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10 cars that are so obscure, you have more chance of seeing a Welsh castle*

Being away from civilisation for weeks is unlikely to narrow down your chances of seeing these cars, which are rarer than a celebrity enjoying a snack of wriggling insects.

Gibbs Aquada

The Gibbs Aquada is an amphibious vehicle that can drive at 99 mph on a road but also reach 27 knots on water – and it racked up over 60 patents for its technical innovations.

 

Volkswagen K70

The K70, sold between 1970 and 1975, was Volkswagen’s first full-production car with a water-cooled, front-mounted engine, but its reputation for rust killed it off.

 

Reliant Sabre 

Long before Reliant thought three-wheelers were a good idea, it collaborated with an Israeli company to build the Sabre sports car, powered by Ford engines.

 

Asia Rocsta

Sold in the UK between 1994 and 1998, this 4x4 was based on a vehicle used by the South Korean military. Cheap and cheerful – until it broke down.

 

Suzuki X-90 

A strange-looking convertible off-roader with removable roof panels, the X-90 was on sale in the UK for two years, but it failed to capture the interest of consumers.

 

Saab 9-4X

Swedish carmaker Saab had a long and distinguished history, but eventually succumbed to bankruptcy, just as it launched the 9-4X, a small luxury SUV, so only 1,000 examples were ever built.

 

Bitter SC 

Built by a small, specialist manufacturer in Germany, the Bitter SC was an 80s sports car – in convertible and coupé forms – that had more than a hint of Ferrari styling.

 

NSU Ro80

This innovative and stylish German saloon car is an obscure 70s automotive icon, but it was cool enough to persuade Volkswagen to buy NSU and relaunch it as Audi.

 

Bristol Fighter

Despite its name, the Bristol Fighter is not a warplane, but an all-British supercar from the early 2000s, designed by a Formula One engineer and powered by a Dodge Viper V10 engine.

 

Bricklin SV-1

There aren’t many Canadian sports cars in automotive history, which is why the Bricklin SV-1 is notable. With its gullwing doors, wedge-like styling and pop-up headlights, it was every inch a 70s speedster.

 

* Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe.

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