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30 Obscure American Cars Drivers Can Still Find Today

Cameron EittreimJune 12, 2020

Esperante
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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.

USSV Rhino GX
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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.

Venderhall
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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.

Ford Thunderbird
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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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