Ten Unique Classic Sports Cars You Might Not Know Of

Sports cars have evoked a sense of freedom in people as far back as 1914, when the first ever sports car, a 25-horsepower Vauxhall ‘Prince Henry’ Sports Torpedo, was made. Over the years, the allure of sports cars grew with an undying need for speed and an undeniable interest in evolving automotive technology. Built to respond to the driver, driving a sports car induces a feeling of power, a sensation that can only be felt by bonding with a high-revving, pavement gobbling, corner conquering machine.

There’s also a feeling of exclusivity as a sports car owner, which is often paired with gratitude for the fortune of knowing the love of a sports car, especially while feeling its prowess as your hands grip the steering wheel. Though these vibes can be captured with almost any sports car on the market, including more mass-produced models like Chevrolet Corvettes or Mazda Miatas, exclusivity is heightened when automotive enthusiasts can get their hands on rare or unique sports cars that aren’t seen on the road every day, like in the below list.

Scroll through the below gallery to get a glimpse of ten unique classic sports cars listed for sale on Hemmings. You may even find something you haven’t heard of.

1979 Porsche 911SC Slant Nose

1979 Porsche 911SC Slant Nose

The slant nose design of this 1979 Porsche 911SC was installed as an aftermarket conversion to make the sports coupe more closely resemble its 935 race car bretheren. The slant nose swap trades the Porsche’s classic round headlamps for sleek lines and pop-up headlights, while wider rear fenders paired with the iconic whale tail give the impression that the Porsche is ready to pounce. The car, coated in factory Light Blue Metallic (30T), is powered by the fuel-injected 3.0L flat-six paired with a five-speed manual. Peep the classified listing for more details.

1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R (GT2) Championship Edition

1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R (GT2) Championship Edition

This 1998 Dodge Viper GTS-R (GT2) is number 56 out of just 100 Championship Editions built to commemorate both Chrysler’s 1997 FIA world championship win and the class victory in the 1998 24 hours of Le Mans. Powered by the legendary 460-horsepower 8.0-liter V10, the Championship Edition adds unique GTS-R badging, staggered 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, Oreca five-point racing harnesses, blue and black interior leather seats with color matched dashboard, console and door panels, stone white clear coat exterior paint with blue stripes, and a full aero package that included a front splitter and canards, ground-effect side skirts, and a fixed rear wing. Oh, and bragging rights.

1960 Daimler SP250 Dart 2+2 Convertible

1960 Daimler SP250 Dart 2+2 Convertible

The 1960 Daimler SP250, originally named the Daimler Dart, was the last vehicle built by the British company before it was sold in 1960 to Jaguar Cars. From the factory the sports car has a lightweight composite body, low overall curb weight, and a Hemi-head V8 engine with a top speed of over 120 mph – all great features by the standards of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Its biggest fault? When it was first revealed to the public during the 1959 New York Motor Show, it earned the unofficial title of “Ugliest Car In Show,” but we’ll let you make that determination. Check out this low-mileage, well-documented example listed on Hemmings Classifieds.

1968 Matra Jet 6

1968 Matra Jet 6

According to the classified listing, this 1968 Mantra Jet 6 is just one of 222 made and could be one of just three that made it to the United States. It’s powered by a rebuilt 1255cc Gordini engine, reportedly the original engine for this car. It has not been broken in since install. The manual transmission is from a Renault Estefet. There are just a few minor items that the Mantra needs to get back on the road. Get the details.

1973 Datsun 240 Z

1973 Datsun 240 Z

The first-generation Z car commands attention the moment it enters the market. Known as the Japanese version of the iconic E-type Jaguar for its beauty, it’s no wonder why the 240Z is in high demand. This example is a largely original survivor car coated in its original factory blue finish. According to the classified listing, the Datsun Z car has zero rust, detailed documentation, and just one owner in its history.

1971 Iso Rivolta Lele Sport

1971 Iso Rivolta Lele Sport

By 1971, the ISO Rivolta company had become internationally famous among in-the-know car enthusiasts for its innovation approach to combining Italian design with American powertrains to produce reliable performance cars with unmistakable style. The ISO Rivolta sports car and race car models participated in some of the world’s greatest motorsports competitions, including the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 1000 km of the Nürburgring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and two seasons in the Formula 1 Championship.

Iso Rivolta built the four-seater sports car named “Lele,” named after company owner Piero Rivolta’s wife, between 1969 and 1974. This restored 1971 Iso Lele Sport, located in Germany, is presumed to be one of 20 built.

1985 Nissan 300ZX

1985 Nissan 300ZX

This rad 1985 Nissan 300ZX sports styling that is a direct flashback to the ‘80s. Offered in Japan from 1983 to 2000 and in the United States from 1984 to 1996, the 300ZX was a follow up to the original Nissan Z Car, marketed as the Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan and the 240Z in the U.S. The “X” in the model name takes after the 280ZX, notating the extra touch of luxury and comfort. The promise of luxury plus more performance and better efficiency from Nissan’s new 60-degree VG30 3.0-liter V6 meant that the first generation 300ZX, much like this example, became the highest volume selling Z-car for Nissan during its production from 1983 through 1989.

Prefer your sports cars in red? Check out this five-speed 1986 Nissan 300ZX.

1975 Maserati Merak

1975 Maserati Merak

The Merak was Maserati’s second factory mid-engine car, the first being the Bora, built to compete with the likes of the Ferrari Dino 246 among other sports cars that adopted the balanced engine layout. It combined the sleek body design by Giugiaro with a180-horsepower V6 engine, built to be economical during the era’s oil crisis. Just 1832 examples were produced from 1972 to 1983, this refurbished 1975 Maserati Merak being one of them.

1953 Jaguar XK120SE XK120

1953 Jaguar XK120SE XK120

Upon its introduction in 1948, the Jaguar XK 120 quickly gained popularity for its stunning design, impressive performance, and advanced engineering. This example, a XK120SE (SE for “Special Equipment”) is powered by a 3.4-liter inline-six engine equipped with twin overhead camshafts and could reach a top speed of approximately 120 mph, making it one of the fastest production cars of its time.

1963 Ferrari 250GTL Lusso

1963 Ferrari 250GTL Lusso

Last on this list is a sports car so exquisite, it’s out of reach for most enthusiasts. This V12-powered 1963 Ferrari 250GTL Lusso is numbers-matching and has been owned by the same person for 50 years. According to the listing, the classic sports car has seen a repaint, interior restoration, and an engine rebuild. Ferrari made just 350 examples between 1962 and 1964, and it’s quite rare to see one for sale.

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