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* The planes flown by the titular squadron in ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' have included Grumman XF5F Skyrockets and Lockheed XF-90s, both of which were only ever built in prototype form.

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* The planes flown by the titular squadron in ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' have included Grumman XF5F [=XF5F=] Skyrockets and Lockheed XF-90s, both of which were only ever built in prototype form.

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* The planes flown by the titular squadron in ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' have included Grumman XF5F Skyrockets and Lockheed XF-90s, both of which were only ever built in prototype form.


It is sometimes the case that vehicles and aircraft that were historically rare, introduced later or prototypes or never passed the drawing board stage are shown as used in a particular setting. This may be in an alternate history, but is invariably motivated by the RuleOfCool. May sometimes be [[SeriousBusiness an accusation]] of JustPlaneWrong or ArtisticLicenseShips. Could also be an ImprobablyCoolCar, but those aren't necessarily ''rare''.

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It is sometimes the case that vehicles cars, ships, and aircraft that were historically rare, introduced later or prototypes or never passed the drawing board stage are shown as used in a particular setting. This may be in an alternate history, but is invariably motivated by the RuleOfCool. May sometimes be [[SeriousBusiness an accusation]] of JustPlaneWrong or ArtisticLicenseShips. Could also be an ImprobablyCoolCar, but those aren't necessarily ''rare''.


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* In Series/{{Best Motoring}}, several rare European cars were driven, including the [=McLaren=] F1 and the RUF CTR "Yellowbird".

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* In Series/{{Best Motoring}}, ''Series/{{Best Motoring}}'', several rare European cars were driven, including the [=McLaren=] F1 and the RUF CTR "Yellowbird".
* ''Series/TheGoldbergs'' once showed off the benefits and drawbacks of this. Murray is in the market for a new car and buys a rare sports car called a Bitter. (Yes, this is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_(automobile) a real car]]). At first, he enjoys the attention the car brings with many people asking him what it is and giving him approving remarks. Then it breaks down on him and he can't get it fixed. It turns out it's so rare, it's impossible to find parts for it in the U.S.



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* ''Film/WonderWoman'' features perhaps the only fictional appearance of a Siemens-Schuckert R-class bomber, which in real life was only built as a prototype and was ''not'' used to drop poison gas.

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* ''Film/WonderWoman'' ''Film/WonderWoman2017'' features perhaps the only fictional appearance of a Siemens-Schuckert R-class bomber, which in real life was only built as a prototype and was ''not'' used to drop poison gas.


* The Batmobile from the 1960s TV series ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was a 1957 Lincoln Futura concept car.

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* The Batmobile from the 1960s TV series ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/Batman1966'' was a 1957 Lincoln Futura concept car.


* {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed}} in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series: While the [=DeLorean=] was rare, [[DownplayedTrope only one appears in the movie itself, and in reality, about 9,000 of them were produced until two years before the film takes place]]. Expensive, yes (sticker price was $26.5k in 1981, about $57k today, which interestingly is almost exactly what the original sticker price would be today, adjusted for inflation, and the exact price of the [[http://delorean.com/ reproductions]] made from original and remanufactured stock), but not exactly rare (about 6,500 still exist). On the other hand, George Barris' Supervan (from the movie with the same title) ''is'' one of a kind and appears in ''Back to the Future 2'' as a traffic car.

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* {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed}} Zagg|ingTrope}}ed in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series: While the [=DeLorean=] was rare, [[DownplayedTrope only one appears in the movie itself, and in reality, about 9,000 of them were produced until two years before the film takes place]]. Expensive, yes (sticker price was $26.5k in 1981, about $57k today, which interestingly is almost exactly what the original sticker price would be today, adjusted for inflation, and the exact price of the [[http://delorean.com/ reproductions]] made from original and remanufactured stock), but not exactly rare (about 6,500 still exist). On the other hand, George Barris' Supervan (from the movie with the same title) ''is'' one of a kind and appears in ''Back to the Future 2'' as a traffic car.


* The [=DeLorean=] from the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series doesn't entirely count: while it was rare, only one appears in the movie itself, and in reality, about 9,000 of them were produced until two years before the film takes place. Expensive, yes (sticker price was $26.5k in 1981, about $57k today, which interestingly is almost exactly what the original sticker price would be today, adjusted for inflation, and the exact price of the [[http://delorean.com/ reproductions]] made from original and remanufactured stock), but not exactly rare (about 6,500 still exist). On the other hand, George Barris' Supervan (from the movie with the same title) ''is'' one of a kind and appears in ''Back to the Future 2'' as a traffic car.

