Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion (1997)
Tempted by a CLK GTR but worried it might try to nip at your neighbors’ ankles? Why not adopt a friendly-faced Porsche GT1 Straßenversion? (that’s pronounced strahss-en-version.)
Like the AMG, the 911 GT1 was born as a racecar and modified just enough to meet FIA homologation requirements. Don’t let the nice leather and air conditioning fool you though. Emission requirements may have cut the Straßenversion back to 537 horsepower, but a 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph make this one of the most hardcore vehicles ever to wear a license plate. Oh, and let’s not forget that at 45 inches tall, it probably only goes up to your waist.
BMW M1 (1978-1981)
Ah, the seventies. The big hair, the orange upholstery, the cars that looked like cheese wedges. Not all of them have aged gracefully, but we like to think that this particular hunk of cheese has done pretty well. The M1 was BMW’s first stab at what would later become the supercar market.
BMW worked with engineers from Lamborghini. The marque’s motorsport division put the engine in the middle and a stripey new badge on the back.
Like the 288, the M1 missed its chance with the FIA, but BMW’s own ProCar series made sure the M1 would live on with a rich racing pedigree.
Ferrari 250 GTO (1962-1964)
The undisputed king of all Ferraris, the 250 GTO embodies the exclusivity and raw passion that the brand has built its entire identity around. Yet this GOAT of Ferraris (and textbook definition of classic race car) never actually met the homologation requirements it needed to race.
Only 39 of the required 100 vehicles ever left Maranello, but thanks to some strategically skipped VINs the GTO went on to become a legend. With asking prices now nearing $60 million, this bad boy has become the highest-priced vehicle in the world.View on One Page