How Many of These Ultra-Rare Cars Can You Name?

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Monica Lee

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The sensuous curves, the lines, the power, the silky-smooth ride ... yes, we're talking about rare cars. The cars that will stop you on the street as you watch them drive by. The cars that cause you to take a quick intake of air and then exhale in a slow whistle. 

Today, collecting cars is no longer the domain of the multi-billionaires. Millennials are getting into the car collecting business as well. However, they have their eyes and pocketbooks on somewhat different models, such as pickups, SUVs and the performance cars from years ago. Naturally, some have passionate interest in the same rare cars (1950s sedans, hot rods and early muscle cars) that are popular to collectors of prior generations. 

In 2017, for the first time, millennials aged 22 to 40 are responsible for more collectible car activity than the pre-baby boom generation, according to Hagerty Insurance, the largest insurer of collectible cars and wooden boats. So no matter your age, whether you're looking to start or add to a collection, or simply a rare car enthusiast, this is the quiz for you. Take a drive down memory lane and see how many rare cars you can recall. Appreciate the rare and exquisite beauty of these one-of-a-kind cars. Take the quiz now.  


Recognize the style? What's the make and model of this rare car?

How rare is this beauty? Well only nine still exist today. Developed by Chrysler in the early ’60s, the ’63 Chrysler Turbine was a limited-run vehicle that got incredible press. These beautiful vehicles were shown/advertised in malls all across the country.

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What's the name of this collectible?

Heck, we all can't own a Ferrari. The GT40 was Ford Motor Company's response to the wants and needs of rare car collectors. Only 107 of these cars were ever built, and they can earn over $7 million at auction.

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What's the name of this handsome car?

The Cadillac Eldorado Brougham hit the pavement in 1958. It offered the latest styling trends and technology of the day and was the ultimate luxury car. The production was limited to only 400 models in 1957, and another 304 in 1958. Rare, gorgeous and luxurious to drive.

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An oldie but goodie, especially if you own one. What's the make and model of this car?

What a priceless collection piece -- the Curved Dash Oldsmobile is credited as being the first mass-produced automobile. It was built on an assembly line using interchangeable parts. It was a gasoline-powered runabout model, could seat two passengers, and sold for $650 in 1901.

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Just the frame will give you a clue. What's the name of this rare car?

Wanna fly? This is the bird that'll take you there: the 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird. Only 135 of these cars ever hit the road. If you want one today, they can go anywhere from $150,000 to $500,000 at auction.

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This one is ... well ... unusual. What's the name of this rare car?

Sometimes cars are rare because they are an oddity. And this odd-looking vehicle was created out of aluminum and the rest of the vehicle was fiberglass. Only 49 still exist today as the intensive labor costs kept production levels down.

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Muscle cars are rare, too. What's the name of this one?

If you want this muscle car, it will take a lot of elbow grease to earn those dollars. That's because the ’69 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 can sell for over $450,000 at auction. With only 69 cars produced, you'd be fortunate to get your hands on one.

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What's the name of this rare auto?

This sleek, sensuous body could only be designed in Italy. Specifically, it was Coachbuilder Ghia and it was produced by Dual Motors, which rolled out 117 of these cars. This classy and eye-catching car was a favorite among Hollywood elite — such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin among others.

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Time for a slow whistle. What's the name of this rare car?

With its swooping lines, the Tucker Torpedo appeared almost as if it were moving even when standing still. It was way ahead of others with its style and design. This innovative car was developed by Preston Tucker and marketed as "The Car of Tomorrow." With only 51 Tucker Torpedo sedans produced before the company went out of business, it became an instant rare car.

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It's faster than it looks ... what's its name?

Imagine it's 1906 and you own this car. No one can wipe the smile off your face because you own the fastest car on Earth. It really moved! The top speed was 127 miles per hour, and back then, nothing moved that fast! Only 200 were produced and the owners, to borrow from "Top Gun", must have had "the need for speed".

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This is a favorite of collectors. What's its name?

