By on February 19, 2013

Sometimes, car companies get desperate. This usually happens at the end of a model run, when a car is obsolete but the new one isn’t quite ready to launch. Or, if you’re Chrysler, this happens the day a new model is released.

Automakers have four ways of dealing with this problem. One is to simply let the current car die a slow and painful death. This strategy is commonly employed by Acura, who stunned journalists when the latest RDX came out not because of its new styling or V6 engine, but because everyone thought the old one had been cancelled three years ago. The other two involve fleet sales and trunk money – tactics invented and perfected by General Motors.

But there’s always one more possibility: a special edition. Because nothing makes people feel better about buying an outdated car with a black and white navigation screen than a unique paint color and some custom wheels. Today, I’m going to explore some of the most ridiculous special editions of our time. They include green seats and movie-themed badging. But most importantly, they all reek of desperation.

GMC Jimmy Diamond Edition

GMC decided to try something new in order to distinguish its second-generation S-10 Jimmy from the otherwise identical Chevrolet Blazer. No, it wasn’t a passenger airbag: neither model offered one of those newfangled gizmos until three years after the government mandated it in 1995. Instead, it was the Diamond Edition.

Named because the interior was inexplicably finished in diamond-pattern leather seats, the “Jimmy Diamond” sounded more like a transsexual lounge singer than a “professional grade” SUV. But professional grade it was – just ask the casket makers who undoubtedly provided GM with the material to upholster each and every one.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis

When Ford came out with the Eddie Bauer Explorer in 1991, Chrysler couldn’t sit idly by. It had to respond by courting its own outdoorsy company that sends you catalogs you never asked for, yet are vaguely appealing.

The result was the 1995-1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis, which was sold only in Forest Green with Forest Green leather seats unusually trimmed in red. While the green seats were intended to bring the outdoors inside, they instead succeeded in making the occupants wish they were outdoors. Around 50 of these still haven’t succumbed to transmission problems and can still be found on various Craigslists wearing at least a few of their original panels.

Mercury Villager Nautica

After Jeep snagged Orvis, Ford rushed back to the drawing board, or possibly the junk mail pile, to find another catalog manufacturer/clothing company it could mate with its cars. The result was the Mercury Villager Nautica, which used unreadable pale yellow Nautica trim on the usually-white minivans, presumably because Nautica was embarrassed with the relationship. They had reason to be: most Villager Nautica vans had white wheels. And nearly all had blue interiors.

The Nautica/Mercury tie-up ended in 1998. Presumably, Ford only allowed Nautica to back out after the company promised it would stop mailing catalogs to Ford executives.

Lexus Coach Editions

It’s not just the Americans who are into sappy special editions. Witness the Lexus LS and ES Coach Editions, which came with a set of leather luggage as if the buyer was purchasing a Ferrari F50. Unlike the F50, however, the Lexus Coach Editions didn’t come with driving footwear – probably because Lexus owners wouldn’t understand how to put them on over their orthopedic shoes.

Pro tip: if you’re buying one of these used, insist on the original luggage. No one still has it. Then pull a CarMax and demand a huge discount because the car is missing “original equipment.”

Toyota Tundra Terminator 3 Edition

Yes, this exists. A Toyota Tundra that commemorates Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Interestingly, while the movie featured humanoid robots with automatic weapons built into their liquid metal exoskeleton, the Tundra didn’t come standard with a tachometer.

Each Tundra Terminator 3 was finished in either green or black and featured a bunch of sporty bolt-ons Toyota wouldn’t have been able to sell otherwise. The Toyota badge was also removed from the grille, replaced by a simple “T3” in the lower right corner. Total production run: 850 units. Yes, a Tundra Terminator 3 is rarer than an F40.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder

Yes, that’s the official name. I checked. It’s by far the longest car name, unless you count stuff like the “Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Short Bed Extra Cab,” which wins by only six characters.

But a special car should have a special name, and that’s precisely what this was, since you could only get one if you had a 918 Spyder on order. Imagine the pissing matches in South Beach garages: oh, you just have the regular Turbo S? Well, I have this to tide me over until my million-dollar supercar arrives.

By the way, this model was definitely not a last-ditch effort to sell the last few 997 Turbo S units by throwing on green paint and green calipers. Nope! It wasn’t that at all.

BMW M3 “Frozen Gray”

This one is almost too easy. The particulars: it came with a paint job that looked like bad bodywork and couldn’t be dented or scratched. Washes had to be done by hand. It cost $9,000 on top of a normal M3, which was already $15,000 on top of a 335i despite offering less torque. And they only made 30 of them – an announcement which undoubtedly caused a collective groan among BMW’s 30 largest dealerships, since they knew they’d be the ones on the hook.

But the real losers here are BMW body shops. They’ll have to incur the inevitable wrath of owners when they find out the paint can’t be blended following a fender-bender caused by the “M3 Special:” a one-handed, no-signal lane change without looking.

Doug DeMuro operates PlaysWithCars.com. He’s owned an E63 AMG wagon, roadtripped across the US in a Lotus without air conditioning, and posted a six-minute laptime on the Circuit de Monaco in a rented Ford Fiesta. One year after becoming Porsche Cars North America’s youngest manager, he quit to become a writer. His parents are very disappointed.

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138 Comments on “Special Editions That Weren’t Special...”


  • avatar
    JMII

    And now we have the Jeep “Call Of Duty” video game edition. I actually saw one the other day and was shocked that some sucker actually bought such a thing. I think they put a winch on the front bumper, a different hood and some black rims on a hardtop 4 door Wrangler. In my opinion Jeep really missed out a few years ago – they should have offered Jurassic Park edition Jeeps with the colors and logos from the movie, now that would have been cool.

    There are tons of “Special Edition” Camrys, Altimas and Accords, however I have no clue as to what makes them special (GPS nav included?). It seems they just glue a tacky chrome badge on the back.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I WANT THE Jurassic Park Explorer.

      Also, no to the GPS on Spec. Ed. Accords, my boss has one with no GPS.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        JP Explorer?

        Now that’s *the* ride.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        Explorer sales exploded after the movie; it was better product placement than Transformers.

      • 0 avatar
        luvmyv8

        YES, DO WANT.

