What's The Most Obscure Car You've Seen In The Wild?

The joy of carspotting -- whether it's in New York or Hong Kong or the rural Deep South -- is stumbling onto something that seemingly has no place among the automotive masses, the endless sea of Nissan Rogues and Chevrolet Suburbans. It is a universal delight for car enthusiasts. So what's the weirdest thing you've ever seen in the wild?

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I'm not sure I'd call this the "wild," and given its current state I'm using the term "car" rather loosely, but Terry Sayther Automotive -- the nice folks from whom I buy BMW parts sometimes -- have the shell of a BMW M1 on their premises. Or at least they have lately.

The M1, if you don't know, was a limited run mid-engined supercar from the late 1970s and early 1980s. BMW only ever made about 450 of them. I've seen a handful myself, but almost exclusively at things like the Monterey Classics Reunion -- the kind of place where you'd expect to see such a car, and in racing form as well.

I was not expecting to see the shell of one at a shop in South Austin, even if Terry Sayther is an extremely well-regarded BMW shop. A 2002, an E9, even an E28 M5? All are to be expected there, within reason; but the carcass of an M1 seemed unspeakably rare. It may be someone's project. I'm not sure. I don't know what this M1's story is or why it's there, but when I get a little more free time one of these days I want to figure it out.

Tell us about the weirdest thing you've encountered.



    I saw a Reliant Robin when I was in the UK. (3 wheeled car)

    Dodge Viper going down a dirt track in Katoomba. Person was driving it like he stole it, went past a cop and they didnt even budge

    not sure I'd count this as entirely 'obscure', but saw a DeLorean DMC-12 in the streets of Glebe once. never saw one in the flesh before and brought so much context to BTTF II when Doc said "Marty, he's in a '46 Ford, we're in a DeLorean. He'd rip through us like we were tin foil."

      There's one kicking around Brisbane too.

        I saw one in the western suburbs of Melbourne about a year ago. First time I saw one live - looked awesome.

      By pure chance I saw a DeLorean DMC-12 that was converted to all electric drive in Hiroshima, Japan near the bombed out dome. That was pretty interesting, but doubly so that it was on the 'Back to the Future' day when Marty was went to the future in 2015.

    Seeing you mentioned the BMW M1, I saw one "in the wild" in the Middle East in the '80s. It was rumoured to belong to the local Sultan and had been a 'gift' from the local BMW dealer. It was in the M series white with light blue, dark blue and red stripes across the roof and rear body.

    It looked great, but was a little out of its normal surroundings as it was driving down a dirt road. :(

    In my neck of the woods, there's a bumblebee-yellow Hennessey Camaro HPE600 I see from time to time. Sounds like the devil gargling.

    Honda insight hybrid. Often parked in Hickson road in Sydney opposite the Sydney Dance company. Pretty rare I think, might be an import.

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    Adam West era Batmobile lives near where I used to live in Eastern Suburbs in Vic. (So a ford galaxy I guess)
    Oh and a Bolwell Nagari kicks around too!

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    Leyland Force 7 outside a neighbour's house.
    I'd seen one in the Geelong dealer's display window a couple of years before and was very, very surprised to see one on the street.
    It was... not repellent is the best I can say. It looked better in the flesh than in photos. From memory there was nothing exotic about the interior, 70's fake woodgrain. The panel fit was good. I do remember that the mag wheels impressed me. They looked very European.
    It's nice to see all of the survivors are in good hands.

    A 1975 Panther De-Ville spotted in Cairns.
    A Nissan R390 GT1 in Sapporo

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