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These 10 Classic Supercars Aren't As Fast As Their Price Tags Will Have You Believe – HotCars

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Whether it’s the Countach or the one-of-a-kind Aixam Mega Track, these classic supercars aren’t fast enough to command their hefty price tags.
With their beautiful craftsmanship, incredible performance, and a touch of luxury, many classic supercars now command jaw-dropping figures. However, many millionaires don’t just want the exclusivity that comes with owning a super rare exotic—they want power and speed!
If you are feeling nostalgic with a need for speed, you may want to consider other supercars. From the iconic Countach to the one-of-a-kind Aixam Mega Track, these classic supercars aren't fast enough to command their hefty price tag.
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When the Lamborghini Miura was introduced in 1966, it was not like any other supercar at the time, with a V12 engine and fascinating body. As the first supercar with a rear-wheel-drive configuration and rear mid-engine, the Miura set a new standard in the sports cars segment.
With a 0-60 mph time of 6.7 seconds, the Miura was one of the fastest production cars of that era. At the time of release, the Lamborghini Miura cost only $20,000 (equivalent to $167,036 in 2021). However, it goes for roughly a million dollars.
The Ferrari 288 GTO is an exotic homologation of the 308 GTB, with production running from 1984 to 1987. With its sublime beauty and raw level of performance, the Ferrari 288 GTO is a highly coveted supercar today. It goes for a whopping $2.7 million, per Hagerty.
The 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO produces 394 hp and 366 lb-ft of torque from a 2.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8. Its 0-60 mph time stands at 4.8 seconds, which is a far cry from what’s obtainable from some cheaper modern sports cars. The Ferrari 288 GTO looks like an evolution of the Berlinetta Boxer and the 308, but it's more aggressive, wider, and shorter.
The BMW M1 is perhaps the first supercar designed for everyday use. While the M1 seems to be a failure sales-wise, it isn't too shabby when it comes to performance. With a chassis for racing, the M1 is rock-solid and stable around tight corners at street speeds.
With an output of 273 hp from a 3.5-liter straight-six engine and a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, the BMW M1 was quick and powerful by the standards of the 1970s. With only 430 units available before the end of production in 1981, the BMW M1 is a rarity today and sells for nearly half a million dollars.
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With only 7 units available, the Ford GT40 Mk III is a super rare road-going supercar. It inspired the 2005 Ford GT40, however, both cars have very different performance specifications. The 1967 Ford GT40 Mk III gets its power from a 4.7-liter engine with an output of 306 horsepower.
The GT40 Mk III zooms to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and tops out at 165 mph, which is not that impressive for a car worth over $3.6 million today. Unlike the converted MkI, the roadgoing MkIII retains Ford's motorsports prowess, with its elongated bodywork.
The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is another super rare supercar with only 18 examples from 1967 to 1969. The mid-engined, roadgoing sports car draws inspiration from the Tipo 33 sports prototype. Appearing in the 1967 Italian film That Splendid November, the Stradale holds a special place in the heart of gearheads and movie lovers.
Thanks to its rarity, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale goes for over $10 million at auction. The 2.0-liter V8 engine on the Stradale pumps out 227 hp and 152 lb-ft of torque, which is enough to blast the Italian supercar to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
The Lamborghini Miura’s successor, the Countach shaped the way we see the Raging Bull today. With production running from 1974 to 1990, the five models of the Countach were popularized by their wedge-shaped designs. Depending on engine configuration, the Countach zooms to 62 mph from anywhere between 5.9 seconds and 4.5 seconds.
All Countach models get their power from a V12, which produces between 350 hp and 736 hp. The Countach is by no means the best Lamborghini marque in terms of performance, but with its bold look and rarity, it commands roughly half a million dollars today.
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The Aixam Mega Track is one of those French supercars that remain in obscurity due to its quirky nature. This one-of-a-kind supercar crossover is particularly great for its off-road capabilities and practicality. The Mega Track is significantly larger than most supercars today, with a seating capacity of four.
However, it’s also one of the largest and heaviest supercars ever, with a weight of 5,027 pounds. With that weight, the 6.0-liter Mercedes M120 V12 engine can produce 389 hp with a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds.
The Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada is an exotic supercar with a low and swoopy side look that reminds you of the Lamborghini Miura. With production spanning three years, the 5300 GT Strada is Bizzarrini’s most successful marque with about 133 examples available.
The Bizzarrini’s power comes from a 5.4-liter Chevrolet 327 V8 engine that cranks out 365 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque. The extremely low-slung supercar has a 62 mph sprint time of just below 7 seconds, which isn’t exactly fast by today’s standard, but it commands up to $795,000, according to Hagerty.
The V16T is the only product to come out of Cizeta’s factory, so even serious supercar fans might not be aware of its existence. The Cizeta-Moroder V16T is based on the Lamborghini Urraco, with a chrome-moly elliptical steel chassis. It gets its power from a 6.0-liter V16 engine with an output of 540 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.
When it comes to acceleration, the Cizeta-Moroder V16T hits 62 mph in less than five seconds, which is great for a 1990s car. However, for a car that’s worth over $1.4 million today, the Cizeta-Moroder V16T might not be the best option for a millionaire that’s big on speed.
The Bora is Maserati’s first mid-engine vehicle, with production running from 1971 to 1978. It shows Maserati’s civilized and practical side, as it features a tilting steering and a hydraulically powered pedal cluster. While most supercars barely offer comfortable legroom, the Bora has an almost full-size trunk at the front.
The Bora offers two engines: a 4.7L V8 and a 4.9L V8. The longitudinally-mounted engines connect to a ZF-1 five-speed transaxle that sends power to the rear wheels. There are many cheaper supercars out there that offer a faster 62 mph sprint time than the Maserati Bora.
Peter Akpejeluh is a content writer with years of experience in the automotive industry. His love for cars makes crafting colorful stories around them quite effortless. When Peter is not developing automotive content, you can find him taking one of his favorite cars for a spin.