The Bricklin SV-1Considering this car has earned a place on Time Magazine’s Worst Cars of All Time list, the Bricklin SV-1 isn’t exactly a car you should buy for a daily commute or even for a weekend cruise. Instead, the best you can really hope for is to host conversations about its unique appearance and curious history. The SV-1 (which stands for “Safety Vehicle”) comes with body panels made of a thick, heavy-duty fiberglass that manages to outweigh pure steel and runs on an underpowered V8 that mocks its mutant-sports-car frame. Fewer than 3000 SV-1s were ever made, but since you can’t use the car for driving, you can likely find one cheap.
The Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6
The ill-fated merger between Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz in the mid-2000s bore some unusual fruit, and few were more unusual than the Crossfire. Based on a Mercedes frame with a high-powered AMG engine, this Chrysler coupe and roadster also features a style so far from the norm that it’s no wonder it never caught on. Still, this is a conversation piece you can actually drive, and some models are available for just four figures.
The Isuzu VehiCROSSEver want to drive a full-size Tonka truck? Well, now you can! To say that the Vehicross’s appearance is unusual is a major understatement, but if you can get past that you’ll discover a solid engine and some advanced off-roading capabilities. You may also find yourself surprised by how cheaply you can get a vehicle which only had a single run of less than 6000 units, but then again — well, maybe it’s not that surprising.
The Pontiac Solstice Coupe
Pontiac was one of the unfortunate victims of GM’s bankruptcy in the late 2000s, so the last production run of GM’s performance brand came during 2009. Considering what was going on at the time, it’s understandable that Pontiac wasn’t able to advertise the new targa-top coupe variation of its sleek roadster, the Solstice, but as a result the model has become a collector’s item that few collectors seem to know about.
Not every rare car in the world costs a year’s salary just to buy. Although these cars may not have achieved fame for being world firsts or for being featured in major Hollywood productions, their unique appearances and low production numbers make them some of the most affordable and actively sold collectibles on the market.