Most Expensive Vintage Cars
Automobile lovers will tell you that there are cars and then there are vintage cars. The beauty and grace of a vintage car is incomparable to today’s furious monstrosities. The average commuter car is only a necessity but a vintage car is most often a symbol of good taste and immense pride. These are very rare cars that are considered to be pieces of art by car enthusiasts worldwide and these same vintage car-lovers don’t think twice about paying millions for owning one of these beauties.
Let us look at the 10 most expensive vintage cars:
1. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – Price : $12.1 M
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was auctioned for $12.1 M. This Testa Rossa has a 3L, 300 Hp V-12 engine with maximum RPM of 8,000 all enclosed in a stunning body. This powerful classic is popular for having been a part of various prominent speed contests, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
2. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder – Price : $10.9 M
The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder was sold for around $10.9 M at an auction recently. This was an American variant of the Ferrari 250 and has a 3L, V-12 SOHC engine with a capacity of 280 Hp with 4-speed manual transmission.
3. 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner – Price : $9.8 M
The 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner was auctioned for $9.8 M and is one of the most powerful vintage cars from the legendary Italian carmakers. This particular model was eccentrically powerful and designed with a huge 12.7L, Linear-8 engine, the largest ever put in an automobile. The wheelbase and the price tag were in the extreme ranges of the days.
4. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM – Price : $9.3 M
The 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM is the final version of the Testa Rossa range of Ferrari and was auctioned for $9.3 M recently. This car features a 4L, V-12 engine with a capacity of 400Hp. This was also the last of the front-end engine models by Ferrari to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorsport endurance race.
5. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – Price : $8.2 M
The Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is a massive 17-feet long, 2-seat convertible that is styled in the classic design and only 26 of these were produced. This particular model was sold for $8.2 M. This model had a powerful 5.4L, Linear-8 engine with a capacity of 180Hp.
6. 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante – Price : $7.9 M
The 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante was sold recently for around $7.9 M and was the few surviving from the 12 originally made. This car featured as super-charged 3.3L, Linear-8 engine with a 170 HP capacity. This car also had an upgraded chassis as compared to the other Type 57 models and has often been described as the world’s first supercar.
7. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK – Price : $7.4 M
The 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSk was sold recently for around $7.4 M and is one of the smallest yet powerful cars in the group. This car was smaller and shorter than its competitors but featured a massive 7.1L, supercharged V-12 engine is a power plant in its own sense.
8. 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 HP – Price : $7.3 M
The 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 HP is one of the oldest vintages to be around and was recently auctioned for $7.3 M. This collaborative venture by Rolls and Royce resulted in the vintage beauty that is the Rolls-Royce 10 HP. This car featured a small 1.8L, V-2 engine with a capacity of 10 Hp.
9. 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe – Price : $7.25 M
The 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe is a truly exclusive vintage and only 6 of these were made. It was recently sold for around $7.25 M. It featured a powerful Ford 289 cc V-8 engine and went on to break Ferrari’s dominance over the European racing circuits.
10. 1962 Ferrari 250 LM – Price : $6.9 M
The 1962 Ferrari 250 LM was sold recently for around $6.9 M. Only 32 of these vintage beauties were made and went on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as it could not enter the GT class category.
These vintage cars are not only powerful and excellent in performance but their classic design and styling has a distinct appeal to car-lovers. The era before the 60’s is considered to be the birthing period of some of the most powerful and fast cars of today.