It’s not uncommon to see limited edition cars being created out of mass-production cars. Take for example Ferrari, they’ve always had a thing for creating lightweight, more potent versions of their already spectacular sports cars like the 458 Speciale, but these expensive cars are not even remotely considered to be exotic sports cars.
Today we’re going to have a look at some insanely expensive versions of normal, affordable everyday cars, some of these will be collaborations between two brands, and others will be just blatantly overpriced because they don’t conform to the norm.
10 Fiat 500c Gucci Edition
To celebrate its 90th birthday, the Italian fashion house Gucci decided to join forces with Fiat and create a limited edition version of their affordable hatchback, the 500. Although everything mechanically was identical to the usual 500’s 100-hp engine, exterior-wise, Gucci had a few inputs.
Only 500 of these were ever built, and they were offered in only white or black and came with the distinctive Gucci stripe on the outside, as well as some Gucci design elements in their cabin. Back in 2013, the Fiat 500 Gucci Edition hardtop cost $24,550, and the droptop version cost $28,550 – do keep in mind that a Fiat 500 at the time started at around $15,500.
9 Mini Cooper S Goodwood Edition
On the surface, this black Mini looks just like any old Mini Cooper from the 2010s, but there’s much more to it actually. The Mini Cooper S Goodwood Edition was a Mini built in collaboration with Rolls-Royce themselves, therefore you have a magnificent interior and a blissfully comfortable ride just as you’d expect from any other Rolls-Royce.
Only 1,000 of these Goodwood Minis were ever built, and all of them were painted in Rolls-Royce Diamond Black Metallic paint, and on the inside, they featured Cornsilk leather upholstery, complemented by walnut burr veneer panels. In 2012, one of these Goodwood Edition Coopers would have set you back $52,000, which is double the cost of a Cooper S from the same year.
8 Subaru Impreza 22B STI
We all know and love Impreza models built by Subaru, and while they’re far from being considered boring, they can be classified as everyday cars. However, there is one specific Subie that’s worth surpassing anything else they have ever built, and it’s called the 22B STI.
All 22Bs were fitted with a powerful 2.2-liter turbo-four that emitted 276 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque that was sent to all four wheels, and all of them were built in celebration of Subaru’s 40th anniversary, as well as their hat trick win in the FIA World Rally Championship. Back in 1998, one of these would have cost you a staggering $125,000, but nowadays, they’re even more expensive.
7 Aston Martin Cygnet
The Aston Martin Cygnet isn’t actually an Aston Martin at all, underneath its awkward, yet handsome body, it exists as a Toyota iQ, also known as the Scion iQ. That’s right, this Toyota cost nearly $40,000 when new, but it was all worth it since it saved the Aston Martin brand from drowning.
Aston Martin is well-known for its gorgeous luxury sports cars, but most of them are powered by either V12 or V8 engines, and from an eco-freak’s point of view, that’s not good. So, to minimize the amount of money they had to pay to comply with modern rules and regulations, they built the 1.3-liter four-cylinder Cygnet.
6 Volkswagen Polo Harlequin/Harlekin
Contrary to popular belief, the Harlequin/Harlekin wasn’t painted this colorful to show off all the different colors they were offered in, but rather, each color symbolized a different aspect of the Polo. Blue symbolized engines & chassis, green referred to paintwork, red stood for special equipment, and yellow for the interior.
A total of just 3,100 Harlequin/Harlekin models were produced for the world, and if you wanted to purchase a base model Polo back in 1996 you’d have to pay upwards of $2,400, but if you wanted to acquire a colorful one, that’d set you back approximately $13,000.
5 Nissan Gold Leaf
The Nissan Leaf was one of the forerunners in the EV space when it was released about 10 years ago to challenge the Toyota Prius. Since then, there hasn’t been much innovation or remarkable feats accomplished by the Leaf, except for a particular event that took place in 2016.
In celebration of Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock’s gold medal in the 2016 Olympics at Rio, Nissan gifted him a gold-wrapped Nissan Leaf. The whereabouts, as well as the Leaf’s price, is unverifiable, but we can speculate that it would be worth more than double its original value hence the previous instance where Nissan awarded an athlete a gold-wrapped Nissan was for Usain Bolt, and it almost fetched $200,000 when it was auctioned off.
4 Audi Q7 V12 TDI
The Q7 was Audi’s flagship SUV meant to take on the might of the Range Rover, but they created one ultimate version of the Q7 that was borderline bonkers. Instead of powering their Q7 with a ghastly V8, they had a madder idea and put in a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 that feeds on diesel fuel.
It might have looked ordinary on the outside, but its powertrain produced a whopping 500 hp and over-the-top 738 lb-ft of torque, and thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the 5,900-lb Q7 could make a 0-60 sprint in just 5.5 seconds and go on to reach 112 mph in 15.7 seconds. Of course, this didn’t come cheap, and a 2009 Q7 V12 TDI would have put a $283,000-sized dent in your wallet.
3 Audi TT ALMS Commemorative Edition
The first generation Audi TT is one of the best affordable sports cars ever built, well at least now they are, but there was one specific variant of the MK1 TT that was far more expensive than the rest, the ALMS Commemorative Edition – that’s a mouth full.
Audi built just 1,000 of these in celebration of their success in the American Le Mans Series. All of them were built as hardtops and were only offered in two colorways, Misano red, and Avus silver, and every single one was equipped with a 225-hp turbo-four, all-wheel-drive, and a 6-speed standard transmission. Oh, and they cost just under $40,000 when they were new – do keep in mind that base model TTs cost just $8,000.
2 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition
Just like the TT, Miatas are considered to be one of the best sports cars for first-time buyers; they’re affordable, stylish, and a blast to drive. The third generation NC did however get the short end of the stick and is unrightfully hated by Miata fans since it’s larger, heavier, and less cute than its predecessors.
Mazda listened to the public and gave the NC Miata a proper send-off, and they called it the 25th Anniversary Edition in celebration of the Miata name’s 25th birthday. Only 1,000 examples of these Soul Red Miatas were built, and they all inhabited the same 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-banger that produced 160 hp and was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. There was one drawback, however… instead of being an affordable sports car, the 25th Anniversary Edition costs an astounding $33,000.
1 Mercedes-Benz 190E Evo II
When it comes to classic Mercedes-Benz models, especially sedans, most of them look nearly identical, and this includes the 190E Evo II – albeit fitted with wide arches and a rear wing the size of a small house – but this was as far from a normal Benz as you could get.
The 190E Evo II came with a Cosworth-tuned 2.5-liter naturally-aspired inline-four that put out 232 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, and in reality, it could put all its power down and reach a top speed of 155 mph and do a 0-60 run in as little as 7.1 seconds. Overall, just 502 units of the Evo II were produced, and back in 1990, one would have cost you about $80,000 – this almost seems like a bargain considering they sell for more than $400,000 nowadays.