Which leads me to my next point, a unicorn doesn't have to be a good car. One of my coworkers saw one of those little DIY lawnmower engined cars they used to advertise in the back of Popular Mechanics 50 years ago, and he was astonished. He didn't think they actually existed outside the ads. Those are not particularly good, but they've probably been darn near non-existant since they came out!
Unicorn status of older, affordable, performance cars is generally reserved for mint versions of that model. Just because your buddy, acquaintance, dad, co-worker, etc has a Galant VR4 doesn't mean it's a unicorn. IF one of those people had a 10k miles 93 SHO that was showroom fresh? Yeah, to people who really like those cars, that's definitely a unicorn. And people will pay a lot more for them. It's the same thing with cars like mkII GTI 16v and Corrados. You can easily buy either one of those cars right now if you wanted to. But to buy one that hasn't been molested or poorly repaired or in an accident? And with low mileage and excellent original paint? That would take years to find (especially the GTI) if you started from scratch. And certainly would be unicorn if you found one. I can't tell you the last time I saw ANY mkII GTI 16v or Corrado on the road--much less a mint one.
It really all about relative rarity over total production numbers, IMO. It's also very subjective. Some people on here would probably go nuts for a low mileage 87 Celebrity eurosport in showroom condition. That would be a unicorn to them. Saying that something is more of a unicorn that something else is silly then. Either it is or it isn't. There's no levels of unicorness.
And yes, I haven't seen a minty MK2 on the road in AGES.
Once in a while someone will show up with something truly bizarre, like a Volvo 240 Bertone, Lamborghini Jalpa, or a Porsche 928 and that's where my "whoa, that's special and unusual" light starts to light. I guess everyone's threshold for "unicorn" falls somewhere different based on their surroundings.
And Barry, that little car you posted is exactly what I was talking about. One of my coworker's neighbors just bought one and it's been puttering around, sitting in his driveway and on his trailer for a few weeks. Neat thing to see, for sure!
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I took this picture Sunday 30 September 2012 in Point Loma area of San Diego, outside a livery company:
wish i had noticed you can't see the double rear wheels; 2 axles, not dually...
just did an image search and plenty of examples appear (below), but i'd never seen one before.
Oldsmobile Toronado Hi-Top
"Jetaway 707" by American Quality Coach
(Later used as a base for the famous GM Motor Homes)
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I also agree with FT's comment about the XJ220 in colors other than silver.
I've posted these in the past but they both qualify as legit unicorn status. Both were limited production cars, both were seen on the public streets, and both had to jump through hoops to be in the U.S..
Mclaren F1....you know the stats.
Aston DB7 Zagato. 99 produced, this was one of five in left had drive.
I think the automotive "unicorn" would include some level of actual desire by most auto enthusiasts to see one. Would you sprain your neck trying to see it? Maybe u-turn and go back for a pic?
XJ220 is one of those cars.
The SHO is not. They are "cars of note", but not hard to find by any means.
I saw this a few months ago and may have posted a thread. It wasn't at a GTG but it was probably at supercar sunday that day.
how come a transvestite donkey witch is next to you and why is it wearing a dress?
Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you mother****er, say what one more goddamn time!
Originally Posted by GolfVIDriver
In Gone in 60 Seconds, (which I admit isn't exactly the zenith of modern cinema), Cage's unicorn was a 1967 Shelby GT500. Not as rare as an XJ220, but still special to him.
"A unicorn is the one car that no matter how many times you try to boost, something always goes wrong."
the ****? this is your working definition of a unicorn?
yeah, but nic cage, yo.
nicolas MOTHER BLEEPING cage. you change your definition of unicorn to conform to the cage NOW!!!!!