Cool Sports Cars You Have Never Heard Of

Beyond the big car companies in the U.S., most people are familiar with the names of famed U.S. carmakers that no longer exist, such as Studebaker, Duesenberg, and Packard. There are lesser-known companies that are still making cars today, and some more recently deceased.

1.) Avanti

Originally built by Studebaker in the 1960s, a new version, the Avanti II was build from 2000 to 2007 by Avanti Motor Company. The angular styling and aluminum construction suggest a supercar, but the Avanti is really more of a regular sports car.

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At launch, the engine will be a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost four-cylinder, with 240 hp and 219 lb-ft. Later on, DC plans to offer a Honda V6 with 394 hp. With a reorganization pending, we should be seeing the iconic Avanti on the road again soon.

2.) Callaway C16

The Callaway C16 is Callaway’s 16th major automotive project. It represents everything we know about how to make a great road car. The Callaway C16 is a limited production, built to order, by what the Press has called “the best specialist engineers in the business”. These cars are fast, beautiful, and exclusive.

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3.) Mosler MT900SC

During the 1980s, Warren Mosler created his own low-slung, lightweight racing cars modeled after aerodynamic GT cars. These days, the new Mosler MT900SC mid-engine sports cars pumps out over 1000hp.

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4.) Delorean DMC

In 1981 to 1982 John DeLorean, the late, charismatic former GM executive built 9000 towo seat sport coupes. DeLorean Motor Company of Humble has purchased the rights and plans to sell all-electric DeLoreans.

5.) Tesla Model S

The Tesla Roadster is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) produced by Tesla Motors in California. Founded by Elon Musk of PayPal fame, the Tesla roadster was the first highway-capable, all electric vehicle in production in the United States.

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6.) Falcon F7

In 2009 Jeff Lemke began production of the Falcon F7. The chassis is based on an aluminum monocoque from a race car, the body is carbon fiber and it features a midmounted Corvette LS7 V-8 engine.

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7. Hennessey Venom GT

John Hennessey’s twin-turbo V-10 Viper set world records which led him design his Venom GT two-seater. Powered by a 1244 hp Corvette LS7 V-8 only eight have been made – one for rocker Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame.

8. Panoz Abruzzi

Donald Panoz went on the market with his roadster in 1990. Designed to embody “brute strength and raw power built for the absolute pleasure of high-speed driving,” the Panoz roadsters are stunning-looking and driving automobiles.”

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