Supercars have a reputation for being some of the most magnificent vehicles on the planet. They have speed, performance and style all rolled into one perfect package. But only a few supercars have been successful. Many have failed or been forgotten. Does anyone remember the Panther 6? How about the Isdera Imperator 108? We’re taking a look at five forgotten supercars.
1979 Aston Martin Bulldog
Styled by William Towns, the Aston Martin Bulldog was a one-off test vehicle that Aston Martin produced. The code name for the project was DP K9.01, named after a Doctor Who character. The Bulldog had a trapezium shaped design and featured gullwing doors, hidden headlamps and a 5.3-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The car could reach a top speed of 191 mph.
Originally, 25 were meant to be produced, but only one was built. The Bulldog debuted in 1980 at the Bell Hotel at Aston Clinton. Aston Martin sold the Bulldog for around £130,000 to the highest bidder.
1976 Argyll GT
The Argyll GT was created by tuning specialist Bob Henderson. A prototype went into production in 1976 and it featured a turbocharged V8 engine. However, he didn’t bank on the oil crisis of the 1970s, which delayed the GT. The final version of the car appeared at the 1983 Scottish Motor Show with a reduced V6 engine.
The Argyll was a mash up of Morris Marina door handles, Nissan rear lights and a grid-styled body. It wasn’t an attractive motor and with an asking price of £30,000 it’s no surprise the car didn’t sell well.
1977 Panther 6
The Panther 6 stood out immediately for its six-wheel layout, which looked like something out of a sci-fi film. It featured an 8.2-litre Cadillac V8 engine with a claimed top speed of 200 mph. Inspired by the Tyrrell P34, the wheel design was made up of 265/50 VR tyres and two pairs of 205/40 VR13 tyres. Only two Panthers were produced and they still exist today. Most recently, one appeared at the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
1985 Zender Vision
The Zender Vision is one of the most obscure German cars of all time. It was created by Hans-Albert Zender, who loved experimenting with fibre reinforced plastics. He started off making bucket seats and continued with wheel arch extensions. He created the Zender Vision in 1983. The 1985 version featured a 5.6-litre V8 engine, which produced 300 horsepower.