All it will cost you is the small matter of $1.25 million.
Have a million bucks or more burning a hole in your pocket? Then we have just the thing for it: a 2010 Hennessey Venom GT, currently up for grabs at Choice Auto Sales in Pittsburg. It has just 745 miles on the clock, and all it'll cost you is the modest sum of $1.25 million.
For those unfamiliar, the Venom GT – though maybe not much to look at – is one of the fastest cars ever made. It's based on a Lotus Elise, and is even titled as such. But Hennessey Performance Engineering took it much further than anything Lotus ever did with the chassis.
That's saying a lot, considering that the Elise's platform has been used as the starting point for such beasts as the Lotus Exige, 340R, 2-Eleven, and 3-Eleven – not to mention the Vauxhall VX200, Melkus RS 2000, and the original Tesla Roadster. But the Venom leaves them all in its wake.
In the modified rear section, Hennessey mounted a 7.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 based on a Chevy small-block and tuned to deliver 1,244 horsepower. That was enough to propel it to a top speed in excess of 270 miles per hour, making it the fastest road-going production car ever made (up to that point).
Hennessey only made a baker's dozen of them: seven coupes and six additional Spyders. That makes them a rather rare commodity to come by, which in turn makes this a rather unusual opportunity... even with its seven-figure price tag.
Of course, that kind of money could get you a second-hand Bugatti, Pagani, or Koenigsegg instead. But the Venom GT (placed in the right hands) could smoke most any of them, and though based on a British chassis, it's American. And short of maybe an SSC Tuatara, Saleen S7, or Hennessey's own new Venom F5, it's the fastest American car you're likely to find.