The 20 most exclusive limited edition cars ever built
Limited edition cars are a special form of art, parading the style and performance of a model from a particular manufacturer. Limited production cars are usually reserved for a special occasion, maybe an anniversary or to celebrate a partnership with another brand. As purveyors of temporary car showrooms of distinction, Spaciotempo has compiled this mouthwatering list of ‘temporary’ cars to celebrate some of the most unique limited production cars ever to hit the streets.
1. Bentley Continental GT Speed Brietling Jet Team Series
With only seven Bentley Continental GT Speed’s manufactured in 2015, they are one of the most exclusive limited production cars in the world. One of the most stylish and elusive relationships in the world, the seven Bentley’s were created to celebrate a new relationship between Bentley and the Breitling Jet Team. Each car was individually numbered to correspond with each of the seven Breitling Jets.
2. Lamborghini Veneno
From one luxury car manufacturer to another, the Lamborghini Veneno was launched in 2013 to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary. Even more limited than the Bentley Continental GT Speed, only 5 Lamborghini Veneno cars were produced.
3. Nissan Gold Leaf
To celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, Nissan created the “gold leaf”. A car wrapped in gold, to be given as a reward for Team GB’s champion athletes. The cars were awarded to gymnast Max Whitlock, who broke world records and rower, George Nash. The car was also gifted to Paralympians Richard Whitehead MBE and swimmer Matt Wylie.
4. Barbie Fiat 500
In 2009, Barbie turned 35. In order to celebrate, Barbie teamed up with Fiat, to create a special edition Fiat 500. The car featured gleaming pink paintwork, with an LED vanity mirror, diamante dials and pink interior. The car was created as a one-off show car.
5. Pop Art Bentley
Sir Peter Blake, renowned pop art artist teamed up with Bentley in 2016 to create the Pop Art Bentley, auctioned at £250,000. The money raised was donated to the Care2Save Charitable Trust.
6. Volkswagen Polo Harlequin
Staying on the colourful theme, we move onto the Volkswagen Polo Harlequinn that was released in 1995. This bright little automotive was a lot more successful than the manufacturers anticipated and they ended up selling 4,000 models, four times more than what they originally anticipated.
7. VB Evoque
Slightly classier than our previous car is the limited-edition Victoria Beckham Evoque. Beckham was given the title of creative design executive and in turn created an uber stylish Range Rover featuring hand-finished matt paint, 20-inch alloy wheels and rose gold plated accents. The car also featured an £80,000 price tag.
8. Aston Martin DB9 Bond Edition
To celebrate the release of latest Bond film, Spectre, Aston Martin created a DB9 version of the car Daniel Craig drives in the movie. Complete with ‘Spectre silver paint’ this car is sure to turn a few heads.
9. Citroen Bond 2CV
Aston Martin wasn’t the first car manufacturer to capitalise on the Bond franchise. Following the release of For Your Eyes Only, Citroen released a special edition 007 2CV, complete with stick on bullet holes. Personally, we know which one we would prefer.
10. Jeremy Scott’s Smart for two
One of our favourites on the list is the nippy Smart car, complete with wings. The collaboration between Jeremy Scott and Smart brought an electrifying result that ventured into unchartered territories and challenged the status quo. Personally, we love it.
11. Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice
Batman vs Superman was a hotly anticipated film and in order to celebrate, Jeep created the Dawn of Justice, special edition Renegade, complete with unique badging.
12. Mona Lisa VW Beetle
Mona Lisa is the most iconic painting in the world and the Volkswagen Beetle is arguably also equally as iconic. So, it almost makes sense for Volkswagen to transfer Mona Lisa’s face onto the side of their car. A pretty brave decision, we aren’t completely sold on the idea.
13. Fiat Kung Fu Panda
The Fiat Kung Fu Panda tops our chart for the funniest special edition car. Reveled at the Geneva motor show, the car comes complete with Panda headrests. Genius.
14. Skoda Yeti Ice
One of the more unusual limited edition cars is the Skoda Yeti Ice, which comes complete with a faux fur finish. Dr Yu Ciddingme explains: “The fur is so thick and luxurious that during our tests in the arctic circle, our test drivers didn’t need to use the heater.”
15. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S ‘Spitfire 80’
Heading back to the supercars, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S was launched in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the legendary Spitfire fight plane’s first flight. Only 80 models were made.
16. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection
In 2014, Rolls-Royce celebrated Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1937 world water-speed record with specially designed Phantom Drophead Coupes. There were only 35 created, powered by a Rolls-Royce R-Engine.
17. Maserati Granturismo Sport Special Edition
At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Maserati presented their special edition GranTurismo and GranCabrio models. There were only 400 models made, complete with Rosso Italiano three-layer paint.
18. BMW I8 Protonic Red Edition
The BMW I8 Protonic red edition was released in 2016, a special edition of the I8 launched in 2014. The BMW is finished in Protonic Red, with Frozen Grey metallic accents.
19. Jeep’s 75th Anniversary Range
In 2016, Jeep launched the limited edition 75th Anniversary version of their range of SUV’s. The special range of cars celebrated the milestone with exclusive branding, unique styling details and colours and a plethora of options.
20. Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Limited Edition
Mazda recently celebrated its 25th birthday and to celebrate, released 750 examples of the special 2.0 litre MX-5. Priced at a reasonable £22,995.