12 Best Unique Cars of the 21st Century


While we thoroughly enjoy official concept cars meant to showcase future technologies and customs from elite independent automakers, our favorite kind of car would almost certainly be factory-backed one-offs. Whether commissioned by a customer or built for a special project or event, we love the idea of ​​automakers making a unique, crazy car just for the fun of it. These unique one-off builds offer a number of distinct advantages and advantages over other custom or limited series, with the one-off cars receiving all the resources and support of a major builder without the constraints or limitations imposed on the mass. produces production models.

Since the turn of the millennium, an enormous number of incredibly remarkable one-off builds have been unveiled, usually from the bespoke weaponry of some of the world’s most elite and exclusive automakers. And while there’s no shortage of stellar options to choose from, there are actually a small handful of projects that stand out above the rest. And it’s this shortlist of idiosyncratic vehicles that we’ll be counting down today in this guide to the best unique cars of the 21st century.

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Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa

Created to celebrate 100 years of the Turin brand, the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa is an elegant and unique supercar which was designed by the famous Italian design house Zagato and based on the Gillet Vertigo.5 platform. Unveiled at the prestigious Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in 2010, the one-off model was commissioned by German car collector Martin Kapp and featured a lightweight carbon fiber tub combined with a tubular carbon fiber subframe. Boasting a curb weight of less than 1,875 pounds, the racing TZ3 features a 4.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower – an engine originally developed for Maserati’s 3200 GT.

Year revealed: 2010
Engine: 4.2L V8

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Aston MartinVictor

Quite possibly our favorite Aston Martin model of all time – only behind the legendary DB5 — the Victor is a unique supercar that draws inspiration from the British firm’s 70s and 80s muscle cars and was built by the company’s Q By Aston Martin custom division. Named after former Aston Martin boss Victor Gauntlett and loosely based on the 2011 One-77 supercar, the Victor was fitted with a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis and GT-style bodywork. in matching carbon that fuses modern supercar design language with old-school muscle cars. Beneath the surface, the Victor features a Cosworth-tuned naturally aspirated 7.3L V12 that’s mated to a six-speed Graziano gearbox and is good for 836 hp and 605.5 lb-ft of torque. .

Year revealed: 2020
Engine: 7.3L V12

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Audi S1 ​​e-tron quattro Hoonitron

From Ken Block’s newly inked partnership with Audi, the S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron is a unique all-electric machine designed for Hoonigan’s upcoming “Elektrikhana” video. This battery-powered Gymkhana car was designed as a modern interpretation of Four Rings’ late ’80s S1 Pikes Peak racer, with an ultra-flared, ultra-sharp aerodynamic kit wrapping around a lightweight carbon-fiber chassis and a powerful EV powertrain. The vehicle is powered by a pair of electric motors that send power to an advanced AWD system – a setup that was developed by the same team behind Audi’s RS e-tron GT1, which can reach a time of 0. to 60 mph in just 2.88 seconds.

Year revealed: 2021
Engine: Electric powertrain not specified

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BMW X7 pickup

Created by a group of BMW Group professional trainees in conjunction with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the clearly named X7 Pickup is an adventure platform based on the BMW’s flagship sports activity vehicle. Nearly 4 inches longer than the original luxury SUV, the X7 pickup was given a wood-lined pickup bed measuring 78.8 inches in length (or 55 inches with the tailgate closed) – a area large enough to accommodate a BMW F 850 ​​GS and the 62.72-inch wheelbase of the mid-size adventure bike. Despite the extra length, the use of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers for the roof, rear doors and tailgate of the unique BMW helps it shave almost 450 pounds off its curb weight compared to the stocker.

Year revealed: 2019
Engine: 3.0L inline-six

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Bugatti The Black Car

The most expensive new car in the world when it was released with a price tag of $12,500,000, Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire is a one-of-a-kind hypercar that was built to pay homage to the French elite’s Type 57SC Atlantic coupe of the 1930s— more specifically, the all-black specimen driven by Jean Bugatti. Also built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, the eight-figure automobile is powered by Bugatti’s signature W16 engine – in this case an 8.0-litre unit fitted with four turbochargers that allow the car to develop 1,500 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, which translates to a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 260 mph.

