There are many reasons that car collectors own the cars that they do. Sometimes collectors choose to acquire certain cars because of sentimentality and other times collectors choose to own cars due to their rarity.
In many cases, collectors would like to own a mixture of cars that have both traits. From childhood posters to limited releases, these eight cars have stood the test of time and are still highly desired by a plethora of car collectors years after their production runs.
1. Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is an all-wheel-drive supercar that is powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Development for the EB began in 1998 following Volkswagen Auto Group’s new ownership of Bugatti.
However, it wasn’t until 2005 that the Veyron EB 16.4 experienced its first production run. Production of the Veyron ceased in 2015, making way for the new Bugatti Chiron, but the Veyron has remained a highly-sought-after vehicle.
2. Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 Spyder is not simply any supercar; it is a hybrid supercar. The 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine in addition to two electric motors that output a combined 282 horsepower.
The electric motors are capable of traveling 12 miles on one charge and can be recharged by the V8 gasoline engine.
3. Ferrari LaFerrari
The Ferrari LaFerrari is a highly-limited hybrid supercar that sold-out before its first production run in 2013; between 2013 and 2016 Ferrari only manufactured 499 LaFerrari vehicles.
The LaFerrari was developed based on the race-built Ferrari FXX and weighs only 2,767 pounds.
4. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is a coupe that was built by both Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive. Considering the coupe and roadster, only 1400 models were built by the two companies.
The SLR utilizes a Mercedes-Benz five-speed automatic transmission that has three manual modes for a driver to choose between. The inspiration for the car’s design came from the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which most notably has the now-famous gullwing doors.
5. Lamborghini Murcielago
The Lamborghini Murcielago is a supercar that appeared on many posters and in many video games after its 2001 debut. The Murcielago was initially offered only as a coupe, but Lamborghini later began production of the Murcielago Roadster in 2004.
The Murcielago was the first model that Lamborghini released following their purchase by Audi, a company of Volkswagen Auto Group.
6. Lotus Exige
The Lotus Exige was a vehicle that was built with track usage in mind. Every Exige model weighs just over 1 ton and is powered by a Toyota-supplied engine.
The Exige experienced several design iterations, each with the intent to make the car both lighter and faster.
7. Aston Martin V12 Vantage
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage was unveiled in 2007, two years after the V8 Vantage began production. The V12 Vantage houses a V12 engine that produces 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Between 2010 and 2012 only 1,196 V12 Vantages were produced with a manual transmission.
8. Dodge Viper
The Dodge Viper is an exotic car that recently reached the end of its production in 2017.
The Viper is one of America’s most notable sports cars and was built with Ferrari and Lamborghini vehicles, among others.