Cars Built by Hand
In today’s world of high-tech manufacturing, we are often surprised to realize that there are still cars that are made by hand. It is a commonly known fact that Henry Ford perfected the assembly line and eventually all American car makers began to use the speedy manufacturing technique. Even though assembly lines have been used for over a century, many of the finest automobiles are not built on them. These are a few cars that are and were built by hand:
Ferrari. This automaker is known for building their cars by hand. Whether you buy a brand new Ferrari FX or you can get your hands on a 1963 Ferrari Spyder, your car was built by hand. The special care that is taken
Rolls Royce. Every Rolls Royce is built by hand. Some of the cars, like the Phantom, take nearly 800 hours to complete. Rumor has it that the extraordinary grille is precisely built by hand with the artisan needing no measurements.
Carroll Shelby’s CSX 8000. This beauty from 1962 was a car worth waiting for. And many did. Some waited over one year to get their hands on one; now, if you want one, you can expect to pay over $100,000 to buy your own.
Buick Reatta. This luxurious General Motors coupe was also built by hand. The creators of the Buick Reatta wanted the car to bring Buick out of the slump it was in during the late 1980s. The carmaker built over 20,000 Buick Reatta models, but it took Tiger Woods to make Buick what it is today.
Studebaker Avanti. While the car was not a hot seller, it was certainly memorable by the unusual appearance. From 1963 to 1964, Studebaker built about 4,600 cars. They are not overly expensive to purchase as a collectible. The make has seen several rebirths with the last one rolling out of the factory in 2007.