe to purchase one.

Fiat Kungfu Panda

Last year, Fiat launched a special edition Panda for China and India. The car was dubbed kungfu Panda because it featured Kung Fu-inspired designs inside and out. 

However, Fiat only built 1,000 of these Panda’s, so there aren’t many people in China who will ever experience them.

If you happen to be one of those lucky individuals, please drive carefully: you never know when you’ll encounter a panda on your travels!

Mazda MX-5

The MX-5 is one of those limited edition cars considered a classic. Launched in 1989, it has enjoyed popularity for many generations and is still strong today. The car offers excellent value for money and has a spacious interior. 

It provides three times more space than some other sports cars on sale today! There are two versions on offer – Roadster and Retractable Hard Top (RHT), and both look good.

In terms of speed, you’ll be happy to know that both versions get you from 0-60mph in under 7 seconds, with top rates set at about 130mph. All models come with front-wheel drive and 1.6-liter engines producing 116bhp.

Volkswagen Polo Harlequin

The Polo harlequin is among the limited edition cars based on Volkswagen’s best-selling supermini, the Polo.

Produced between 1982 and 1993, it is estimated that fewer than ten remain in existence today, with only 33 having been built in total.

Each color combination was a one-off, usually specially ordered by customers, although some were sold at auction with plates attached to them. 

Although details about how many were built are unclear, estimates suggest there could be as few as 20 left in existence now. Given their rarity, it would make sense to keep an eye out for one if you spot one parked or driven around! You never know when your lucky day might arrive…!

Pop art Bentley

Pop art fans may be interested to learn that legendary pop artist Andy Warhol had a little love affair with Bentley. Warhol owned five Bentleys during his lifetime, including one he used for public transportation in New York City.

The others were strictly for pleasure and included a candy-apple red 1975 Bentley S3 Continental Convertible. 

That particular car, which boasted an interior by Halston and Andy script on its exterior, sold at auction in 2013 for $407,000. Pop art fans looking to snag their Warhol-inspired wheels can check out other Bentley models here.

Nissan Gold Leaf

Imagine driving a car made entirely out of gold. Well, Nissan did—sort of. The Japanese auto manufacturer produced Gold Leaf’s one-off vehicle in 1997 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The company coated an unassuming blue hatchback with 100 grams of 24-karat gold and gave it away as a prize at their National Sales Meeting. 

There were no plans to produce more—until Nissan’s engineers heard about another automaker considering making one-off cars out of gold to raise brand awareness.

Lamborghini Veneno

The most expensive car in world history, the price tag at $4.5 million. A monstrous 1200hp V12 with incredible performance, making it one of the fastest road cars ever made.

It is a modern throwback to classic front-engine supercars with a long bonnet and scissor doors. 

Still, it offers more significant levels of luxury inside and out that surpass anything from yesteryear. This one of the limited edition cars can only be purchased by lottery, and no two are alike.

Owning a Lamborghini Veneno is enough for fame amongst your friends; driving one will make you god-like amongst mortals.

Bentley Continental GT-Speed

From $280,000 (2010) – The speed demon’s Bentley is an extension of its Continental GT. Its twin-turbocharged W12 cranks out a maximum of 700 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to rocket from 0 to 60 in a scant 3.6 seconds. 

To tame all that power, Bentley uses carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers in back.

For those who prefer something more exotic than a Bentley but still want something luxurious, Aston Martin offers up its $200,000 DB9 GT.

Conclusion

Although these limited edition cars are costly and may be unattainable for many, a dream remains dormant in all car enthusiasts.

To drive down a road knowing you own one of those cars is an achievement that brings immense satisfaction, but because it’s a dream, you can never take it for granted. There are some fantastic limited edition cars out there; what’s yours?

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