        I remember that as well. Jurassic Park did put the Explorer on the map and those were everywhere after ’92. I begged my dad to get one after I saw that movie, hell; Dr. Pepper had a promotion where you could win a brand new Explorer if you found the winning message on the inside of the can….. I have no idea how much of it I drank back then…. back then I hated Dr. Pepper too! I wanted that truck! Funny too, since I was 9 back then. Is it still wrong that I still want a 1st gen. Explorer even to this day? Even though I already have a very capable ’12 4Runner? Maybe it’s the fact that I never got the ‘Jungle Explorer’ Jurassic Park toy as my Christmas present or that Lindburg offered a poor cash-in model kit of the truck…. it was a 2 door sport with a manual transmission and no bubble roof…

        Going back to JP, in the novel, they used ’87 or ’88 Toyota Land Cruisers, like the Explorers, they were converted to be electric vehicles on rails. It’s been a while since I’ve read the book but the Cruisers were much less showy; I think they were beige with a simple ‘Jurassic Park’ and a small little Brontosaurus logo. Though I think Michael Chricteon (sp?) must have noticed the popularity of the Explorer as in his sequel novel, the Lost World; Ian Malcolm and a crew go to the second island in a ’97 Explorer 4 door that was converted to run on photovoltic power courtesy of “lithium ion batteries from Nissan” and solar panels installed on the roof and hood. In fact the novel specifically mentions that it was a V6 model. It was painted a dark green color and was abandoned at the conclusion of the book.

        Ahem… going back to the main topic, I can tell you about dumb special editions.. I can tell you about a few that Toyota snuck out and ran away from screaming….

        -the ‘Roxy’ edition Echo! Yes they did! It was an Echo that had Roxy logo badges and some decorative decals on the side. Don’t even think about it, the badges and decals are long discontinued, this I know. I’ve only seen a handful of them. For those who don’t know, Roxy produces swim wear, bikinis and clothes to young girls who scream; “Errrmaaaaghaaad!”

        - the “Gallery Edition” Camry (’00-’01?) this was a Camry that was definately before the model change in ’02 and after the ’99 MY. This Camry had a pearl white paint with the lower portion of the car (below the body side moulding) painted in silver. It also had the ‘Gallery Edition’ emblem on the fender and special floormats. Suprisingly, the flormats are still available. Beyond that, it’s just a plain old Camry.

        -the Tercel ‘Hawk’ editions. Near the end of the Tercel’s life, Toyota offered these editions on 2 door Tercels. They came in white, black and I think red. As far as I know, it was just paint and the decal (White Hawk, Black Hawk…. with a little bird logo)they used to be fairly common when I joined my dealership in ’01, but I quite literally haven’t seen one in at least 5 years. Even here in Southern California, the last gen. Tercels are relatively rare, especially versus the early 90′s Tercels, those are still very common.

        - Sienna ‘Symphony’ edition. I think these were ’02 Siennas, definately the 1st gen. ones. These had monochromatic silver or gold paint jobs, a ‘Symphony’ badge on the tailgate, some sort of upgraded audio system and floormats. Also at the time Toyota had a odd tie-in with the movie ET (I think something to do with a re-release of the movie) and all the Siennas had a decal with that on the rear windows. We removed them when the car was sold, pre-delivery.

        - Toyota Hilux, “Mojave” edition. I think they offered these in ’82 to High Desert customers. It was a special beige paint, unique interior trim and had a little more equipment over a base SR-5 model. Very rare today.

      • 0 avatar
        ranwhenparked

        @CoreyDL

        Me too, that glass roof was awesome. Plus, Interactive CD Rom with the voice of Richard Kiley! That was one special edition Ford really should have built, of course, the post-JP sales numbers showed that the really didn’t need to. Unfortunately, the 1st gen Explorers moved just fine on their own.

      • 0 avatar
        mccall52

        @luvmyv8

        My across the street neighbors have a Tercel ‘Hawk’ edition, in red.

    • 0 avatar
      DubTee1480

      There was also a Jeep Wrangler Tomb Raider (film) Edition. My boss owned one. Honestly it was pretty sweet looking.

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      Honda SEs have classically been value-priced models.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Back in the day, Honda’s Accord SEi’s were last-model year cars with more features than were available the rest of the time. The 1985 and 1989 SEi models had leather, sunroofs, power everything, and unique metallic colors. I recall most of the 1989s were a bluish green. They were the cars that ownership, management and top sales people drove at the Honda-Saab-Olds dealer I worked for in 1989. They were as luxurious as the top Saabs and they didn’t have electrical issues. At the same time, they were kind of cynical. Honda could have offered everything all through generation 3 of the Accord. I think the 1985 Accord SEi had the same luxuries. Instead, they just offered the luxury stuff as the car was about to be replace. The result was lots of people paying lots of money for Accords that were about to become easily differentiated from new.

        In 2007 Honda offered an SE Accord that was the sort of value model philadlj mentioned. I think it was basically an LX with a couple EX features, although I can’t remember what they were. Or maybe they were EXs with no sunroof. Now they offer all the luxury features from day one as a top trim level, probably due to better competition from Toyota.

      • 0 avatar
        Toad

        I had one of the 1989 blue/green SEi coupes; purchased it brand new and kept it for about 8 years. It was well designed, had great ergonomics, the extra bells and whistles were nice, very good looking, and it was as reliable as an anvil. Truly an awesome car.

        That SEi was the most satisfying ownership experience I have had to date and is an example of why Honda has such a strong hold on many consumers today.

  • avatar
    serothis

    So as much as I love mazda and the mx-5, they really are among the worst perpetrators of blitz krieg special editions. How many dozens of “special edition” NC MX-5s have there been? All of which were a custom paint job and…well just a paint job.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Looks like you showed the “Special Edition” Accord badge, but didn’t address their lackadaisical special editions!

    Also you could’ve done the TC Cypress and TC Spinnaker! Or the DTS Talisman. Or the 90s Holland/Holland Range Rover.

    But anyway, I like all of these special editions listed above, with the exception of the ridiculous BMW paint, as was profiled on Top Gear. So what do I know?

  • avatar
    seabrjim

    Thanks for the lunch hour laugh. I needed it. I forgot about some of these idiotic manufacturer ideas.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    “Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder

    Yes, that’s the official name. I checked. It’s by far the longest car name”

    I don’t know about that. My first car was a 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic Landau Collonade Coupe.

    That’s 50 characters, as opposed to Porsche’s paltry 30.

  • avatar
    Secret Hi5

    I confess to being an owner of a “Final 5OO” Olsmobile. What makes it special? Unique exterior color (black cherry), unique badges, unique embroidery on seats, unique sticker on the engine block (not kidding!) and a commemorative kit. Other than that, same ol’ car.

