The Rise of the Supercar

Richard Cox  •  Rent A Vette News  •  

From a Porsche to a Jaguar, you can take a spin in one of the coolest cars in the world. Rent A Vette has been providing affordable exotic car rentals since 1994. Call (888) 308-5995 or reserve online here.

 The Super History of the Supercar

The classification of “supercar” existed before “muscle car” in the US. While “muscle car” was eventually used to describe the “dragstrip bred” affordable mid-size cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the supercar commonly refers to at least 4 different types of vehicles:

  • Limited production vehicles from an “elite” automaker
  • Standard cars modified to be more powerful and faster
  • Models that appeal to car enthusiasts from smaller automakers
  • One-of-a-kind “showcase” vehicles retrofitted by custom car manufacturers, usually updated with the latest street racing technology

Bentley is credited with coming up with some of the original supercars, which were in production from 1926 to 1930. The most successful racing Bentley was the Bentley Speed Six, introduced in 1928.

1930 Bentley Speed Six

1930 Bentley Speed Six. Source

 

Eventually, the combination of a potent engine in a lightweight car lead to the 1957 Rambler Rebel, which was described as a “veritable supercar”. And by the sixties, the supercar became an official industry trend and four domestic automakers began producing cars to cash in on the supercar popularity. Over the years, the supercar (and its marketing) has evolved and the term is now generally used to describe “a very expensive, fast, or powerful car with a centrally located engine.”

A line of supercars at a meetup.

A line of supercars at a meetup. Source

 

Some Super Facts About Supercars

  1. The Isdera Imperator, a Mercedes Benz-based engine supercar, had a rearview periscope. Land submarine anyone?
  2. The Panther Six and the Covini C6W have 6 wheels. Six!
  3. The Bugatti Veyron has 12 radiators. The car sitting in your driveway probably has one.
  4. Most expensive supercar NOT for sale is the 1963 Ferrari GTO 250. Since none are currently available, you couldn’t buy it even if you had $53 million burning a hole in your pocket.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, from the Ralph Lauren collection.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, from the Ralph Lauren collection. Source

 

  1. Only 10 Deloreans of Back to the Future fame were ever made.
  2. After WWII, Ferruccio Lamborghini started a successful tractor and farm implement business. Being the savvy mechanic that he was, he figured out why his Ferrari clutch repeatedly failed and improved the design. The rest, as they say, is history. Not surprisingly, he and Enzo Ferrari weren’t best friends.
  3. The fastest American car in 1987 was the 245 hp turbocharged Buick GNX. It was faster than the Corvette. But apparently Chevrolet was not amused, so only 547 cars were produced.
  4. The first production Dodge Vipers had no windows, exterior door handles, or even anti-lock brakes.
  5. The titanium bolts on a Pagani Huayra costs $80 each. There are 1,400 bolts. With a little math magic, that means the bolts alone cost $112,000.
  6. For just $4 million, you can purchase the Lamborghini Veneno, which makes it the most expensive product car for sale.
Lamborghini Veneno.

Lamborghini Veneno. Source

 

Rent Your Choice of SuperCar at Rent A Vette

If you’re looking to rent a sleek, eye-catching fast car with sporty handling, visit Arizona’s oldest exotic car rental company—Rent A Vet—for a an affordable lineup of luxury vehicles. Get friendly, personal, and accommodating customer service when you CALL (888) 308-5995 & ASK FOR RICK, OR PLACE A RESERVATION ONLINE.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *