One-off Supercars

Only one Bugatti La Voiture Noire was ever made back in 2019 and was sold for over A$27 million | Source: Business Insider

These One-Off Supercars are Rarer than Diamonds

Most supercars become crowd favourites; from head-spinningly fast Ferraris to ultra-luxurious Maybachs. Although thousands are made, investing in one can pay dividends as these luxe cars can defy convention and increase in value with proper care. But some cars are made different. Unique one-off supercars are like unicorns, very few get to see them and even fewer are given the privilege of owning one.

Like rolling works of art, these vehicles are each special in their own right and the story behind them is often compelling and revealing, reflecting the characteristics of the automotive industry at their time of production. What’s more, is that they’re worth dizzying amounts due to their marked place in history.

The most important and valuable one-off supercars are unique, yes, but often tell a story that is worth far more than their eye-watering price. They can be objects of desire or so hated that they are worthy of legendary status and paradoxically highly sought after by collectors.

Here are some of the best and worst, all unique and all incredibly valuable supercars.

Bugatti La Voiture Noire 

Literally translating to “The Black Car,” this stunning piece of automotive architecture was inspired by the legendary Type 57 SC Atlantic, designed by Jean Bugatti himself and for a short time was the most expensive car ever.

It was built to celebrate Bugatti’s 110-year anniversary and sold to none other than soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for A$19.37 million before taxes. Ronaldo is a self-described “Bugatti Enthusiast.”

In contrast to other coach-built cars such as the Rolls Royce Boat Tail, the La Voiture Noire’s buyer did not have any say in the design of the car, it was planned solely by Bugatti.

With its use of visible carbon fibre in jet black, the coupe’s breathtaking sculpture looks especially elegant. It’s a veritable grand tourer that went from being a vision to a reality – a unique project which stands for Bugatti’s full creativity and artistry.

Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti Design Director

Based on the Bugatti Chiron, the La Voiture Noire’s wheelbase is 250mm and its body 450mm longer. It is powered by a quad-turbocharged 8-litre W16 engine built from the Chiron’s template which is capable of 1,479 horsepower and just under 1,600 Nm of torque. Zero to 100km/h is achieved in under 2.5 seconds and the top speed is a mind-numbing 420 km/h.

One-off Supercars
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Ferrari SF48 Unica

This one-off supercar was delivered to an anonymous client who contributed to every step of the design process. Although the car is based on the F8 Tributo, it has been completely redesigned and remodelled, incorporating blacked-out A-pillars, honeycomb-like panelling on the grille and a repositioned intercooler.

Dramatic design decisions such as the lack of a rear window make this car truly one of a kind. Procedural-parametric modelling techniques and 3D prototyping were utilised to make the new aerodynamic profile a reality and thin rectangular lights replaced the F8’s quad round units.

Ferraris are one of the most exclusive types of supercar and there is a long waiting list for those wanting to purchase a limited edition Ferrari like the LeFerrari or to be part of the FXX program. A one-off like this must have gone to a very important buyer indeed.

Powering the car is a 3.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 which is capable of 710 horsepower and 770 Nm of torque. It can reach a top speed of 340 km/h and can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds. While no official price tag was revealed, one can only imagine it was higher than the F8 Tributo’s hefty A$410,000.

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TVR Cerbera Speed 12

Created originally to compete in the 24 hours of Le Mans, this wickedly powerful supercar was eventually deemed too dangerous for public roads and so the production of a road version was abandoned, leaving just one in existence.

The insane specifications of this car, coupled with the fact that it was a rear-wheel-drive with no driver aids such as traction control or all-wheel drive, make it the ultimate untamed one-off supercar. Although it was built to race at Le Mans, last-minute regulation changes made the TVR obsolete and it never started.

It weighs only one tonne and the 7.7L V12, made by combining two straight 6s from the original Cerbera actually blew up a 1,000hp rated dyno when TVR was trying to measure the power of the road version.

Chief of TVR and experienced race car driver Peter Wheeler famously took the prototype Cerbera Speed 12 for a test drive but was so scared by the power and unpredictability of the car that he declared it too extreme for public roads and refused to allow it to go into production.

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Maybach Exelero

The one-off Exelero was rumoured to initially have been bought by Lil Wayne’s manager Birdman, then later sold to another hip hop mogul, Jay-Z, who has an affinity for expensive supercars, before being sold again to German car engineering firm Mechatronik. Maybach is famously private when it comes to the details of its buyers, but did say that Birdman owning the one-off supercar was just a rumour.

Unusually for a car of this importance, plans for the Exelero were not drawn up by a team of well-paid designers and auto-architects, but by a group of students from the Transportation Design School at the Pforzheim University of Applied Science in Germany.

It was a collaboration between Stola and DaimlerChrysler and originally intended to be a test car for high-performance Fulda tyres. It therefore has a monstrous engine capable of insane performance specifications.

A twin-turbocharged 5.9-litre V12 puts out a frightening 690 hp and 1019 Nm of torque, continuing Maybach’s proud tradition of equipping its cars with massive power plants.

The one-off supercar was loosely inspired by the Maybach SW 38 and was a triumphant return to producing high-performance luxury cars after a Mercedes assisted revival of the brand in the early ’00s.

The Exelero can reach a top speed of 351 km/h and is worth a pretty penny, A$11.5 million to be exact. It has a relatively slow 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds mostly due to its massive weight of over 2.5 tonnes.

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Pagani Zonda 760 RS

Dubbed ‘La Bestia’ or ‘The Beast’ by designers at Pagani, glossy bare carbon fibre and matte black wheels give this one-off supercar an aggressive look that is matched by its impressive performance specifications. Horatio Pagani was convinced that the track-only Zonda R would be the last Pagani produced by the firm bearing the name Zonda.

But after a flood of requests by powerful clientele and advancements made by legendary German engineering firm AMG to the engine, he decided that Pagani would produce a road version of the famous car.

Having decided that if a road version were ever made available it would have to match the 739 horsepower produced by the Zonda R, which could never be made to work in a road car because of emissions, noise and durability issues, he fitted out the new Zonda 760 RS with a AMG tinkered 7.3-litre V12 engine.

Looking more like a road-legal Formula 1 car, the bodywork of the one-off supercar was made almost completely from lightweight but incredibly strong carbon fibre. Aerodynamic intakes and winglets cover the car and a massive spoiler provides maximum downforce.

The freshly enhanced engine produces 750 horsepower with 780 Nm of torque and is capable of 370 km/h, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. If you want to own this piece of automotive history, you will have to part ways with A$7.22 million, although whether it is for sale is another question.

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McLaren X-1

This curious-looking McLaren divided opinion on its release in 2012. A strictly aesthetic exercise for the famed British firm, upon debut it mystified the car-buying public with many thankful that it was a one-off.

Produced by the British firm’s new McLaren Special Operations division, in charge of drawing up plans for customised versions and one-offs of the company’s range of supercars, the X-1 raised eyebrows with its recessed back wheels and massive width.

Designers admitted that the bodywork was “polarising,” drawing inspiration from the 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D’Elegance Ghia and a 1971 Citroen SM to produce something that looks like it drove straight out of the Jetsons.

Under the hood it actually has some powerful engineering; a V8 twin-turbo straight out of the McLaren 458 delivers impressive performance specifications. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 330 km/h.

It produces 621 horsepower with 600 Nm of Torque and the lucky group of owners include the Mumtalakat Holding Company, owned by the government of Bahrain and TAG Heuer. It cost them A$7.26 million back in 2013.

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