10 supercars that
When Bob Henderson set out to create a Scottish 200mph supercar in
1974, he didn't bank on the oil crisis scuppering his plans quite so
It would be 1977 before the project got going and 1984 by the time
the first customer cars were ready for delivery. But by then, the planned
twin-turbo V8 had been downgraded to a blown 2664cc V6 and potential
customers had lost interest in the project.
Bitter is best known for his rebodied Opels, such as the SC, but
occasionally he also came up with the odd off-the-wall project such as the
Built in conjunction with MGA Developments, the Tasco was presented
at the 1991 Frankfurt motor show. Designed to take a V8 or V12 - although
the Viper's V10 was favourite - the Tasco never even progressed beyond the
full-sized mock-up stage.
When the wraps were taken off the Dome Zero at the 1978 Geneva motor
show, there were some sharp intakes of breath. How could a Japanese outfit
produce something so far out?
Crazier than a Countach, the Zero was amazing, but its maker couldn't
afford to put it through Japanese homologation tests. It wouldn't have
been that quick anyway; the 2.8-litre straight-six offered just 145bhp -
but what a looker.
Although Gigliato was a Japanese concern, its plan was to base itself
in the UK and to become a serious rival to the established Italian design
houses. That was back in 1994, when its rather attractive Aerosa was
unveiled, powered by a Ford-sourced 3-litre V6.
With a bit of tickling, a reliable 300bhp could be coaxed from this
powerplant - but it was all academic, as by 1995 the project was
Four years after development started, in 1993 the first Isdera
Commendatore 112i was supposedly ready for delivery to its owner. Then in
1999 the car resurfaced again - only to disappear just as quickly.
Priced at £500,000, the 112i packed a 414bhp 6-litre Merc V12 to give
210mph and 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds, plus height-adjustable suspension and
wipers from Germany's 220mph inter-city trains.
When Jiotto unveiled the Caspita in 1989, it claimed this was a car
which would see a return to people driving to a race track, competing,
then driving home again, all in the same car. At first there was a detuned
Formula One V12 powerplant, but in 1990 a Judd V10 unit was fitted
instead, either unit supposedly capable of giving over 200mph. But no
customer cars were ever delivered...
In 1987, Mladen Mitrovic unveiled a supercar that would supposedly be
the equal of anything to come out of, well, anywhere. With its 320bhp
5.4-litre Chevrolet V8, the F1 was inspired by Mercedes' gull-winged
C-111; it was claimed to be capable of sitting at 170mph all day, with
Later cars would get a 5.6-litre Merc V8 - except there weren't any
When it comes to exclusive supercars, few are rarer than the
Monteverdi Hai. Just two were built, the cars designed by Peter Monteverdi
himself - despite no formal training.
Power came from a 7-litre Chrysler Hemi V8, tuned to give 450bhp and
180mph. With air-con, leather trim and power everything, this was one
luxurious supercar - but build quality wasn't up to scratch and the car
The R390 came about because Nissan was desperate to win the Le Mans
24 Hours. When the project started, just one Japanese car had ever won the
race (a Mazda); to qualify, Nissan would have to build a single road
The cars never won Le Mans, but two road-going R390s were produced,
each powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V8 that churned out a useful 641bhp
to give 220mph.
In the late 1970s, there was a poster of this mad hypercar on every
schoolboy's wall. With its six-wheel layout and twin-turbo 8.2-litre
Cadillac V8 hung out the back, it was one crazy monster of a car.
Just two were built, each one supposedly capable of 200mph, although
nobody ever got to verify this of course. If you fancy a Six, the second
one built is currently for sale. It's not cheap...