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30 Obscure American Cars Drivers Can Still Find Today

Cameron EittreimJune 12, 2020

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18: Anteros

When you think of European performance, the Corvette isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But in California, there’s a company that will build you a C6 Corvette that looks and feels like an Aston Martin. The Anteros is a rare sports car that’s built on the bones of the C6 Corvette. The LS3 engine is capable of producing 600 Horsepower. The coach-built vehicle has been around for quite some time now.

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The market for these is very limited. If you own one you are in for something special. When you look at the Anteros from the outside you don’t even recognize the vehicle. It has the sculp[ted lines of an expensive foreign. But the thing has Corvette power underneath the hood, which makes it a blast to drive.

Drakan Spyder
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17: Drakan Spyder

It seems like the market for half-baked Corvettes is on the rise. In addition to the Anteros, there’s also the Drakan Spyder. This unique vehicle resembles a Can-Am more than anything else. Powered by an LS3 Motor, the Spyder is just about the most unique car on the street. This vehicle does resemble a spider, but there are some dead giveaways to it.

Drakan Spyder
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The Corvette-inspired alloys are the first inclination of what this is. Then you have that signature exhaust growl that only a Corvette can deliver. The Spyder has been gaining some favorability in recent years as more consumers look at different ways to modify their existing sports cars. If you want something fun to drive in the open road with Corvette power, this is about as good as you can get.

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16: Equus Bass 770

Probably not what we’d call obscure, the Equus Bass 770 has a look all its own. The vehicle is designed to resemble the original 1968 Mustang. With a modern twist, to help connect a new generation of drivers. This is not your typical weekend vehicle, and it’s going to set you back a pretty penny.The design of the 770 is nothing like you’ve seen before.

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There’s a great amount of detail that goes into the creation of the 770 down to the specific powerplant put in it. The Bass 770 is a very limited production vehicle. They are built to order, which makes them increasingly valuable. If you don’t mind losing the Ford badge to get something that’s both modern and powerful, the Bass 770 is it.

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15: Equus Throwback

Another interesting piece of Americana is the Equus Throwback. Wondering about the name? The Throwback is actually based on the new Corvette platform. But take a look at the rear end and the interior and you’ll find a vehicle that’s a blend of generations. This interesting take on a modern sports car is what has made Equus so unique. The throwback is a seamless package with a 1000-HP engine that can pull a 0-60 run in about 2.5 seconds.

Equus Throwback
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The American vehicle has been designed from the ground up to please even the most discerning Corvette owners. Interestingly enough, the Throwback has many of the same features that you’d find in the Bass 770. You can tell that the designers thoroughly enjoyed the original car. Drivers will be hard-pressed to find something as unique on the domestic market as the Throwback.

Falcon F7
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14: Falcon F7

For a supercar you’ve never heard of, the Falcon F7 sure gets around rapidly. Take one look at this breathtaking American design and you are sure to be in love. The F7 is a sports car that’s built from the ground up. The Falcon F7 looks like something out of a futuristic movie. You might mistake this beautiful sports car for McLaren. The F7 has an aluminum composite body which makes the sports car extremely lightweight.

Falcon F7
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Pricing on the Falcon can be pretty steep for an American car. A fully-loaded model could set you back a good $395,000. For the price, you get Corvette power wrapped in a body that looks like an ’80s Lamborghini Countach. That’s pretty cool in our book.

Fisker Surf
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13: Fisker SUV

Fisker is the American brand that was most well-known for bringing us the Karma. Yes, before the Tesla Model S there was the Karma electric sports sedan. Now the automaker has designed an SUV that’s poised to take on Tesla. Designwise the Fisker SUV is going to be the same as the Karma Sedan. The clean lines and elegant interior are going to be the focal points of this SUV.

Fisker Surf
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If you’ve never had the chance to experience the original Karma then you won’t understand the significance of this SUV. Electric vehicles are only going to keep getting better. Since American crossovers are becoming the norm, it’s no surprise that the Fisker SUV is going to hit the stage. The Fisker will have competition from Rivian and the R1T. Time will tell how this new Fisker addition will add to the already crowded crossover market.

Hennessey Venom F5
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12: Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Performance has been notable for creating some of the most standout American muscle cars and performance parts. The Venom F5 has been on the market for a while now. Utilizing the same type of design theme as other supercars, the Venom hands out blistering dyno numbers. This isn’t going to be your everyday performance car and with obvious reasons.

Mclaren F5
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The Venom F5 is well-documented as one of the fastest cars in the world. With a 1,600-horsepower V8 engine, the Venom is touted as being able to reach a land speed record of 300 mph. That has yet to be confirmed by anyone except for the manufacturer. Could the Venom F5 be the best exotic performance car to come out of America? Time will tell.

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11: Lucra LC470

Elegant lines are only a small part of what makes the LC470 great. The roadster design is enough to persuade any hotrod lover into a purchase. The LC470 is designed to give you Corvette performance with a classic shell. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill performance car, but if you want something different this is it. Performance-wise the LC470 has 505 horsepower at the rear wheels.

Lucra LC470
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The Corvette-derived LS3 is the same engine that you’d get in a C6 Corvette. The LC470 is built in San Marcos, California. The design is something that you don’t see too often anymore. You might notice that the design is reminiscent of the Shelby Roadster.

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10: Panoz Avezzano

Don’t let the nameplate fool you, the Panoz Avezzano is built in Braselton, Georgia. The company builds a series of road cars and specifically this model. The curvaceous exterior is meant to go for an upscale look. The Avezzano is more than just a pretty vehicle though. There is some serious power under the hood.

