Easter Special: Easter Eggs of the Car World
In a world that has more supercars and sports cars than you can keep track of, it’s pretty easy for those that don’t go mainstream to get lost. It’s sad when you think about it. Over the years, there have been some interesting concept and production cars that never got the attention they deserved. Take the Tushek Renovatio T500, for instance. Have you ever heard of it? I’m guessing you probably haven’t, but it was a remarkably beautiful car with distinct styling that should have made it a favorite among collectors.
These days, we’re blessed with every supercar manufacturer dropping a new model on a regular basis. In fact, we’re spoiled, when you think about it. And like any group of spoiled children, as soon as we get what we want, we immediately start asking for more. It’s not that the supercars we all know and love, like the Koenigsegg One:1, Bugatti Chiron, or the Pagani Huayra BC aren’t special, because they certainly are. They’re just well known, and even if you haven’t seen one in person, you’ve seen one on TV or Youtube.
So, in light of Easter this year, we’ve decided to look back at a few cars that are very much “Easter eggs” of the automotive world, and that’s if you can even find them at all. I’m talking about cars like the aforementioned Tushek Renovatio T500, or the Tramontana XTR. Some of these car’s never made it into production, while others were produced and fizzled away into automotive history. Either way, let’s take a look at a few of my favorites.
Continue reading to discover a few automotive Easter eggs.
The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
Click past the jump to read our entire list and check out our full infographic.
1995 Lotec C1000
Bespoke supercars have become extremely popular among wealthy enthusiasts and celebrities in recent years, but the concept is far from new. Manufacturers have been building custom sports and supercars since the 1960s, long before Bugatti was revived and companies such as Pagani and Koenigsegg were founded in the 1990s. One such brand was Lotec, which started life a race car builder in 1960s, moved on to modify Porsches in the 1970s, and created aftermarket parts for Mercedes-Benz cars in the 1980s. In the 1990s, the German firm developed its very first road-going model. It was called the C1000 and only one was made for an oil tycoon in the United Arab Emirates.
The car was ordered in 1990 and completed five years later. It was equipped with a Mercedes-Benz engine that generated a whooping 1,000 horsepower. When it was shipped to its customer, it was one of the most powerful road-legal vehicles. It was also incredibly expensive, with Lotec charging the owner an amount that could have been used to buy four McLaren F1s in 1995. The C1000 also come with a wild design and some incredible specs, including a top speed that’s superior to the newer Bugatti Veyron.
The unique supercar has been easy to trace in recent years, changing owners twice in 2006. However, it appears that the C1000’s value plummeted dramatically, being traded for less than $500,000. In 2014 it was listed on eBay by RK Motors Charlotte after a thorough restoration.
Keep reading to find out more about the 1995 Lotec C1000.