Year revealed: 2019
Engine: Quad-turbocharged 8.0L W16

Photo: Ferrari

Ferrari SP38 ‘Deborah’

Supposedly built for Ronnie Kessel, prancing horse enthusiast, owner of a Swiss Ferrari dealership and owner of a Ferrari racing team, the Ferrari SP38 “Deborah” is a unique supercar based on the production 488 GTB platform and pays homage to the mighty F40. The Ferrari’s top-to-bottom redesign included the addition of a three-louvered rear decklid, flared rear fenders fitted with an air scoop and an F40-inspired rear wing, to n to name a few. At the heart of this stunning supercar is a 670-hp 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that takes the 3,250lb machine to 60mph from a standstill in 3 seconds flat, with top speed above 200 mph.

Year revealed: 2018
Engine: 3.9L twin-turbo V8

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Scratch-built for what is arguably one of the greatest automotive YouTube videos of all time – Ken Block’s Climbkhana 2 on China’s Tianmen Mountain, one of the world’s most dangerous roads – the Hoonitruck is a Ridiculously capable one-off that’s built around a 1972 Ford F-150, though outside of the bodyshell there’s very little donor left in play. The slammed pickup features all of the custom bodywork with fenders flares, a front splitter and rear spoiler, and a 914-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine based on the Ford GT’s Daytona prototype.

Year revealed: 2018
Engine: 3.5L twin-turbo V6

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Lamborghini SC20

Born of a joint effort between Lamborghini’s design center and the hypercar supplier’s Squadra Corse motorsport division, the SC20 was a one-off special roadster that sports a full carbon fiber monocoque frame draped in carbon fiber to open roof. body. The SC20 is powered by the same naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 engine used in the brand’s existing Essenza model, although the SC20’s twelve-cylinder has been massaged to generate 759 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Surprisingly, this unique roadster also has road legal status.

Year revealed: 2020
Engine: 6.5L V12

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McLaren X-1 concept

A one-off bespoke product from McLaren Automotive’s Special Operations Department, the X-1 concept is an ultra-unique vehicle that lends a mid-century-inspired vintage twist to the company’s high-performance supercars. Making its public debut at the 2012 Quail Gathering, the X-1 was one of the first to adopt McLaren’s “MonoCell” monocoque carbon fiber which offers incredible strength and stiffness while weighing incredibly little. This allows the unique model to make the most of the drivetrain it borrows from the MP4-12C – a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 paired with a seven-speed transmission and developing 592 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.

Year revealed: 2012
Engine: 3.8L twin-turbo V8

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Mercedes-Benz x Virgil Abloh Project MAYBACH

Unveiled shortly after Virgil Abloh’s untimely passing, Mercedes-Benz’s MAYBACH project was a special collaboration between the German automaker and the now deceased fashion and design legend. This absolute boat of a car aimed to give the Maybach brand of ultra-luxurious and opulent interiors the ruggedness and off-road capabilities of a modern 4×4 – ultimately resulting in one of the most unique projects that we’ve ever seen, with the unique GT car being treated to off-road wheels, an external roll cage with an integrated roof rack, a full-length skid plate and a front bull bar that can accommodate a lighting setup quadruple auxiliary.

Year revealed: 2021
Engine: Electric powertrain not specified

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Porsche 911 Vision Safari

A contemporary homage to the 1978 Porsche 911 SC Safari, the 911 Vision Safari is a modernized version of the rally-ready sports car based on the 991-generation 911. As well as a custom Martini Racing livery, this one-of-a-kind Le Porsche off-roader was given an upgraded suspension and full lift kit, reinforced wheel arches, massive front and rear bumpers, roof-mounted headlights and rear fenders. a completely gutted, race-specification interior. And, although it’s only a one-off project, there are rumors that the Stuttgart firm will soon launch a limited-edition 911 Safari production model.

Year revealed: 2012
Engine: 3.8L Twin-Turbocharged Flat-Six

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Rolls-Royce boat tail

Believed to belong to none other than J-Hova himself, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail was a bespoke order featuring a nautical-themed design that takes inspiration from J-Class yachts. Spanning an enormous length 19 feet, the appearance of the Boat Tail simply exudes class and elegance, although its most striking feature is hidden in its trunk. Called the “accommodation suite,” the trunk features a rear wooden deck with butterfly-style doors that open to reveal a telescoping umbrella, two cocktail tables, two hidden folding stools, and a double champagne fridge. The same teak wood from the trunk is also used for the floor of the car, as well as for its dashboard which houses a pair of Bovet reversible tourbillon watches for him and for her.

Year revealed: 2021
Engine: 6.7L twin-turbocharged V12

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