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Shattered Dreams - Failed Supercars Time has Forgotten

How many of these failed supercars do you remember?

In the high stakes world of supercars, a car's heritage really seems to be what matters most. With so many greenbacks at stake, taking a risk on purchasing an obscure or unknown supercar may be the number one reason why history is littered with failed supercar projects. We here at CarBuzz give our take on a few supercars that tried to break through the motor landscape and have been all but forgotten by many.

The 1978 Geneva Motor Show is remembered for the unveiling of the Dome Zero. Anyone lucky enough to have seen this amazing creation surely would have felt their heart skip a beat. The end game for the Dome Zero was the production of small volume sports cars using knowledge gained from Minoru Hayashi's racing exploits. Sadly the dreams of eccentric billionaires everywhere of cruising down the French Riviera in their very own Dome Zero were smashed for good when its maker couldn't afford to put it through Japanese homologation tests.

If you are familiar with the video game 'Need for Speed II', then you will instantly recognize the Commendatore 112i. The Commendatore, designed in 1993, weighed 3,197 lbs, could go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and had a top speed of 213 mph. A few unique features were gull-wing doors, a velocity-sensitive electronic chassis that lowers the car at high speeds and an automatic air brake. Power came from a Mercedes-Benz 6.0-liter V12 with 402hp. The first Isdera Commendatore 112i was supposedly ready for delivery in 1993 and any current projects are kept tightly under wraps by Isdera.

If you asked a young kid in the late 1970's what he wanted for his birthday, he almost certainly would have said the Panther Six. With its six-wheel layout and twin-turbo 8.2-litre Cadillac V8 hung out back, it looked like a car from the future. Claiming a top speed of 200mph, only one black model and one white model were ever made. One car is known to be in the Middle East somewhere and the other was shown a few years ago at the 2008 NEC Classic Car Show.

Just like the Panther Six, only two Monteverdi Hai 450s were ever built. The cars were designed by Peter Monteverdi and were powered from a 7-liter Chrysler Hemi V8, tuned to produce an output of 450hp and and a top speed of 180mph. It was built to compete with supercar legends like Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati. However, production was halted after the two prototypes and plans to build 49 others were eventually scratched. The extremely high sticker price ($27,000 in 1970 was a lot of dough) and poor build quality most likely led to the cars demise.

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