    • 0 avatar
      Chocolatedeath

      I miss Olds.. I had a Final 500 Aurora that I gave my mom a few years back. The interior is falling apart but the engine and trans will last forever.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      A middle-aged lady in my building has an Final 500 Alero, I half-hope one day I’ll see a “For Sale” sign and be able to scoop it up cheap (hopefully with the assistance of Toyonda blinded children).

      • 0 avatar
        MeaCulpa

        In Europe the Alero was sold as the Chevrolet Alero but GM being GM decided that the brand change didn’t warrant a new airbag cover, so the steering wheel had an Olds logo… Classy.
        The car , not all that surprising, wasn’t a sales success, if that was down to GM marketing not understanding that a “sports sedan” isn’t the same thing in Europe as in the US (a boot lid spoiler hardly compensates for all season tires and soggy everything) or GM manufacturing not figuring out how to change air bag covers are lost in history.

    • 0 avatar
      salhany

      Which one do you have? I know the Intrigues had a special final run edition in that sharp cherry color.

  • avatar

    The Lexus hate segment was dumb. Rest maybe ok, although should’ve looked at Wranglers closer (e.g. Mountain edition and Islander).

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    Nothing says “special” like the Warner Brothers Chevy Venture minivan. You get a little Bugs Bunny appliqué, and he’s about to chomp down on his carrot and say, “Nnnnnnnyeaaah, what’s up doc?” It’s a symbol of motoring excellence on par with RR’s Spirit of Ecstasy.

    Not to be outdone, the current Chevy minivan, the, um, the, ahhh, well, when Chevrolet finally gets a minivan again that’s completely outclassed by Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Nissan, they’ll create the Harry Potter Chevy Uplander II, complete with Magic Wand transmission, Hufflepuff seating and Hogwarts ambient lighting.

    • 0 avatar
      gator marco

      Ahh, the Venture Warner Brother’s Edition. A dealership here in Florida used to give away a WB DVD with each test drive. Nothing says “I want to buy this car” more than taking home a Tweety Bird DVD that would be overpriced in the Walmart $5 bin.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    The various “Frozen” color M3s all sold out before they ever hit the dealer lots. I can’t imagine wanting one, but there are plenty of people who jumped at the chance.

  • avatar
    retrogrouch

    My friends and I had a good laugh at the idiots who paid a gazillion dollars for that stupid gray paint on the M3. It looked like BMW threw some primer into a batch of arctic silver.

  • avatar
    67dodgeman

    I’d actually go for a T3 tundra. Looks mild and restrained next to their current offering.

  • avatar
    Halftruth

    Chrysler? Please.. how the Dale Earnhardt Monte Carlo edition did not make this list is beyond me..special? nope!

  • avatar
    fiatjim

    The Niki Lauda Alfa Romeo Spider. The F1-inspired sports car that should have earned a cease and desist from F1.

    http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/attachments/alfa-romeo-cars-sale-wanted/14612d1112072725-niki-lauda-sale-lauda.jpg

    I think the tape stripes* really offset the giant rubber bumpers and the fact that a smaller-engined version of the same car from 8 years earlier had 30 more horsepower.

    *These were probably already cracking by the time most of the cars were actually sold.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    You guys are forgetting the greatest special edition of all time.
    The Mercury Sable White Night Edition. Need I say more.
    Thank you everyone..I will be here all week.

  • avatar
    Acd

    1982 Alfa Romeo Balocco Edition. A couple of tape stripes, a dash plaque and red carpet is what sets this not-so special edition apart from every other GTV6. An Alfa dealer back in the day that these were originally left overs that the distributor needed to move so they invented the Balocco Special Edition.

    The ads for these online always tout the rarity and how special they are even though they’re not.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    Ford had the Eddie Bauer branded Broncos, Bronco IIs, Expeditions and Explorers for years….pretty much just two toned paint, badges and trim. I had a full size black/beige EB full size Bronco, I loved that truck but the “trim & tape” job was obvious..they kept that line running for a long time though.

    • 0 avatar
      allwxattk

      We owned an ’98 EB Expedition. Solid SUV for what we used it for. We still are using the EB soft-side luggage bag that came with it…

    • 0 avatar
      azmtbkr81

      A professor in college had the Nite edition Bronco – black with porno red interior and “Nite” emblazoned on the rear fender in and edgy early ’90′s neon pink. It was a sexy truck even at 12 years old; I regret not trying to buy it from him when I had the chance.

      • 0 avatar
        IHateCars

        Ha!….good memory! I remember the “Nite” version Broncos and F-150s as well. I remember lusting over a black Nite Bronco at the local dealer. It was pimped out with a lift, BFG ATs on Centerlines, winch, etc…. At the time, I think they were asking $24K (in Canada) which was all the money in the world to me back then.

    • 0 avatar
      Wheeljack

      The 25th anniversary Bronco was pretty nice. Special “wine” colored bumper rub strips, “wine” paint and other special trim bits made it stand out from the other Broncos of the era.

  • avatar
    18726543

    Hey now, the Orvis Edition GC did actually go beyond offering the odd color combo (which I actually like). It came with the 1″ taller “Up-Country” suspension, tow points, and an assortment of skid plates (albiet light duty) from the factory.

    I think the real abusers of the “special edition” are cars like the Accord and Sentra that display the “Special Edition” chrome badge. I always see them on the raod (especially the Sentras) and wonder how much extra money that badge commanded.

    In general I like the idea of “special edition” vehicles. I only buy used and once these vehicles are on their 2nd or 3rd owner the “special” package really adds nothing to the value of the vehicle, yet still gives me something kinda different to own that would otherwise be pretty bland.

    I’d rather have that Orvis GC than a Limited of the same year, I’d rather own a WB edition Chevy Venture than a regular one (if I were FORCED to own either), I’d rather own an M-theory Toyota Matrix than a standard XR or XRS. Why? Because I enjoy the uniqueness. I also like vehicles shared among brands for the same reason. Mazda Navajo, Isuzu Oasis, Mitsu Raider…I find them interesting.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. Though I poke fun at these cars, I think I’d enjoy owning each of them simply by virtue of their rarity. Except, of course, for the BMW. As for the Orvis – great info! I had no idea it was anything more than green seats and some exterior badging.

    • 0 avatar
      Buster Brew

      I couldn’t agree more. Combining all the content of the Limited, with the best 4wd kit available the Orvis editions were the most expensive and highest content GC’s offered from 95-97, not to mention the most capable. Mine has 217,000 miles on it and I have taken it places that lesser GC’s (not to mention H2′s, Disco’s, Explorers etc.) could not go.

      If the author is not a fan of the Moss Green exterior and two tone interior so be it, that does not mean the vehicle wasn’t special. The Grand Cherokee Orvis edition was in fact a very focused vehicle aimed at a small percentage of the SUV buying public, indeed a bespoke edition.

  • avatar
    Crabspirits

    The 90′s era S-10 Blazer “Michael Jordan edition” belongs here.

    This was nothing more than a Blazer adorned with the special stickers featuring MJ’s signature and a basketball motif. I wonder how much that cost.

    Needs related commercial…
    http://youtu.be/DkKgTuz0OOg

    Most people know about the 1984 Anniversary Edition 300zx, which was truly a specially optioned car. More than a few unscrupulous dealers capitalized on it, by slapping the AE badge and usually a numbered plate on a base 300zx. These cars still pop up from time to time.

  • avatar
    rudiger

    Special edition factory paint jobs remind me of these two:

    1. Mystic Mustang. The mystic color was expensive, too, but there might have been some justification. It really did change colors, depending on the viewing angle and light. But the paint for repairs was horrifically expensive (and tough to get – I believe a vehicle VIN, at the very least, had to be provided).

    2. Woodward-Edition Prowler. The final special edition Prowler had a red lower body and a black upper body. In my most favorite ‘Adjusted Dealer Markup (ADM)’ moment, a local Chrysler dealer had a Woodward Prowler on their showroom with an ADM of $100k. That’s no typo – the dealership really had the cajones to ask for $100,000 over the MSRP of a factory red/black Prowler. I actually thought it was a sticker someone had put on the car as a joke and had to verify it with a salesman.

    A few months later, they had the ADM down to $30k. But that Prowler stayed nailed to the showroom floor for some time to come. Not long afterwards, the dealership itself switched to selling Fiats.

    • 0 avatar
      Wheeljack

      I was a service zone rep for Ford when the Mystic Mustangs were around. I had to approve the paint orders on any of them repaired by the dealers in my charge because the paint used some of the same pigments/dyes as the multi-color strip in US money. My other favorite procedure was VIN tag replacement, but that’s a story for another day.

  • avatar
    gottacook

    Can we perhaps agree that any car that actually displays the WORD “edition” on its exterior is by definition silly?

  • avatar
    NotFast

    Must… not… eat… lunch…. when…. reading… Doug…. DeMuro…

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Chevy Venture Warner Bros. Edition. Complete with ad campaign and Bugs Bunny leaning on the Warner Bros. logo on the back of your U-Body death trap.

    Chevy Celebrity Eurosport – enough said for that special edition.

    In Australia you could get a Toyota Yaris EDGE! 15″ rims, an upgraded stereo and Bluetooth await, along with special fog lamps and the required “edge” badging.

    Wait, you want a Toyota Corolla Edge? Hey, they have that too! If you want to pony up some more Cheddar Toyota took the base Corolla, added 16″ wheels, side skits, a rear spoiler fog lamps, bluetooth, special floor mats and of course “edge” badging.

    Toyota isn’t alone. You can go to your Acura dealer and buy a TSX special edition! A front chin spoiler, rear bumper fascia, side skirts and of course – BADGES! The 17″ wheels are same wheels you get on a regular TSX, they now have gray accents. Inside, red suede awaits! Oh, and if you want a manual in a TSX, this becomes the only way to get one. Special. Why, it can be yours for $31,000, without the tech package! Suddenly a loaded Verano turbo for $30,000 doesn’t look so bad.

    Chevy Avalanche North Face Edition. Special paint color, special interior with green leather and orange piping, a couple of North Face duffel bags. The package was so “special” that the seats chosen for the North Face treatment couldn’t be offered with memory, power recline or heat unlike the “non-special” regular plain leather seats.

    Holden Commodore SS V-Series Special Edition from down under. What do you do when you’re Holden and you’re sitting on a huge pile of Pontiac G8 parts? You offer a special edition version to the home market! In 2010 Holden offered up at first 2,500 special edition versions. They got the Pontiac G8 hood and front clip. There was no Holden logo on the front clip (just naked) and there were other parts involved (core support, fog lamp mounts hood latch and a few others). Other than the cosmetics, there was nothing differing than a standard V-Series. Wait, it gets worse. At first they announced the run would be 2,500 units, in red, white and you guessed it blue. After the initial 2,500 unit run was devoured by the home market – they made it even “more special” by lifting the 2,500 unit cap and offering it in any color. There is one thing that did make this “special” as far as US buyers would be concerned. You could get the G8 hood/front bumper cover version in a Ute or Sportwagon too, along with the sedan.

    But wait – there is MORE! The ultimate in, you’ve been hosed!!! Holden still had a bunch of left over parts – so now they offer a conversion! Yup, take your Holden to the dealer and they will swap out the front clip and hood on any Commodore VE with the Pontiac bits. Wow – not so special…

    Chevrolet also has done a number of NASCAR special edition versions of the Monte Carlo. Basically a lot of stickers.

    Honda had the Honda Accord special edition back in 2000. What was special beyond the chrome badges? Well it was a “down level” car for budget buyers. Special…

    How about the Chrysler Imperial Coupe: Frank Sinatra Edition (look it up). It even came with a whole bunch of Frank Sinatra cassette tapes.

    Then there is the Harley Davidson edition F150. I find them attractive and the content is high but the match up seems rather – strange to me.

    • 0 avatar
      CoastieLenn

      The HD F-150 has been around since MY 2000. Sure, the pairing is strange but the 2002-2003 ones had that gorgeous interior treatment… and a supercharger!

      The newer ones are just cosmetic (as were the first couple years) but they offer the AWD system standard instead of 2wd/4wd.

      As for the Holden Commodore- Apparently it sounds like “in the land down under” its just as sought after to turn your Commodore/Manaro into a G8/GTO as it is to do the reverse here. People spend ungodly money on Holden body parts here for thier GTO’s and G8′s. Having the factory do it for you is awesome in my opinion!

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Vivid memories of Omni/Horizon America, Reliant/Aries America and Toyota Camry American Edition.

    Who’s fooling who?

    I always thought the Chrysler Imperial Frank Sinatra Edition was way cool – still do.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Some others for your consideration:

    -Ford Ranger Splash!
    -Many of the Scion Release Series cars had little more than special paint – there were several that even came with parts bin plastic hub caps.
    -The Harlequin Golfs
    -Wolfsburg Edition VWs
    -2010 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited Continental Edition (48 characters)

    • 0 avatar
      luvmyv8

      On the Scion specials…. your right in the sense that they are just paint jobs, but some of them are pretty unique colors. I rather like the ‘Torched Penny’ copper-esque one myself. Love to have one as a commuter personally. The green one isn’t my cup of tea, but I can see why somebody would want it, same deal with the yellow one.

      The TC had a few editions itself… one I recall had a special ‘Kenstyle’ bodykit… pretty rare but unfortunately for a Toyota parts guy such as myself, the Kenstyle stuff isn’t listed in the parts catalogue…. to get any info, you’ve gotta call Toyota’s technical line. I think I’ve seen one of these cars though, but a fellow co-worker unfortunately got wrapped up in dealing with a crashed one and the headache of ordering parts for it.

      The other one was the ‘Hot Lava’ red TC. That was a bright red and it looked pretty good. It also had a special front bumper- be forewarned however, that front grille is REALLY expensive…..

      The one I didn’t much care for was the 5th release series TC, it was before the new model change and had the ‘Speedway Blue’ that the Tacoma and Matrix M-Theory had… it was a bright blue… while I do like the color, I didn’t like the decals they put on the side, they were black with a massive ’5.0′ call out on it…. now where have I seen that before…. oh, right….. unfortunately, Ford had a nasty suprise for Scion, at the same time, the Mustang (which many shoppers cross compared- though I know they are vastly different) also got a ’5.0′ call out too, except though Ford had a little bit of history with those 2 numbers and that little badge means something to a Blue Oval fan,(maybe more so to a bowtie fan….) except this time it means; 302 cu. in. DOHC V8 and 412 horespower of RWD 6 speed manual transmission burnouts….. yeah I’ll take that one instead, thank you very much. Especially compared to the Scion’s 150 Camry derived horsepower…. whoops.

      • 0 avatar
        Land Ark

        The tC Releases went like this (all pulled from memory so I may be mistaken):
        1.0 – Red, had 18″ Enkei wheels, black mesh grilles, and red inserts in the seats
        2.0 – Bright blue, stainless mesh grilles, lighter color silver stock wheels, gray alcantera seats, 6″ subwoofer
        3.0 – Pearl white, Kenstyle full body kit, alcantera seats with white inserts, LED tail lights, Razo shift knob
        4.0 – Gray, full lip kit, black mesh grilles, alcantera seats with light gray inserts
        5.0 – Black, TRD upgrades (springs, rear sway bar, muffler), 18″ black wheels, red stitching, red seat inserts
        6.0 – Blue, a sticker stripe, blue stitching, blue seat inserts, navigation

        I had a regular 2005 tC and I loved it. The only RS I think was worth the extra money was the 5.0 simply because it had the TRD parts on it that I ended up putting on mine. In fact, I swear one day I’ll own another tC. It was a great little commuter.

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    MRF 95 T-Bird

    1984-86 Ford Thunderbird Fila edition. The athletic wear company teamed up with Ford. They were white with black and blue rocker/lower panel trim white interior and painted white alloys.

    Sadly there was never a Fantasy Island edition Volare considering Richardo Monteban was the Cordoba pitchman.

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    Russycle

    I actually like that Nautica Villager. It just has a cheery feel to it, whereas most minivans are kind of depressing.

    In it’s final year, every Grand Am that Pontiac sold was a GT (or up-optioned GT1). They didn’t move very many of them, I’m guessing they just wanted to clear out the parts bins.

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    EEGeek

    For me 70s era Levi’s Gremlin stood out. I couldn’t drive yet, but we had a neighbor with one. The Levi’s tags in the seams were by far the coolest things about that car.

    The oddest one I see occasionally is a Jetta Trek. The bike has long since disappeared, leaving you to wonder whether it was supposed to be some sort of off-roader.

  • avatar
    Macca

    Doug’s writing almost always manages to get me to spit coffee on my monitor – really enjoy his contribution.

  • avatar
    993cc

    If you bought a Citroen 2CV, you didn’t get much. If you bought a Citroen 2CV “Special”, you got even less.

  • avatar
    vwgolf420

    I owned a 1997 VW Jetta Jazz. It was essentially a GL stripped model with a 10 disc Clarion CD changer, a sunroof and alloy wheels. Still had crank windows though, which was fine with me on a Volkswagen of that vintage.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      Don’t forget the Jetta Trek. Jetta four door sedan equipped with a Trek mountain bike.

      And while I’m thinking of two wheels, there was the Matrix edition of the Ducati Monster. Green paint with the binary code running down the tank. Otherwise, a bone stock 750cc Monster.

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    dolorean

    Glad to see no mention of the 1991 7-Up Mustang LX convertible. Special metallic green convertible 5.0L with white leather seats and turbine wheels meant to be given away at Basketball games to the lucky basterd who could hit the basket at mid-court at half time. The promotion actually never took off leaving Ford with a bunch of “special editions” that are very rare and very cool.

    Interestingly lead to the Red, Yellow, and White ’92 Special Edition Mustang LX Convertibles, the resurgance of the Cobra model and that deal with Eddie B.

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    Magnusmaster

    Here in South America there are tons of ridiculous special editions. Like the infamous VW Gol Top, which was the product of years of insanity at VW’s factory in Brazil, which manifested in this car in which each panel of the body was painted in a different color. Good luck finding one of those with the original paint. Or the recently released Renault Sandero Stepway Rip Curl, which is not only tacky but also more expensive than the base trim Sandero Stepway despite having LESS equipment, such as no airbags. And then there’s the Chevrolet Agile Google special edition, which was just a white full-trimmed Agile bundled with a 3G modem, which was sold at a higher cost than buying a regular Agile with a 3G modem separately. AFAIK the only place with decent special editions is Europe, where you get more bang for your buck if you buy a “special” car.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    The Warner Brothers GM van was nice for its time, but it was way over priced. In contrast, Chrysler had Walter P. Chrysler signature packages that were actually a value over the options ordered separately. The special trim was just a throw-in. (I never figured out how they got a dead guy to sign though.) I actually liked the Mercury Villager Nautica edition. The problem with that package was cost, but the special paint seems to have held up over the years in the ones that I see driving around.

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    rudiger

    1997 Toyota Tercel ‘Blackhawk’ edition (or Redhawk or Whitehawk, depending on color). Sum total of package:

    * rear spoiler
    * full wheel covers
    * hawk decals

    And this was a factory package, not even dealer-added. Just the idea of a spoiler on a Tercel is hilarious.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      I was looking for my first new car purchase in ’97 and happened to stumble into the Toyota dealership that summer. I remember very distinctly the salesguy seemed rather desparate and rather despondant, that I was less than impressed by the metallic paint and Gawd-awful GOLD 15″ wheels on the Tercel Blackhawk. Still see one every now and then, usually rusted through and without them gold wheels.

      • 0 avatar
        luvmyv8

        You had a better experience then this sales guy I knew…. or rather he did.

        We had a used car manager who had a warped sense of humor… if the price was right, he would buy cars that were ‘lot poison’ as sort of a tongue in cheek ‘FU’ to the sales managers, just to drive them nuts. He bought a Pontiac Aztek once just for that reason… it took PLENTY of time and price slashes to get rid of that dud (though no money was lost interestingly.)

        Though this one took the cake. He actually found a ’97 Tercel White Hawk that fell under the Toyota Certified Used Car program (under 60k and under 5 years old and no major accidents or history as it was back then)the used car salesmen groaned. The new car salesmen laughed and pointed, one remark that stuck with me was ‘Hey look, a TURDcel’!

        Well one hot summer day I was re-arranging the certified lot as a lot attendant and he comes a salesman I knew quite well… this guy wasn’t the stereotypical jerk salesman that we know too well. Actually he was a great guy, an honest but good salesman that had a great career at my dealership until he retired recently. Anyways, he had a young couple with him that was looking for a cheap Toyota, they couldn’t find anything on the new side they liked or could afford so the salesman goes up to the White Hawk and extols the vertues of the Certified Program. I still remember vividly what happened…. he grabs the passenger outer door handle to open the door for the young wife and it comes flying off and lands in the next spot with a loud plastic “CLINK!” I had to duck behind a used Tundra so that they couldn’t see or hear me laugh…. needless to say he didn’t make the sale.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      The Trans-Am of Tercels! That’s a phrase I never thought I’d type.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    I’m trying to think of the mid-70s AMC Matador Special Edition. I think it had something to do with the Tarzan movie with leopard skin seat fabric? Something like that.

  • avatar

    As the owner of a Chrysler 300M Special, I feel sorry for all you suckers who fell for less than special Specials.

    • 0 avatar
      Buster Brew

      A special special indeed, wanted a blue one when they came out. There is a silver one that lives nearby, I see it at least once a month, the styling has aged quite well.

      • 0 avatar

        Mine is grey and has spent most of the winter under its cover and two feet of snow. One of these days soon I’ll tell the story of how I came by it.

        I think it is still one of the best looking cars on the road and it sets my heart aflutter when I see it out there waiting for me.

    • 0 avatar
      Wheeljack

      I wanted to like these but the faux carbon fiber trim was a turnoff (especially considering that they had a luxury group available on a regular 300 that offered honest-to-goodness real wood trim) and the only real “performance” upgrade was a slightly shorter final drive ratio. The brakes with the forward-vented rotors could be had in the “performance handling package” on a standard car.

      I had a 2001 300M and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • avatar
    markholli

    I don’t know if it counts as a “special edition,” but my daily driver is a 2003 Lexus IS300 SportDesign. The SportDesign edition has very sharp 11-spoke wheels, grayed-out badges, non-suede seats (not sure if that’s an upgrade or downgrade) and some chrome SportDesign badges on the fenders.

    I don’t think I paid any extra for it, considering I bought it used, but I like the 11-spoke wheels much more than the normal 5-spoke IS300 wheels.

    Generally speaking though, I like special editions and brand-name mash-ups. They keep things interesting with their unique options. I’d take those saddle-brown King Ranch seats in an F-150 or Super Duty any day.

  • avatar
    greaseyknight

    Friends have/had a Mercury Villager Nautica, and it had a kinda cool dolphin pin striping scene on the drivers side. Really jazzed it up compared to a normal minivan.

    Whats funny is that that a Village is actually a Nissan Quest. Makes you wonder about the board meeting at Ford at the time. “Hey lets rebage foreign competitor and sell it against our own mini-van”

  • avatar
    Marko

    Goodwood Edition Mini – $52,000 for a Mini?

    2000 Mercedes SL500 SL Edition (very creative name) – with JC Whitney style chrome billet trim around the shifter.

    Ford F-150 “Chrome Edition” – as if it needed more chrome.

    The Mk5 VW Jetta’s base model was initially called “Value Edition” – it was thankfully renamed “S”.

    Also, didn’t one generation of VW Golf (probably the Mk4) have a “GTI” appearance package available on the 2.slow?

    Dodge Caravan “Sport” or “Sport Wagon”. Well, at least it didn’t have fake wood.

    A few mid-late ’90s Plymouths had an “Expresso” edition, which had an awful Barney purple paint.

    AMC Gucci Hornet.

    And I’ll just leave this here…I once saw a late ’90s Mercury Mountaineer PREDATOR edition.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Early to mid “Limited Edition” Fords are nothing special, largely because every model that I see is a “Limited Edition”.

  • avatar
    jmiller417

    This list is incomplete without Bill Blass Lincolns and Palm Beach Edition Buicks.

  • avatar
    Loser

    I remember some time in the 80′s Buick had a LeSabre Limited Collector’s Addition. I’m guessing not many people actually collected these.

    • 0 avatar
      wagonsonly

      My great-aunt had one of these, a light blue metallic ’85 LeSabre 2-door sedan. It had a dark blue vinyl roof (I don’t remember whether it was a full or half roof), and blue velour interior. She was convinced that it would be worth something someday to a Buick collector…but as she was a visiting nurse, at the time, it had over 300K miles when she traded it in on a dark green ’95 LeSabre Custom.

    • 0 avatar

      And of course another Buick to carry the ‘Collector’s Edition’ badging – the ’96 Roadmaster sedan/wagon. I laugh every time I see an ad for one of these and the emphasis is on that it’s a ‘RARE COLLECTORS EDITION!!!’ with the seller not knowing that every ’96 Roadmaster got the badging as such.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      I think they were badged Collector Edition because they were the last full-sized BOF RWD LeSabre.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        …not a LeSabre!

        • 0 avatar
          RatherhaveaBuick

          1985 Lesabre Collectors Edition was the last RWD Lesabre ever made.

          In 1996 Roadmasters were sold as Collectors Editions only because it was the last year of production, and the last year they ever used the Roadmaster name. The wagon’s of this year especially are worth more money than, say, a 94 Roadmaster without that title.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I was searching Roadmaster things, and I came upon this gem.

            http://blog.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/02/1997CrownVicwagon_01_700.jpg

            I think Sajeev might like it!

    • 0 avatar
      GarbageMotorsCo.

      Not LeSabre. but there was a “Joseph Aboud” Edition Regal in the 90′s. Never saw one in person but there was a Motorweek review of it. I wasn’t a geezer then but as a gezer now I still wouldn’t drive a Buick no matter how comfy it is.

      - Staring at a new Lacrosse with a carraige roof driving thru the parking lot here as I type this -

  • avatar
    360joules

    Hard to beat the Levi’s edition AMC! How well did denim hold up in a car interior? I am assuming not long without an ultraviolet protectant in the fabric.

  • avatar
    BTEFan

    We had a 2001 Nissan Maxima 20th Anniversary Edition. It actually had some nice equipment upgrades that made it a better bet than the regular SE.

    Chrome Scuff plates on the door sills, a metal finish on the gearknob, machine finish pedals, polished chrome whieels and 227 hp 3.0 V6 (up from the regular 222 hp – but maybe all SE’s had the 227hp version). It had perforated leather as well, that seemed to allow the heated seats to heat up quicker. The Canadian market car like ours also didn’t have the ground effects package that the US 2oth anniversary editions got, so that was a nice too…

    • 0 avatar
      18726543

      If I’m not mistaken, the 20th Anniversary Edition Maxima came in a very snazzy midnight blue color that was unique to that specific package. I wrenched for Nissan back in the early ’00s and I can remember loving that color, but wishing it were available on the ’02 so I could get the beastly, 255HP 3.5L engine paired with the 6-speed manual.

  • avatar
    namesakeone

    I think the first special editions–at least the first with a brand reference–was the AMC Gremlins (and Hornets?) done with Levi’s denim interiors. I would imagine those copper rivets would get hot on a summer day.

  • avatar
    sckid213

    Let’s not forget the Plymouth “Expresso” editions. Neon, Breeze, and even Voyage, if I remember correctly.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’m a HUGE sucker for factory “special edition” packages.

  • avatar
    bill mcgee

    Surprised there are no mentions of the “Spirit of America” editions available on several Chevrolet models in IIRC 1974 . Back in the day I had a friend who had the “Spirit of America ” Nova hatchback and knew a young lady who owned a “Spirit of America ” Vega hatchback . IIRC these were both in white with red , white and blue striping and similar upholstery , with I think blue dashboard and door panels and blacked out chrome on the grill / window trim . At the time I thought it was a rather attractive package . There was also a ” Spirit of America” Impala , which I think had a blue exterior . Don’t remember if this edition was also offered for the next year’s models , tho it seems like it would have been a good idea for the bicentennial in 1976 .

    • 0 avatar
      namesakeone

      Ford also had a patriotic version of the Mustang, Maverick and Pinto in 1972 called “Sprint”; white with grabber blue accents and red pinstriping and a matching interior.

  • avatar
    Weltron

    What about the Pontiac Montana Thunder? Or how about the Buick Regal Somerset for 1980?

  • avatar
    davew833

    I would still love to have a charcoal gray ’85 Accord SE-i sedan (first Accord with fuel injection AND the first Accord to clear 100 hp!) and an ’89 SE-i coupe in the emerald green with tan leather and the Bose sound system. In fact, I looked at one at a local dealership a few weeks ago with over 300k miles. It looked decent on the outside, but the leather interior was shredded- no surprise there.

  • avatar
    cc-rider

    My first car was a 1976 Ford Maverick “stallion”. It was black and white two tone paint, horseheads on the front fenders, rallye wheels, and the trusty 250 cid straight six. Nothing says badass like horseheads on fenders!

  • avatar

    Well, not every car could be a Royal Bobcat Pontiac GTO.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    I remember the Trooper had a Special Edition towards the end of it’s run…pretty much a unicolor pearl white Limited without the sunroof…

    I kind of have a hankering for the Outback Special Appearance package…limited to three colors, brown interior and a moonroof… Silver mirrors and dark headlight surrounds…pretty slick looking but nav is standard….

  • avatar
    Power6

    The Lexus Coach editions weren’t so offensive. It was obviously just trim, but supposed “Coach leather” upholstery and some different (and real) wood veneers was good enough to make them a little distinctive. Though the luxury goods tie in is awfully popular with all the makers.

    Good call out on the BMW, I imagine those “cool” enough to drive matte painted cars will put up with an inconvenient finish. The poor kids just wrap them.

    Now lets dig deep and talk about a Eurosport VR, or Probe GTS, or the endless parade of W-bodys:GTP Special Edition, GTP 40th Anniversary editon, Daytona Edition, Dale Earnhardt…not to mention all the late F-bodies…

  • avatar
    pb35

    Dodge Dart Spirit of ’76

    AMC Matador Oleg Cassini

    Datsun 280ZX Black Gold

  • avatar
    ranwhenparked

    Don’t forget the Ford Ranger Splash Edition – off the Baywatch set and in to your driveway. Red trunks and/or one-piece not included, fortunately for most of the people that bought them.

  • avatar
    NulloModo

    I’m a big fan of the Harlequin Golf. VW could re-release that edition and sell out before the cars hit the lots.

    Ford had a short lived Cabela’s edition Super Duty in the ’09/’10 model years. It was basically a Lariat with the FX4 upgrades plus custom leather, custom two-tone paint (and only available in white, green, and maroon) and the piece-de-la-resistance, a locking shotgun/rifle safe under the rear seats.

    There was also the Chip Foose Mustang, which was basically a custom paint job, but it was a very cool custom paint job (and a ton of varieties made) plus a body kit and big chrome wheels. There was also a Chip Foose F-150, which I think had some under the hood upgrades, but I never saw one.

    Ford also offered for a brief period of time, a Funkmaster Flex edition Expedition.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I liked the Funkmaster Flex Expedition. Too bad Ford executives were the only people I ever saw driving one. My inlaws had one as an executive lease.

      As far as VW special editions go, they are usually good. The MkV Jetta did have a worthless “Special Edition” and the 2007 Wolfsburg Jetta is the worst Wolfsburg model ever. Good thing they came to thier senses for the 2008 model.