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* The [=DeLorean=] from {{Zig Zagg|ingTrope}}ed}} in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series doesn't entirely count: while it series: While the [=DeLorean=] was rare, [[DownplayedTrope only one appears in the movie itself, and in reality, about 9,000 of them were produced until two years before the film takes place.place]]. Expensive, yes (sticker price was $26.5k in 1981, about $57k today, which interestingly is almost exactly what the original sticker price would be today, adjusted for inflation, and the exact price of the [[http://delorean.com/ reproductions]] made from original and remanufactured stock), but not exactly rare (about 6,500 still exist). On the other hand, George Barris' Supervan (from the movie with the same title) ''is'' one of a kind and appears in ''Back to the Future 2'' as a traffic car.


* Film/WonderWoman features perhaps the only fictional appearance of a Siemens-Schuckert R-class bomber, which in real life was only built as a prototype and was ''not'' used to drop poison gas.

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* Film/WonderWoman ''Film/WonderWoman'' features perhaps the only fictional appearance of a Siemens-Schuckert R-class bomber, which in real life was only built as a prototype and was ''not'' used to drop poison gas.

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* Film/WonderWoman features perhaps the only fictional appearance of a Siemens-Schuckert R-class bomber, which in real life was only built as a prototype and was ''not'' used to drop poison gas.


* The canceled X-33 spaceplane features in Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons''. On which he most emphatically did no research, which is proven when he referred to it as the Boeing X-33. It was never built but it was designed and slated to be built by '''Lockheed''', which is Boeing's arch rival, and was the prototype for the [=VentureStar=]. '''Both''' of these vehicles would have been unmanned to save the excessive weight that a life-support system would have added.

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* The canceled X-33 spaceplane features in Creator/DanBrown's ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons''. On which he most emphatically did no research, which is proven when he referred to it as the Boeing X-33. It was never built but it was designed and slated to be built by '''Lockheed''', which is Boeing's arch rival, and was the prototype for the [=VentureStar=]. '''Both''' of these vehicles would have been unmanned to save the excessive weight that a life-support system would have added.added (although the VentureStar was intended to be have an optional crew pod).


Compare RareGuns, which is the same trope applied to firearms. See ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld for the zeppelin version of this.

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Compare RareGuns, which is the same trope applied to firearms. See ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld SeldomSeenSpecies for the zeppelin biological version of this.


* The fourth ''Film/DieHard'' film features the F-35 in 2006. Scheduled entry into service is 2012. [[DevelopmentHell Or rather]], it ''was'' 2012.

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* The fourth ''Film/DieHard'' ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' film features the F-35 in 2006. Scheduled entry into service is 2012. [[DevelopmentHell Or rather]], it ''was'' 2012.


* [[VideoGame/MidnightClub Midnight Club 3]] contains the 1999 Dodge Charger, a concept car that was never put into production and probably shouldn't be in the hands of street racers. What makes this notable is that the car had been retired before the game came out in 2005, and it remains its only video game appearance to date.

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* [[VideoGame/MidnightClub Midnight Club 3]] ''VideoGame/MidnightClub'':
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contains a number of concept cars, including the Dodge Viper [=GTS-R=], Cadillac Cien, Chrysler [=ME412=], Dodge Super 8 Hemi, Hummer [=H3T=], and Nissan Sport Concept. Special mention must go to the 1999 Dodge Charger, a concept car that was never put into production and probably shouldn't be in the hands of street racers. What makes this notable is that the car had been retired before the game came out in 2005, and it remains its only video game appearance to date.date.
** ''Los Angeles'' continues the tradition with the concept versions of the Dodge Challenger [=SRT-8=] and Chevrolet Camaro as well as the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept. The first two even have special editions.


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* ''VideoGame/TestDriveUnlimited'' has a number of these. The second game has both the Zonda Cinque and Tricolore, which had production numbers of 3 and 5 respectively. You can also obtain a Shelby Cobra Daytona by scavenging parts from ten wrecks of the car...three more than existed in real life.

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*** A few of the destroyers like the Shimkaze, Tashkent, and Błyskawica count as destroyers were usually made in sets larger than ten and sometimes multiple hundred per class. The first two were the only examples build of their planned classes, where the last one from a two ship class.

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