It's all power and style. Remove as much weight as possible and add a huge Hemi engine, and this car flies. Well ... it at least drives very fast, going from 0 to 60 in about 4.8 seconds. This rare car may be hard to catch with only 55 in existence today.

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The Great Gatsby may come to mind when looking at this car. What's its name?

What a gorgeous little vehicle. The elegance of the Cord L-29 can't be reproduced. Luckily there were more of these vehicles than some of the other race cars -- just over 4,400 units.

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What's the name of this beauty?

Duesenberg's racing pedigree gave the Duesenberg Model J extra cachet. The first customer took delivery of their Model J in May of 1929 -- and it was expensive at almost $25,000, which translates to over $2 million today. Unfortunately, this was five weeks before Black Tuesday so buyers became scarce and only 200 units were ever produced.

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This baby is all muscle, what's its name?

If you want a car with a little heft, this one is sure to lighten your wallet. As recently as 2014 a ’71 Cuda was sold for $3.5 million. Only 21 of these babies were produced. Maybe it was because they were all style and not much substance.

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This rare car is a rebel, what's its name?

The 1949 Mercury Two-Door Coupe was made famous by James Dean in “Rebel Without A Cause." Mercury advertising promoted it accurately: "In style... performance ... beauty ... comfort -- there's more of everything you want with Mercury." You can get your hands on this icon today for roughly $60,000.

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Can you imagine this one sitting in your driveway? What's it called?

This rare, high-performance model is hard to find. Only 20 were ever produced. The L88 option is a package of ultra high-performance components that transformed the Corvette into a ferocious, road-racing machine.

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Remember this classic car? What's its name?

Looking to enter the collectors' market? Start with a Mustang, they age well and sell better. Always looking good, this ’69 Shelby GT500 is a true beauty. With a production run of 1,000 cars, you'll need about $300,000 to get your collection started.

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Rare car enthusiasts beware: This car will get you going. What kind of car is it?

You be the judge. Would you want to take a spin in this car? You betcha! Only 17 of the ’71 Pontiac GTO Judges were produced due to the increased government emission restrictions. Sales crashed as the golden age of performance cars drew to an end.

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What the make and model of this beaut?

The iconic white body with fans and curves makes this classic extra desirable. Originally designed as a show car, it generated enough interest that GM produced 300 models to sell to the public.

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Late-model? Vintage? Or just fun? What's the name of this rare car?

The key to this classic car is the R-Code engine. Only 57 of the 1967 Ford Fairlane 500's received this powerful engine. A car collector who knew his or her stuff could find one on the cheap.

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What's the name of this sleek muscle car?

This baby is so rare because only 104 were put on this Earth. The ’67 Yenko Camaro is what happens when you keep tweaking a ’67 SS Camaro until you get a sleek muscle car that now costs upward of $350,000.

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Flex your memory muscle. What's the name of this rare car?

Let's talk large engines. Let's talk fast, sleek cars. Then we'll need to discuss the SS 454 LS6, considered one of THE premier muscle cars available in the '70's. With only 20 units made you'll be lucky just to see one in person.

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What's the name of this classic rare car?

Classic elegance. The elongated nose and the front end chrome can take your breath away. This car provides a glimpse into a simpler, yet more stylish time. The Cadillac V-16 only had 138 units released in 1940. And of these, 70 Cadillacs had unique variations on their construction.

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There's nothing like this one, what's the make and model?

Amazingly, you just stumbled on a rare car you can actually find ... and possibly own. Only 20,000 were ever produced, but compared to those classics with under a hundred cars produced, you have a shot at making this yours. The sloped design is definitely one of a kind and with a price tag of more than $100,000 you'll have all the collectors' bragging rights you need.

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A collectors' dream come true. What's the name of this rare car?

This was the first car sold "for the masses." It brings with it the excitement and innovation of those times. And you can start a collection with a "first." A fully restored Model T you will cost around $150,000. Is that too much to pay for a dream to come true?

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Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. What's its name?

