World’s most expensive Vintage cars sold for over million dollars and above
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World’s most expensive Vintage cars sold for over million dollars and above

World’s most expensive Vintage cars sold for over million dollars and above

As popularly stated by famous car collector Jay Leno, “Any car can be a collector car, if you collect it,” which holds true for the avid car collectors who not only collects cars as a hobby but also for investment. Years down the road, the vintage cars have always demanded top dollars at the auctions, which have led to the roaring of the collector car market. Whenever exceptional vintage cars comes at the auction blocks, we witness high-end collectors battling with their bank accounts, resulting in multi-million dollar sale of some of the cars which falls into the bracket of the big names like Ferrari, Mercedes, Bugatti, Bentley and Aston Martin, to name a few. There are most expensive cars with luxurious and stunning looks, also credited for being the powerful and fastest till date, but then there are vintage cars with a history, classic looks and rarity. These jewels of their century, which now comes with million-dollar price tags, surpasses the today's cars in terms of value and price.
Here, we have listed some of the most expensive vintage cars sold for over million dollars and above, have a look:-

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO

Price: $32 million

Year of Sale: 2012

From year 1962 till 1964, only 39 of Ferrari 250 GTO cars came out of the manufacturer’s factory, and ever since then, these exclusive and rare cars commanded hefty prices at the auctions. Topping the ranks amongst most expensive Ferrari car auctioned in United Kingdom, this particular vehicle will now grace the new Spanish owner’s car collection. Reportedly, Mr. Jon Hunt, the head of Foxtons Estate Agency is said to be the one who sold off his Ferrari 250 GTO, but the silence has left the name of the seller under scrutiny. Further, this vehicle is also known to be the fastest Ferrari cars of that generation. And, noted celebrities like Pink Floyd drummer Nick Masson and DJ Chris Evans are also known to be the owners of the same car.

Vadim’s 1959 Ferrari 250 GTO LWB

Price: $5.8 million

Sold by: Artcurial

Year of Sale: 2012

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GTO LWB was bought and sold by director Roger Vadim for about $6 million. Noted French movie director Jean Claude Bajol was also among the other famous owners who took proud owning this car that car that boasts V12 Aluminum Alloy engine with 2,953cc power capacity, delivering 250 HP of output. The top speed of this car was recorded at around 233 km/h, while it reached 0-100 km/h in a whip of just 6.5 seconds.

1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider

Price: $6.5 million

Sold by: RM Auctions

Year of Sale: 2012

At the auction blocks in Monaco held by noted auctioneers RM Auctions, the 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider was the most expensive item, which was sold for staggering amount of about $6.5 million. This particular race car with 320-horsepower V12 engine is one of only two cars ever built by Ferrari. John von Neumann, the Pioneering American Ferrari importer and famed racing driver was the one who originally bought this car, and it remained under single ownership in California for more than 30 years.

1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé

Price: $1.9 million

Sold by: Bonhams

Year of Sale: 2012

At the recent Bonhams annual Aston Martin Works Service Sale, the wonderful and one of the respected Aston Martin vehicles, the 1991 DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé, which was an outcome of the tie-up between Aston Martin and Zagato of Milan in 1960s, got sold for staggering $1.9 million. After a series of modifications, the car’s recent version, which is one of only four Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction IIs ever made, comes from its current owners David Clark and Michael Brinkert of Taylor & Crawley of Germany. Equipped with a 4.2-liter power engine and four-speed David Brown gearbox, the first owner of the reworked version of the car is the historic and iconic racer Tony Smith, who also happens to be the manager of famous singer Phil Collins.

Michael Schumacher-driven Ferrari F1 car

Price: $1.02 million

Sold by: RM Auctions

Year of Sale: 2012

Driven by the iconic F1 driver Michael Schumacher, a Ferrari F1 racing car got sold for staggering $1.02 million at an auction held in Monaco. Schumacher raced this F1-2000 in the Austrian Grand Prix, before retiring after just one lap following a collision. Subsequently re-built in year 2008, this least-raced example is known to be one of only eight to be produced and was the first ever that entirely got designed in the Maranello wind tunnel.

Bugatti 57SC Atlantic coupe

Price: $30 - $40 million

Sold by: Gooding and Co.