Panoz Avenzanno
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The 6.2-liter V8 delivering 430 horsepower will get you where you need to go in a hurry.Pricewise the Avezzano is going to set you back a pretty penny. The $168,900 is going to be an expensive proposition for anyone who wants a sports car. But, for an American-made model like the Avezzano you can’t go wrong.

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9: Panoz Esperante GTR-1

When it comes to choosing a street-legal “racecar” there aren’t too many options to choose from. But Panoz has been making a dent in the supercar market for some time. While most of us are never going to have use for something like the GTR-1, it’s still nice to be able to achieve top speeds at this level.

Panoz Esperante GTR-1
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A car like the GTR-1 only feels at home on a long twisting road. The interior is about as barebones as you can get, and with good reason. The GTR-1 was designed for track driving.

Rezvani Beast Alpha
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8: Rezvani Beast Alpha

Rezvani is an American company that’s best known for the Rezvani Tank. Owned by celebrities like Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown, the Tank is a step out of the norm. The Beast Alpha is the sports car version of the tank. It gives sports car lovers a way to enjoy something completely different. The Beast Alpha has a 700-Horsepower motor to deliver a blistering 2.9 seconds 0-60 time.

Rezvani Beast Alpha
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On top of that, you get a beautifully-designed exterior. Some drivers swear it’s one of the best-looking sports cars on the road. Rezvani is not a brand you’ll see all too often. But if you’re in the high-income bracket and you want a fun toy, the Beast Alpha is it. The sports car is a pleasant mixture of American innovation and pure horsepower.

Rossion Q1
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7: Rossion Q1

Made in Pompano Beach, Florida, the Q1 is an elegant mixture of sports car beauty and powerful performance. You can’t go wrong with what the Rossion company has done to create a sports car. The 508-horsepower V8 engine takes to the track like a Maserati. In addition, the sports car handles like you’d expect it to. Handcrafted on demand, these cars are built to the owner’s specifications.

Rossion Q1
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The Q1 will not disappoint. It has that elegant look that will get lots of stares. In addition to delivering the performance that most buyers in this price range demand. The Rossion Q1 is a pleasant surprise in an already-crowded performance car market.

Saleen S1
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6: Saleen S1

Saleen is a brand drivers have seen for a long time. The automotive company specializes in souping up Mustangs right out of the factory. But Saleen does more than just juice up pony cars. The brand also makes a collection of exotic sports cars, one of which is the S1. This hand-built exotic is one of the fastest cars in the world. The 450 horsepower engine is blisteringly fast, boasting a stellar 0-60 time.

Saleen S1
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Price-wise, the S1 isn’t as expensive as other vehicles on the list either. The price tag comes in at just under $100,000. That means drivers are getting a well-priced supercar. There are a lot of options that you can add to the S1 that make it a great choice.

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5: USSV Rhino GX

The Rhino GX is a street-legal army tank. But this one can fit the whole family. The Rhino GX is designed and implemented on the Ford F-Series heavy-duty platform. If that’s not enough to keep you interested the powerful V8 motor will. Because although this thing is very heavy, it also provides more than adequate performance.

USSV Rhino
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The Rhino GX comes in two options, gas or diesel. You can expect to pay about $229,000. These things are built to order, so you won’t have very much luck finding a used model. For the features and the price, the Rhino GX is a stellar deal.

Venderhall Venice
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4: Vanderhall Venice

Three-wheelers have recently been gaining momentum and acceptance in the performance car community. Venice is about as unique as you can get in terms of design. The stellar look of the car is just what you’d expect out of a roadster. It is also usable for daily driving.

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The top is easily accessible and there’s a good amount of cargo room for a long-term voyage. Creature comforts such as an upmarket stereo keep the Venice looking great. The 200 horsepower engine can reach 0-60 in about 4.5 seconds. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, especially for a three-wheeler.

VLF Force 1
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3: VLF Force 1

Another blistering American performance car is the VLF Force 1. This is adjusted about as unique as a performance car as you can get. The exterior styling is meant to look very upmarket, and the designers went all out. VLF Force 1 is about as futuristic looking as you can get. The deeply sculpted lines let you know that this car was designed to garner attention.

VLF Force 1
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But the VLF isn’t just about looks, the Force 1 also performs just as well. While not as obscene-looking as some of the other cars on the list. VLF Force 1 is a seriously fast performance car. With the features to take it to the next level of track driving, there are very few vehicles that can match the performance.

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2: 2003 Ford Thunderbird

The Ford Thunderbird was a retro rendition of a well-known classic. At this point in the industry, Ford was looking for something unique. Chrysler had the Prowler and the PT Cruiser, Chevy had the SSR, and Ford needed a halo car. The Thunderbird was retro-inspired complete with a Jaguar-derived V8 powerplant.

Ford Thunderbird
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The overall design of the car is still beautiful to this day. Ford spared no expense to make the Thunderbird an American classic that would stick out. The 2003 Thunderbird is one of the most coveted Fords to come out of the last few decades. The resale price of these cars has remained consistent. You can expect to pay a pretty penny for a low mileage Thunderbird.

Dodge Viper
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1: Dodge Viper

The original Dodge Viper is the first American vehicle to cram a powerful V12 engine into a lightweight design. The look of the Viper was something that hadn’t been seen in a sports car before. The long, sloping body and the almost toy-like alloy wheels were a real treat. The Viper was the first serious competitor for the Chevy Corvette, and people were loving it.

Dodge Viper ACR
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The Viper nameplate lasted for almost 30 years but was eventually exiled from production. For a truly unique piece of American design, the Dodge Viper is worth noting. You can still find these on the open market. A Viper in good condition isn’t going to be cheap, so be prepared to drop some serious dollar bills on one.

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