Although, some of the latest cars that feature state-of-the-art technology may be the most sought after vehicles of today, it is vintage and classic cars which have a charm of their own. Classic cars have their own character and are a symbol not only of a vintage era but they also have their own history attached to it. Some of these babies have been owned by celebrities or driven by grand prix champions and are a prized collector’s item. Here are 8 most expensive classic cars in the world.
1904 Rolls-Royce, $ 7.3 Million
This beautiful piece, among only 17 built, truly qualifies as a vintage car and while it may not have fetched a price beyond $ 7.3 million, the fact that it belongs to the early automotive era rightly qualifies it as automotive art. Resembling a carriage, this featured an engine with only 10 HP powered by twin cylinders of 1.8 liter. This is the oldest known Rolls Royce that exists today and had been hidden in a farm building during World War II.
1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante
Bugatti has always been synonymous with famous race cars. The Type 57SC Atalante was a limited edition that was a big hit in the world of championship racing. The SC was the ultimate with 170 HP eight cylinder engines and a chassis which could be upgraded to the 57S. It was regarded as one of the supercars of the thirties. The car was sold for a cool $ 8 Million at the Pebbles Beach Concours d’Elegance auction in 2008.
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa $12.1 Million
An icon of the fifties, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was a challenge in every championship, where it featured in the 24 hours of Le Mans. Its 300 HP 3 liter V-12 engine was its main feature, notwithstanding its fantastic red body to match. Only 22 were manufactured which qualifies the 1957 Testa as a rare selection. With Ace driver Phil Hill at the wheel, the car had won four championships for Ferrari in 1958.
21961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider – $18.5 Million
This is one car that has achieved celebrity status by virtue of its celeb owners. The Ferrari Black Spider was owned by celebrity Alain Delon, who purchased it from fellow actor Gerard Blain. Even Jane Fonda owned the Spider at one time. The Spider in the image was found languishing in a warehouse where most concerned people thought it had been destroyed. This rare collector’s item is truly one of the most expensive classic cars in the world.
964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale – $26.4 Million
This fascinating 1964 piece was purchased at Pebbles Beach for a whopping 26.4 million. A shining grey, its six Weber carburetor featured a solid 320 HP engine. The car was actually manufactured manually by hand and is just one of three which makes it an extremely rare item.
31967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider – $27.7 Million
Part of the North American Racing Team, the NART spider was part of a ten piece collection brought put by Ferrari. The car has a unique Quad cam engine. This particular model was designed by US Ferrari distributor Luigi Chinetti and was purchased by Ferrari collector Eddie Smith in 1968 for an assumed price between $6000-$14500. At Pebbles Beach, it was sold by Eddie’s family for a whopping $ 27.7million.
11954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow – $31 Million
This is the same model driven by Grand Prix champion Manuel Fangio, an auto mechanic at one point of time. Just 13 of these remarkable babies exist, of which six are in the possession of Mercedes Benz. The rest are in auto museums or with private owners. The Silver arrow features such state-of-the-art technology that it was considered a car ahead of its time. A Fuel injection system calibrated its motors. The car had smashed auction records at Bonham’s, making it the world’s most expensive car in 2013.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta – $38 Million
The most expensive car in the world is the Ferrari 250 GTO, sold on the death anniversary of Enzo Ferrari. What makes the GTO the most exclusive and the most expensive classic car is the fact that it has never been sold at auctions but has been the subject of private and exclusive sales. The Title stands for Gran Turismo Omologato and is Ferrari’s greatest car of all time.
The car was sold at the Pebbles Beach Concoures d’Elegance auction in 2012, but one particular model was reported to have been sold at a private sale in 2013 for $52 million.