The Morgan AeroMax and Other Cars You've (probably) Never Seen on the Road

Scott Benjamin

Morgan Motor Company's Aero 8 model -- yet another spectacular car I've never seen on the road. (AP Photo/Laurent Gillieron)

If you read Car and Driver, then I invite you to pick up your September 2009 print edition and have a quick look at the bottom of page 121. There, you'll find a very short paragraph about the Morgan Aero SuperSports, the car set to replace the Morgan AeroMax for 2010. I've always liked the styling of Morgan sports cars and the fact that the company's cars are built around an ash-frame continues to intrigue me to this day. And, for some reason, I'm especially fascinated by the three-wheeled cars the Morgan Motor Company produced in the early part of the 20th century.

But what really made me stop and think was the second half of that short paragraph where the author comments about the likelihood of ever seeing a Morgan Aero SuperSports in its natural environment: "We've never seen an AeroMax on the road and we're betting that this one will elude our eyes, too." And that's when it hit me. I've never seen an AeroMax on the road either.

In fact, there are a lot of really fantastic cars out there that I've never seen on the road -- cars that I've lusted over on magazine covers, cars that I've read about online and cars that I've seen revealed at auto shows around the world. Supercars that I've been within inches of at local car dealers, but never had the pleasure to see and hear start up and drive away. One of a kind antique cars that I've walked around dozens of times at restoration shops or in museums. Cars that have gone on to win acclaim at one of the many Concours d'Elegance shows. Cars that were (or are) produced overseas and simply haven't been (or can't be) imported here to the United States.

So, here's my question for you: What car (or cars) have you never seen on the road that you wish you could see in action at least once in your lifetime? Remember, the sky is the limit. I can think of dozens of examples off the top of my head, but if I really put my mind to it, I'll bet that I could come up with more than one hundred by the end of the day and probably several hundred by the end of the week. For instance, just this morning I was thinking about the Bugatti EB110 during my morning commute. Oh, and a Tucker '48. I've never seen one of those on the road either. And then there's the Jaguar XJ 220 or a 1951 Crosley Super Sport or a Fiat Abarth 1000...anyway, you get the idea. Let me know what you're missing.

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