Year of Sale: 2010

After being sold at an auction in California for about $30 million, this sleek, curved vintage Bugatti became one of the world’s most expensive cars. Widely known for being one of only three of its kind ever produced, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is also praised for its art-deco elegance. Considered to be highly avant garde, this particular car came on the market following the death of its owner, Peter Williamson, a well known car collector and a neurologist.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Price: $12.2 million

Sold by: RM Auctions

Year of Sale: 2009

There are only 21 other cars like the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, but none of them was quite so expensive in the year it was sold in. While the 1957 Testa Rossas won 10 of the 19 international races that they participated from 1958 and 1961, this particular vehicle never finished better than fourth. However, the car’s finest quality is not its speed but its sheer beauty that gets highlighted from its body made by Sergio Scaglietti, the famed Italian automobile designer. The car boasts pontoon fenders, which is said to have been one of Scagliettis favorites.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione

Price: $7.2 million

Sold by: Gooding and Co.

Year of Sale: 2010

At the Pebble Beach sale held by the Gooding and Company, this rare 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione with chassis number 1603 GT got sold for a world record price of $7,260,000. This rare breed is one of the select group of beautiful open Ferraris that ever saw track time, and is widely regarded as the ultimate LWB California Competizione. Imported by the most significant proponent of racing Californias, Luigi Chinetti, this rare racing beauty was then immediately sold to George Reed of Homewood. In short, California was too beautiful, too elegant, too refined to be a racing car.


1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

Price: $6.7 million

Sold by: Gooding and Co.

Year of Sale: 2010

This fabulous sports racing car first hand is regarded as one of the most rewarding cars to drive as it is extraordinarily tight and responsive and reacts like an extension of one’s own thoughts. This factory-built 8C Monza is among the top tier of car collectors, and in nearly 60 years, only three men have had the pleasure of owing the Alfa Romeo and only the last two have really had the opportunity to campaign with it.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod

Price: $6.11 million

Sold by: Gooding and Co.

Year of Sale: 2010

Known to be the ultimate Ferrari GT for years, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta boasts a pure and well balanced shape, for which Sergio Pininfarina called it “the first of our three quantum leaps in design with Ferrari.” One of only 20 cars built, this SEFAC Hot Rod was sold new to Count Volpi under the manager’s infamous Scuderia Serenissima, and also holds an extraordinary racing history.

1937 BMW 328 MM 'Buegelfalte' Roadster

Price: $5.6 million

Sold by: RM Auctions

Year of Sale: 2010

Known to be the world’s most significant pre-war sports racing cars, the one-of-a-kind 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia ‘Buegelfalte’ is the only special roadster ever built at the BMW factory in Munich. With numerous race wins to its credit, this particular car became the pattern for a whole generation of post-war sports cars. Manufactured in 1937, this car was dismantled at the BMW factory’s racing division before being extensively re-engineered to craft both an aerodynamic coupe and this lightweight open roadster.

1938 Talbot-Lago T150 Competition Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe’

Designed by: Figoni et Falaschi

Price: $4.62 million

Sold by: RM Auctions

Year of Sale: 2010

After taking control of Automobiles Tablot in 1935, Anthony Lago renamed the France based enterprise Talbot-Lago, and then immediately hired an engineer named Walter Brecchia, and together they created the first Talbot-Lago, which was based on a Talbot-Darracq three liter Type K78. Restored to perfection by RM Auto Restoration, the particular car is now finished in a lustrous black with a beautifully matched textured tobacco leather interiors. Its appearance and availability marks only the second time this Talbot has been offered publicly since 1981.

1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta

Price: $4.62 million

Designed by: Pinin Farina

Sold by: RM Auctions

Year of Sale: 2010

Known to be the fifth of only seven rare examples, this particular 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta has undergone professional restoration, and is in outstanding condition and matching numbers. Further, this is a never raced car, and is certainly one of the most original racing Ferraris with a very well known history, including prominent collectors and movie stardom for being featured in the classic Italian film ‘The Fortune of being a Women.’ Further, the car comes with a Ferrari Classiche certification.

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa fully restored

Price: $16.39 million

Sold by: Gooding and Co.

Year of Sale: 2011

The fully-restored prototype of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa set a record as the highest priced car sold at the Gooding & Company’s sale at Pebble Beach. Equipped with some significant features of those times, the car is known to have an ill-fated career start, as at the end of the Le Mans 1958, this car was charred and was rendered beyond use, but after full restoration it won 10 out of the 16 international races that it took part in.

1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder

Price: $4.4 million

Sold by: Gooding and Co.

Year of Sale: 2012

The racing car 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder is by far known to be the most expensive Porsche in the world that has been sold at an auction held by renowned auction house Gooding & Company at Amelia Island, Florida. Porsche only produced 4 of these cars, which can run faster than 240 mph. However, this particular example never raced and belonged to the car collection of Matthew Drendel, the late Porsche collector. Also, this model was featured in the Steve Mc Queen film Le Mans, made in 1971.

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