  • avatar
    bill mcgee

    One of the older special editions was the Dodge Texan back in the mid to late fifties . This mostly consisted of chromed maps of Texas with “Texan” written in script on the interior and exterior of the car. When I was a car crazed car spotting 4 year old , this special edition made little impression because then , as now many Texas dealers have their own dealer callout in the shape of the state of Texas , and back then that’s what I thought it was . In more recent times , the Mercury division was guilty of various lame Cougar special editions with padded vinyl roofs called ” Texas Edition ” or “Texas Special ” or I seem to remember one particularly ugly ” Texas Lady ” edition .These days , still many ” Texas Edition ” trucks , particularly Fords and Toyota Tundras, that also seem to consist of nothing but big ugly chrome emblems in the shape of Texas . At least the Tundra is built in Texas.

  • avatar
    luvmyv8

    Some other odd balls that I can recall were….

    - the Saleen Ford Explorer. Yup that’s no typo… it happened. The plan was to have them all with the 5.0 V8, but due to an ordering blunder by Saleen, they accidentally ordered some 4.0 SOHC V6 models as well. So what they did was offer the ‘XP6′ model for the V6′s, these were for looks only and the ‘XP8′ for the 5.0′s…. all of them had Saleen bodykits, wheels and special trim and decals. The ‘XP8′s could be had with a supercharger as well…. made for an interesting truck. The bummer is that everything is discontinued now, so if you have one, don’t crash it.

    - Bill Blass edition Lincolns. They offered these in the 80′s. Special paint jobs and interior trim with Bill Blass logos. I don’t know much about them and have never seen one, though I know for sure that it was an option on the LSC, possibly the Continental and maybe the Town Car. They also offered a Giovanni Versache edition too, the Bill Blass editions sold better.

    - ‘Schiro’ edition Nissans. The Z31 300ZX had this option at the end of it’s life before the world beater Z32 came out. From what I seen on the internets, they were all white and VERY rare. Also I think the ‘U11′ (’86-’88) model Nissan Maxima’s had this option as well, I’ve never seen one, ever…. love that era of Maxima…. have an indestructable ’88 GXE myself.

    - ‘Paul Newman’ edition Nissan Skyline RS Turbo (Japan). Newman was Nissan of Japan’s spokesman in the 80′s and he did a few commercials for the R30 model Skyline, his catch phrase was simply “Skyline Japan”. Nissan did offer a Newman edition, which was simply a top spec Skyline RS-X Turbo with a Paul Newman autograph style decal on the hood. Doesn’t matter as the RS-X Turbo was one hell of a car. It had a 2.0l DOHC 4 cylinder turbo engine (the FJ20ET) and made an astonishing for the era 200 hp. It helped too that the car was pretty damn light and even to this day, these cars are still considered to be fast cars, the R31 Skyline GTS-R with a 6 cylinder turbo engine (the RB20DET-R) didn’t perform much better, owing to the fact that the R31 was bigger and more luxurious then the R30 didn’t exactly endure it to enthusiast drivers, the R32 GT-R of course made up for it. Speaking of which….

    - the many variations of the Nissan Skyline GT-R. Ahem….. V-Spec, Nismo, V-Spec II, N1, LM edition, Nismo 400R, Midnight Purple edition, Nur Edition, Nismo S-Tune, Nismo R-Tune and Nismo Z-Tune. Save for the R33 400R, and the R34 Z-Tune, most of these were minor changes, updated specifications, new equipment or special paint jobs, or in the case of the N1, a stripper race car specification. The Z-Tune however…. the ultimate Skyline ever. I love the Skyline GT-R, but I had to poke a bit of fun at it since there’s so many different versions…. and it gets really nutty if you include the ‘normal’ Skylines…. I swear half of Gran Turismo 2 were Nissan Skyline models and the rest were Honda Civic variations…..

    - Pierre Cardin AMC’s. The AMX and Javelin offered a Pierre Cardin designer edition in the 70′s. I know little about them except that they exist. However I’ve seen a photo of the inside of a PC Javelin, very tacky- even for the 70′s…. it was a hot mess of black, pink and purple. Pass, give me a Mark Donnahue edition Javelin instead please.

    - ‘Black Gold’ Datsun 280ZX. A fully loaded 280ZX (“with virtually no options!”) the exterior was painted gold with black under the side moulding. It actually looked pretty good. That being said, go watch the commercial for it, it’s on youtube. DO IT, NOW. Ah, those were the days!

    - Walter White edition Pontiac Aztek. Just kidding. Would be pretty awesome though….. as long as you stay out of his territory.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    Reading through the posts, I’m amazed at how many “Special Editions” of all makes that rolled off the line. But I wonder how many were region/dealer specific? i.e. Twister edition Mustangs from the mid-west, Texas edition F-150s, etc…

  • avatar
    rustyra24

    The worst is a 1994 Sentra special edition. This was the last model before the redesign so they just took whatever extra parts they could find and slapped them on the car. You should also check out a 1977 Toyota Celica gt TIGER edition.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    General question!

    I’ve seen some ~05 Maxima 3.5 SE’s with some sort of circular enamel badge on the C-pillar. From a distance it looks like it might have a sailboat on it. I have seen 3 examples (all in black I believe) and never been able to get close enough to see what it said. Does anyone have an answer?

  • avatar
    Wheeljack

    Let’s not forget about the late 1970′s Jeep “Honcho” editions. I still remember an ad in a National Geographic magazine of the period: Mucho Macho…Honcho.

  • avatar
    Wodehouse

    Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant Spring Sport Specials.

  • avatar
    RatherhaveaBuick

    Special Editions that aren’t really special:

    Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport VR
    Lincoln Towncar Cartier
    Datsun 280zx Black and Gold Edition
    Buick Regal GS-E
    Nissan Sentra Special Edition
    Mercury Villager Nautica Edition
    Buick Century 2000
    Mercury Grand Marquis LSE
    Ford Crown Victoria LS
    20th Anniversary Mercury Cougar LS

    I can’t think of any more, I just know that the Japanese have tons and tons of “special” editions of their cars only availible in Japan, such as the Paul Newman Nissan Skyline…

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      I argue the Cartier is not a special edition. It’s a trim level. It was sold for many years, just like the Executive and Signature. The GS-E really isn’t a special edition either.

  • avatar
    GarbageMotorsCo.

    Perfect timing to stumble on this article as I passed an “Ocean Race” edition XC90 on my way to work this morning.


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