The Ford Motor Company is one of the most famous car manufacturers in the entire world and is credited with introducing the world to mass production and large-scale manufacturing of automobiles. Chevrolet is also one of the most popular car manufacturers in the world and is probably best known for producing one of the best sports cars ever invented, the Corvette.
Ford and Chevrolet have been around for over 100 years and have released some amazing cars throughout their timeline, some expensive, some rather mediocre. However, it is the unique and individual ones that most people seemingly care about. Here are the 20 rarest Ford and Chevrolet cars in the world (and how much they cost).
20 1969 Chevrolet AstroVette ($60,000 - $1M)
The Chevrolet Astrovette isn't any old Chevy and is probably one of the most interesting cars to have ever come out of the famed automobile manufacturers. Yes, the car was part of a program that sought to improve the aerodynamics of the Corvette. There are only a few of these limited edition vehicles available and can be yours for around $50K. However, there are some immaculate builds out there starting at more than a million.
19 2005 Ford GTX1 Roadster ($489,900)
The Ford GTX1 Roadster is so rare that only 30 units were ever made. The car was originally based on the Ford GT40, which often described as the best American race car in history. The car pictured above is number 24 and has the pleasure of being the only car in the entire 30 model production to wear black and gold. Plus, it even has signatures of some of the coolest people in the car industry such as Caroll Shelby, Henry Ford III, and Roger Penske.
18 1957 Chevy El Morocco ($181,500)
The Chevrolet El Morocco came to life after a businessman had a dream of building his very own Cadillac inspired vehicle. However, what he wanted was a cross between a Cadillac and a smaller lighter car, in what eventually became, the El Morocco. Sadly, although it was cheaper to buy than an actual Cadillac, it didn't quite take off and numbers dwindled causing it to go out of production pretty quickly. These days, the car is considered to be a collectible, with one selling in 2016 for a whopping $181,500.
17 1964 Ford GT40 PROTOTYPE ($7M)
There are expensive cars and there are extreme cars. The 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype most certainly falls into the latter category and was recently sold for a whopping $7M. The car has a wonderful history and was originally one of just two models. Sadly, the other model caught on fire and the remaining car failed on the race track. Nevertheless, it is an important car in the history of Ford racing, not to mention pricey.
16 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 ($70,000 - $80,000)
The Chevrolet Camaro has an interesting story in that the production for the 1969 model was exceptionally long causing it to extend into 1970. As a result, it is rumored that many 69 Camaro's were sold as 1970 models but were all assigned 1969 VIN codes. Whatever the case, the car is still regarded as a classic and can fetch more than a few bucks at auction.
15 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 R-Code ( $275,000)
During the 60s, Ford was intent on making the most powerful muscle car of all time. The result? The Ford Fairlane 500 R-Code. Yes, the car had such a humungous V8 engine that it also needed a plastic hood with an even bigger scoop to air the thing out. However, sadly things didn't quite work and only 57 of them were ever produced. Hence, the big price tag.
14 1956 Chevrolet Nomad ($80,000 - $150,000)
In 1955, Chevrolet released the Chevy Nomad, a modern-looking boxy vehicle with a point to prove. By 1956, Chevrolet gave the car a mini makeover, improving things such as the front end and tail lights. Over the years, the cars have dwindled, especially the first-generation, with the 1956 edition extremely rare.
13 1967 Ford GT40 MkIII ($300,000 - $350,000)
The Ford GT40 MK III was a street-legal automobile with four headlamps, a 4.7-liter engine, a large backside, and an ashtray. Yes, the car was a road-version of the original Ford GT40 racing car, hence the added ashtray and extra room in the back. Sadly, only 7 of these beauties were ever created making them extremely rare and exceptionally expensive.
12 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman ($30,000 - $50,000)
The Chevrolet Yeoman was a nice little station wagon that was available in two models, either a two-door or a four-door. During its one year lifespan, a whopping 187,000 wagons were built. However, only 16,590 of the two-door models remain which begs the question, where have they all gone?!
