Seriously Special Rides: The Craziest Special Edition Vehicles

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Limited edition vehicles are a chance for carmakers to get a little weird. Whether it’s a wild paint scheme, an unforgettable gimmick, or an unlikely brand crossover, the auto industry has seen it all. Here are some of the craziest special edition vehicles we’ve found.

Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition

Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition/Image Credit: Hyundai

Billionaire super hero Iron Man and this cute, compact crossover from Hyundai may not be a combination you would expect, but it turns out that the results are pretty darn cool. This special edition Kona features a matte gray body color, which comes from the original Iron Man suit in the comics, while the red roof and accents are a nod to the MCU Tony Stark. Hyundai even threw in some subtle Easter Eggs, like the Iron Man logo on the side of the car and Stark’s signature on the dash.

AMC Gremlin Levi’s Edition

Interior of the AMC Gremlin Levi’s Edition/Image Credit: Heddels

Have you ever thought, “This car’s great, but it needs more denim”? No? Well, obviously someone at AMC did. The economical, compact Gremlin fits quite well with the all-American image of Levi’s, and people couldn’t get enough of denim in the early 1970s. The denim-esque interior was certainly striking and unique, although those metal buttons might be a bit dangerous in the hot sun.

Volkswagen Golf Harlequin

Row of Volkswagen Golf Harlequins/Image Credit: Volkswagen

This wacky hatchback started as a happy accident. Originally, Volkswagen created a multi-color Polo called “Harlekin” to show off their variety of color options. But the rainbow car was so popular, Volkswagen made them available to consumers. This inspired the creation of the Harlequin Golf in the US in 1996. Although only a limited number of these eye-catching cars were made, they still have a cult following of owners and enthusiasts across the country.

Nissan Gold LEAF

Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock with gold-wrapped Nissan LEAF/Image Credit: Nissan

Winning an Olympic gold medal is the pinnacle of athletic achievement. But Nissan thought that wasn’t quite enough and wanted to up the prize a bit. The automaker presented two of their ambassadors, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a special edition, gold-wrapped Nissan LEAF, complete with the Games’ logos and a “Gold Medalist” engraving. If you pass this car in traffic, you know it’s someone special behind the wheel.

Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition

Interior of the Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition/Image Credit: Fender

One thing you could be sure of when buying a Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition: it’s going to have an amazing sound system. The Fender Premium Audio System found in this Bug was meant to sound as close to a live performance as possible. Fender also left its mark on the iconic vehicle with its signature “sunburst” design on the dash, and the outside was a metallic black to match. This is probably the closest you could get to driving an electric guitar around if you’re into that sort of thing.

FIAT “Kung-Fu Panda” Panda

FIAT Kung-Fu Panda show car/Image Credit: Stellantis

In what may be the most on-point marketing move in automotive history, FIAT created a version of their Panda model inspired by the popular cartoon “Kung-Fu Panda.” Strategic coloring and accents give this car a very cute bear-like front end, and adorable panda faces can be found on the headrests inside. This Panda wasn’t a production vehicle, but it was auctioned off to support conservation efforts to preserve actual pandas’ natural habitats.

You may not be able to buy a denim-filled Gremlin or Kung-Fu Panda FIAT Panda, but we’re sure there’s a car out there that’s the right kind of wacky for you. So why not check out BestRide’s selection of thousands of vehicles and find your perfect match?

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Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.

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