12 Best One-Time Cars of the 21st Century

12 Best One-Time Cars of the 21st Century

As much as we appreciate official concept cars that are meant to showcase future technology and practices of independent elite builders, our favorite car genre would almost certainly be factory-backed one-off cars. Whether commissioned by a customer or built for a special project or event, we love the idea of ​​automakers making a crazy one-off car just for fun. These unique one-to-one builds offer some distinct advantages and advantages over other custom or limited build series, giving one-off cars the full resources and support of a major manufacturer without the restrictions or limitations imposed on mass – produced production models.

Since the turn of the millennium, a huge number of incredibly remarkable one-to-one builds have been unveiled, mostly from the custom arms of some of the world’s most elite and exclusive car manufacturers. And while there’s no shortage of great options to choose from, there are in fact a handful of projects that stand out above the rest. And it’s this shortlist of idiosyncratic vehicles that we’ll be counting down to the best one-off cars of the 21st century today in this guide.

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Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa

Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Turin-based brand, the Alfa Romeo The TZ3 Corsa is a sleek one-off supercar designed by renowned 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-to-one model was commissioned by the German car collector Martin Kapp and featured a lightweight carbon fiber fairing combined with a tubular carbon fiber subframe. With a curb weight of less than 1,875 lbs, the race-spec TZ3 includes a 420-hp 4.2-liter V8 – an engine originally developed for Maserati’s 3200 GT.

Year revealed: 2010
Engine: 4.2L V8

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Aston Martin Victor

Possibly our all-time favorite Aston Martin model – only behind the legendary DB5 – the Victor is a one-off supercar inspired by the British company’s 1970s and 1980s muscle cars and built by Q By Aston Martin’s custom division. Named after former Aston Martin boss Victor Gauntlett, the Victor is loosely based on the 2011 One-77 supercar muscle cars. Beneath the surface, the Victor shows off a Cosworth-tuned naturally aspirated 7.3L V12 mated to a six-speed Graziano gearbox, producing 836 horsepower and 605.5 ft-lbs of torque.

Year revealed: 2020
Engine: 7.3L V12

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Audi S1 ​​e-tron quattro Hoonitron

The S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron, which is the result of the new partnership between Ken Block and Audi, is an all-electric one-to-one machine built for Hoonigan’s upcoming ‘Elektrikhana’ video. This battery-powered Gymkhana car was designed as a modern interpretation of the Four Rings brand’s late 80s S1 Pikes Peak racer, with an ultra-flared and ultra-pronounced widebody aero kit that combines a lightweight carbon fiber chassis and a powerful EV powertrain encases . The vehicle is propelled by a pair of electric motors that send power to an advanced AWD system – a setup developed by the same team behind Audi’s RS e-tron GT1, which can reach a 0-100mph time in just 2.88 seconds. .

Year revealed: 2021
Engine: Unspecified electric powertrain

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BMW X7 Pickup

Designed by a vocational training group from BMW Group in collaboration with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the X7 Pickup is a lifestyle adventure machine based on BMW’s flagship full-size Sport Activity Vehicle. Nearly 4″ longer than the standard luxury SUV, the X7 Pickup features a wood-clad pickup with a length of 78.8″ (or 55″ with the tailgate closed) – a space big enough for a BMW F 850 ​​GS and the mid-sized adventure motorcycle’s 62.72″ wheelbase. Despite the extra length, the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymers for the one-off BMW’s roof, rear doors and tailgate means it can take nearly 450 pounds off its curb weight. can shave compared to the stocker.

Year revealed: 2019
Engine: 3.0L Straight Six

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Bugatti La Voiture Noire

La Voiture Noire, the most expensive new car in the world with a price tag of $12.5 million, is a unique hypercar built to pay tribute to the elite French company’s Type 57SC Atlantic coupe of the 1930s – more specifically, the all black one driven by Jean Bugatti. Also built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, the eight-figure car is powered by Bugatti’s signature W16 engine – in this case an 8.0-liter engine fitted with four turbochargers that give the car 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 ft-lbs of torque. , which translates into a time of 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of over 260 km/h.

Year revealed: 2019
Engine: Quad Turbocharged 8.0L W16

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Ferrari SP38 ‘Deborah’

Reportedly built for Ronnie Kessel, an avid prancing horse enthusiast, Swiss Ferrari dealer owner and Ferrari racing team owner, the Ferrari SP38 “Deborah” is a one-off supercar based on the 488 GTB production platform and brings tribute to the mighty F40. The top-down redesign of the Ferrari included the addition of a three-slat tailgate, flared air-intake rear fenders and an F40-inspired rear wing, to name a few. At the heart of this stunning supercar is a 670 hp 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that allows the machine to reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 3 seconds, along with a top speed of over 200 km/h.

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

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Scratch built for what is arguably one of the best automotive YouTube videos of all time – Ken Block’s Climbkhana 2 walks up China’s Tianmen Mountain, one of the most dangerous roads in the world – the Hoonitruck is a ridiculously high-performance one-off which is built around a 1972 Ford F-150, but other than scale, very little of the donor remains in play. The slammed pickup has a fully custom body with flared fenders, front splitter and rear spoiler, as well as a 914 horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine based on Ford GT’s Daytona Prototype mill.

Year revealed: 2018
Engine: Twin turbocharged 3.5L V6

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Lamborghini SC20

Born from a joint effort between Lamborghini’s Design Center and the hypercar supplier’s Squadra Corse motorsport division, the SC20 was a special one-of-one roadster with a full carbon fiber monocoque frame draped in open-top style full carbon fiber bodywork. 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-banger has been massaged to generate 759 horsepower and 531 ft-lbs of torque. Surprisingly, this one-off roadster also has street-legal status.

Year revealed: 2020
Engine: 6.5L V12

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McLaren X-1 Concept

A custom one-to-one product from McLaren Automotive’s Special Operations division, the X-1 Concept is an ultra-unique vehicle that puts a vintage, mid-century-inspired spin on high-performance supercars. from the company. Making its public debut at the 2012 Quail Gathering, the X-1 was one of the first users of McLaren’s monocoque carbon fiber “MonoCell”, which offers incredible strength and rigidity while weighing shockingly little. This allows the one-off to make the most of the powertrain it borrows from the MP4-12C — a 3.8-liter turbocharged V8 mated to a seven-speed manual transmission delivers 592 horsepower and 443 ft-lbs of torque.

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

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Mercedes-Benz x Virgil Abloh Project MAYBACH

Unveiled shortly after Virgil Abloh’s untimely death, Mercedes-Benz’s Project MAYBACH was a special collaboration between the German automaker and the now-deceased fashion and design legend. This absolute car boot was intended to provide Maybach’s signature brand of ultra-luxurious and opulent interiors with the ruggedness and off-road capability of a modern 4×4 – ultimately resulting in one of the most unique projects we’ve ever seen, with the one-off GT car that is treated to off-road wheels, an external rollbar with an integrated roof rack, a full-length skid plate and a front bullbar that can accommodate a setup with four additional lights.

Year revealed: 2021
Engine: Unspecified electric powertrain

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Porsche 911 Vision Safari

A contemporary tribute to Porsche’s 1978 911 SC Safari, the 911 Vision Safari is a modernized version of the rally-ready sports car based on the 911-generation 911. Porsche off-roader features upgraded suspension and a full lift kit, reinforced wheel arches, massive front and rear bumpers, roof-mounted lights and a fully gutted, race-specific interior. And while this was only a one-off project, there are rumors that the Stuttgart firm will soon release a limited-edition production model of the 911 Safari.

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

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Rolls Royce Boat Tail

The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, believed to be owned by none other than J-Hova himself, was a nautical themed custom order inspired by J-Class yachts. Measuring a whopping 19′ in length, the Boat Tail’s appearance simply exudes class and elegance, although its most notable feature is hidden in the boot. The trunk, also known as ‘hosting suite’, has a wooden aft deck with butterfly-style doors that open to reveal a telescopic parasol, double cocktail tables, two concealed folding stools and a double champagne fridge. The same teak from the trunk is also used for the floor of the car, as well as for the dashboard that houses a pair of his and her Bovet reversible tourbillon watches.

Year revealed: 2021
Engine: Twin-turbo 6.7L V12

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