11 2003 Ford Thunderbird Limited Edition 007 ($40,000 - $500,000)
Not many people realize how much influence Ford had over the vehicles used in the early James Bond movies. Think about it? Bond often drove an Aston Martin, a company once owned by Ford. Plus, Ford has been known to do a lot of product placement in the 007 franchise. The Ford Thunderbird also has connections to Bond and was driven by Bond girl, Halle Berry in Die Another Day. The car was big deal upon its release, mostly due to the soft top, and is now considered a classic.
10 1969 Yenko 427 Nova ($50,000)
The 427 Yenko Nova was a beauty of a vehicle and was in some ways not fit for public use. That's right, the car was so cutting edge and pure, that it became rather dangerous to drive but extremely tempting to petrolheads all over the world. Sadly, only 38 were ever made with just 7 accounted for. So now is the time to look inside your nearest abandoned barn!
9 1980 Ford Mustang McLaren M81 ($75,000)
During the late 70s and early 80s, muscle cars had gone out of fashion. Gone were the days of hefty engines and gas-guzzling monster machines, with compact and convenient cars the latest fashion. However, there were a few special editions that managed to break through, one being the M81 McLaren Mustang. Yes, the car was a hodgepodge of McLaren engineering and classic Mustang dynamics. Unfortunately, the car bombed and only 10 were ever sold.
8 1967 Corvette L88 ($3.5M)
Chevrolet loves nothing more than enticing customers with a great vehicle, only to make around 20 of them and stop production forever. Yes, that's exactly what they did with the L88 Corvette, a car that was originally designed for professional racing but ended up in the hands of street drivers. These days, the car is extremely rare to find.
7 1969 Ford Torino Talladega ($50,000)
The Ford Torino Talladega was a muscle car produced during the first weeks of 1969. The name, Talladega, was given to the car to commemorate the now world-famous, Talladega Superspeedway, which opened the same year. At first, the car was produced specifically to help Ford win races in the wonderful world of NASCAR racing, but it was eventually sold to the public with just 500 cars made available.
6 1970 Chevelle SS ($60,000 - $100,000)
The Chevrolet Chevelle was available between 1964 and 1977. However, it was the 1970 SS that was considered the best, with the car boasting a 350 horsepower (260kW) Turbo-Jet 396 V8 engine, as well as some serious suspension and top of the range sports wheels. The 1970 versions are now considered to be a rarity in the car world and can be worth a few bucks at auction as a result.
5 1974 Ford Capri ($100,000)
The Ford Capri first arrived in 1968 and enjoyed a long lifespan of around 20 years. In 1974, Ford announced the release of the Capri II, which came with a larger body, a modern interior, and a smaller steering wheel. Interestingly, the 1974 edition is now limited to just 50 cars in the whole world, with one recently selling at auction for nearly $100K.
4 1978 Ford Falcon XC Cobra ($165,000)
The now-legendary Falcon XC Cobra was actually built by Ford Australia and is very different compared to the U.S version of the Cobra. The Australian version is mostly known for its appearance in the movie, Mad Max, as well as the 5.0-liter V8 engine. The car was also given a racing stripe, which made it stand out from the very basic cars in Australia at the time. Sadly, only 400 of these beauties were ever made, making it one of the rarest and most expensive special edition Fords.
3 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ZL-1 ($120,000)
The Corvette really is a highlight in the motor manufacturing world and has been one of the most sought after vehicles since its very beginning. The 1969 Corvette Stingray with the ZL1 package was also one of the best Corvette adaptations, especially when you look at the shape of the car as well as the luxurious design.
2 1986 Ford RS200 ($160,000)
The Ford RS200 was a mid-engined sports car produced by Ford between 1984 and 1986. Interestingly, the car came in two versions, a racing vehicle, or a street-legal car. The rally car didn't do too well, especially when one racer was killed in the car after he hit a tree. The street-legal version was also a little underwhelming, and only 200 were ever made.
1 1973 Chevrolet Vega ($30,000 - $40,000)
It might not be the best car to have ever come out of the Chevy factory, but it sure is rare. The car was produced between 1971 and 1977 and somehow managed to reach stores after a disastrous prototype that fell apart on its release date. Yes, the car may not have been built very well, but you will definitely increase your bank balance with this piece of junk.