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The Coolest Cars You've Never Heard of on eBay Motors, 6/17/14

“All those mistakes, and all those lessons, and all those experiences have led me to know exactly how to take advantage of this technology."— Malcolm Bricklin, the man who brought the Subaru and Yugo to America.


The very best of what you (probably) didn't know ever existed...

1969 Intermeccanica Italia Spider
Intermeccanica was a very small Italian company that eventually moved to the US, and still exists today in Canada. In the late 1960s, it produced a limited run of cars called the Italia Spider, which featured a gorgeous body with lines somewhere between an E-Type Jaguar and a Ferrari 250 California.

Toss in the same large Ford V8 that DeTomaso later used in the Pantera, and you've got yourself a winner. Check out the interior on this one. [More pics...]

Local Motors Rally Fighter
The second coolest thing about Local Motors? All of its ideas are crowdsourced. (Imagine, say, Ford doing that?) The coolest is the fact that this is a street legal, Corvette-powered dune buggy that's refined enough for your daily commute. [More pics...]

1967 Sunbeam Tiger
The Sunbeam Tiger was quite literally a British Shelby. After the success of the Cobra, Sunbeam asked Shelby to work his magic on its Alpine roadster. Produced in Britain with a Ford V8, the company paid a royalty fee to Shelby for each one made. This one has been more thoroughly worked over and sports a 427 cid monster under what the Brits call a "bonnet." It's worth a closer look. [More pics...]

1968 AC Frua
AC is, of course, the British company that built the car that Carroll Shelby turned into the all-conquering Cobra. The AC Frua is what happened when they took the Cobra, lengthened it, and had one of Maserati's designers draw up a sleek Italian body. Thanks to the massive V8 under the hood, it could keep pace with just about anything on the road in the 1960s and it could out-handle everything short of a race car. If you've got a cool $250,000 you want to blow through, this is probably a steal. [More pics...]

1976 Sebring-Vanguard Commuta Car
With speeds up to 45 mph thanks to an all-electric drivetrain that runs on a golf cart battery, the Commuta Car was the single best-selling American electric car until Tesla came around. How cool was this car? In Norway, you can still buy a brand new one even today. [More pics...]

1986 Zimmer Golden Spirit
If you had some money to burn in the 1980s and wanted a car with the performance of, say, a Mustang with the looks of something straight out of the '30s, the Zimmer was probably the only car you ever considered. It's as wild as a Lamborghini Countach or a Ferrari Testarossa but in a uniquely different way. [More pics...]

1976 Bricklin SV-1
The Bricklin was only produced for three years in the mid-1970s, but in those years it kind of redefined what you can expect from a car. While fully automatic gullwing doors were a cool selling point, the car was really all about safety, hence its name: Safety Vehicle One.

It came with a built-in roll cage (!) and impact-resistant bumpers, years before they became widespread. The one you’re looking at was restored, then put away in a garage for 25 years. It’s probably the only black one you’ll ever see. [More pics...]


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He once sat in a Bricklin back in the 1990s, and would totally own a Sebring Vanguard for grocery runs.