Even the timeless design of this convertible coup did not help Pierce-Arrow weather the luxury market auto competition, and only 50 or so were thought to be produced before their doors closed. All official Pierce-Arrow production records were destroyed when the company was liquidated in 1938.

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You're the envy of them all if you have this one, what's its name?

This is a one in a billion car -- only nine of these fantastic cars have existed. And there is only one genuine, original 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake left in the world, and it was sold for $5.1 million in 2015.

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This rare car has a racy name. What is it?

Rare and racy, this classic car makes an impressive statement motoring on any street. It has swagger because it's the first sports car designed for both road and track. Only 12 Mercer 35R Raceabouts were made. That means this picture is probably as close as you'll get to one, unless you have a spare $3 million or so laying around.

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There is rare. And then there is one-of-a-kind. This is the latter. What's it called?

The 1967 Shelby GT500 Convertible was a prototype car which was stolen, it is speculated, before Ford could enact its policy to destroy prototypes and experimental vehicles. Today this convertible, the only one ever made, is in the hands of the Volo Auto Museum.

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This one is polarizing. What's the name of this rare vehicle?

Does a car need to have 4 wheels? Not when it's a diva, a ’48 Davis Divan, to be specific. This three-wheel car was built for Joel Thorne, a millionaire race car driver. Only 15 were rolled out because the owner, Gary Davis, was thrown in jail for fraud and theft before more could be produced.

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What's the name of this powerful vehicle?

If you're going to take a ride to the moon on Apollo 12, the only "vette" for you has "astro" in it's name. There were only three of these cars ever produced and one was given to Alan L. Bean — the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 12 mission.

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Here's a classic you'll love to look at, what's its name?

It's a prototype and we wish there were more of them to grace the road. The body was designed by Ghia in Italy, powered by a FireDome Hemi V, and produced by DeSoto. It was a perfectly beautiful response by DeSoto against the ’53 Corvette, but it never went anywhere, so to speak.

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A rarity among collectors' cars. What's its name?

Observing the gorgeous lines and knowing the power behind that wheel could render one speechless. The impressive 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 is the only one of its kind.

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One lap to go before the finish line. What's the name of this classy automobile?

This unique design was destined to be the future of automobiles. However, only the prototype was built and it is valued at almost $10 million. It currently sits in the National Automobile Museum.

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We're coming to the end. What's the name of this classic car?

Crane-Simplex was a car manufacturer operating in New York City and New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the early 1900s. Herman Broesel, passionate about racing, purchased the company and redesigned the Simplex so it could reach speeds of 90 mph, which was fearlessly fast during that time. There are only a pair of these vehicles in existence today.

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You're on the straightaway, what's the name of this priceless beauty?

This British machine could go 150 miles an hour. The E-Type was released in 1961 to some pretty heavy praise. The 1961 Jaguar E-Type has been described as beautiful from every angel.

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Just a few more questions to go. What's the make and model of this car?

The Maserati Ghibli has been described as possibly the most handsome car of the 1960's. At that time it was certainly one of the fastest cars with its aggressive shark-shaped nose. Since there were over 1,000 produced, you may be able to add this beauty to your collection.

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You're nearing the finish line. What's the name of this one?

Maybe not as rare as some of these others, but definitely a collector's item, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was made famous by James Bond in the 007 movies.The Aston Martin DB5 used in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" was sold by RM Auctions in 2010 for $4.6 million.

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Your second to last question: What's this vehicle's make and model?

This car is delightful to drive, superbly balanced and nimble, with light, effective steering. The Duetto was prominently featured in the movie "The Graduate", starring Dustin Hoffman. So much so, that in later years Alfa created a "Graduate" trim level in their U.S. cars.

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Your final question: What is the make and model of this car?

With a top speed of about 170 mph and a zero to 60 mph time in the low six-second range, the 1966 Lamborghini Miura became the fastest car in the world at that time. This sexy, striking design was a game-changer. This model is an excellent addition to any collection as Lamborghini only produced 474 cars in the first three years.

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