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Most Expensive Vintage Cars

Saturday, Aug 22, 2020, 2:39 pm

1.1997 McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 is a classic car even though it was made in the 1990s. This version was sold at auction in 2013 for $8.47 million and this is purely down to the fact that it is so collectible and not a lot of them were made. This car was so advanced for its time that it is still one of the fastest road cars out there some 20 years after it was built.

2.1937 Bugatti

This 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlante Coupe was sold at auction for $8.745 million in 2013. This is certainly not the most beautiful of cars that you will ever set eyes on and indeed the one that was sold was not in the best of condition, but it is rare. In actual fact it is very rare with only a handful of them suspected to still be in existence, which is why it was sold for such a high price.

3.1953 Ferrari 375

This Ferrari 375 MM Spider dating from 1953 is a true classic and this is partly why it sold for $9 million at auction in 2013. It really is a fantastic racing car and you can just picture it being driven around the track and taking on all comers with this being victorious. It is a classic Ferrari and one that any serious collector would love to own.

4.1937 Mercedes

This 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster was sold for just under $9.7 million in 2011 and you have to admit that this is one amazing looking car that could potentially justify its huge price tag. You only have to look at it to understand why somebody would be willing to pay as much money as that because it really is one of the most beautiful vehicles ever made even though it is from the 1930s.

5.1931 Bugatti

This 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale is an absolute classic and it sold for just under $10 million back in 1987. You can only guess what it would be worth now if it came up for auction and it would not be a surprise if it made a new record or at least got close to it. A Bugatti from this era is always sought after due to the quality of the car and of course its rarity, so even though it may not be the nicest car in the world it is still a fantastic car to own and drive.

6.1961 Ferrari 250

This 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider was sold for $10.9 million at auction and it is gorgeous. This model was actually owned by James Coburn, so that did help to bump the price up and it really is a classic Ferrari sports car from the 60s. The lines on the car and the inclusion of chrome fittings just adds to the beauty of it.

7.1968 Ford GT40

This is one of those cars that so many boys had on a poster on their walls in the late 60s and early 70s. It looked dynamic, fun, fast, and menacing and it sold at auction for $11 million. It was raced both at Le Mans as well as Daytona and it was also used as a camera car in the movie Le Mans that starred Steve McQueen.


8.1936 Mercedes

The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster is a very rare car with only 30 ever being built of this model. It sold at auction for just under $11.8 million and it really is an amazing example of this particular model. The condition it is in cannot be beaten and just the way that the car looks takes your breath away. Imagine the thrill of sitting in there being driven along in a car that can really move considering how old it is.

9.1957 Ferrari

This is another Tessa Rossa, but this time it sold for $12.4 million when it came up for auction. This model was actually raced up until 1963 and it is one of only 22 cars that were ever made. People are often confused as it is in black, but that used to be their racing colors at one point, but even the color does not take away from the fact that this is an absolutely gorgeous car.


10.1953 Ferrari 340

This Ferrari was sold at auction for an eye-watering $12.8 million in 2013 and it appeared at Le Mans where it was driven by Nino Farina. You take one look at this car and you just think of power and a fantastic driving experience, but with that price tag you will only be able to look from afar and dream as to what it would be like.

11.1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

This car actually started off as a prototype, but it ended up being used in Le Mans and up until quite recently it was the most expensive car in the world after it was sold in 2011 for an amazing $16.39 million. Ok it might not be a car that you can drive to the shops in, but it has power, poise, and it is a Ferrari from the classic era of Ferrari, so what else would you want?


12.1958 Ferrari 250 GT

You cannot fail but look at this car and just say how beautiful it is because it really is exquisite. This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider sold at auction for $8.25 million and in actual fact you do wonder how it was not higher than this. The styling of the car is second to none and you would feel amazing just sitting in it never mind being able to drive it.

13.1955 Ferrari 410

This Ferrari 410 Sport Berlinetta from 1955 is gorgeous and you can kind of understand how it then sold at auction for $8.25 million. It really is a classic car and even though it is not in the Ferrari red it still does not take anything away from the way it looks and you know it will be a pleasure to drive. It has amazing power for the era it was built in and it really is a drivers car.

14.1928 Mercedes

This 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680s Torpedo Roadster was sold at auction for $8.25 million and you have to admit that it is a gorgeous car. This model is extremely rare and it is even more rare for it to be in such good condition where you are basically able to drive it away that very day and would you not love to drive this car?

15.1967 Ferrari 275

This Ferrari 275 dating from 1967 was sold for an amazing $27.5 million when it came up for auction in 2013. The car was initially believed to be worth in the region of $17 million, but it quickly shot past that price as this model showed that Ferrari cars from either the 50s or 60s are still the most sought after models on earth.


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