In cars, the vast majority of people value speed, reliability, luxury, and sophisticated design. And cars are a confirmation of status and solvency. Over the years of automotive history, a lot of luxury cars have been created, and some of the old models have survived to this day and are worth a fortune.
1. Alfa Romeo Tipo B, 1932, $5.6 million
A car made in 1932 to participate in the Grand Prix became the prototype of the first racing cars. Thanks to the 8-cylinder engine with a volume of 2.6 liters and a capacity of 260 liters. pp., as well as improved aerodynamics, Tipo B won as many as 26 races between 1932 and 1935.
2. Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK, 1929, $7.4 million
The classic roadster was nicknamed SSK (Super Sport Kurz) for its shorter wheelbase than the previous model. It was the last car that legendary carmaker Ferdinand Porsche developed for Mercedes. Under the hood of the SSK was a monstrous power (300 hp) giant 7.1-liter engine, thanks to which the car reached a speed of 200 km / h. For most of the 1930s, SSK dominated almost all Grand Prix events.
3. Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, 1965, $7.7 million
The dream of any urban playboy, the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is one of the few American cars that were considered worthy Ferrari rivals in the GT class. Powerful V8 engine at 430 liters. from. and a speed of 320 km / h allowed him to win Le Mans in 1964 and the world championship among automakers in 1965. The last of the representatives of this classic American car was sold for a record $7.7 million.
4. Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, 1961, $8.6 million
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder is a remake of the award-winning 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. The new Spyder has a sleek body, a much more efficient chassis, and a powerful 3-liter V12 engine. This car was notable for the fact that it was often shot in Hollywood films. Thanks to the design and excellent handling, Spyder has become the object of desire for car enthusiasts around the world.
5. Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, 1947, $9 million
Before Ferdinand Porsche began to manufacture his own cars, he developed an engine for this 5.2-meter beast. The 5.4-liter engine, streamlined body, silver paint finish, and aristocratic look made the 540K Special Roadster a favorite among aristocrats, businessmen and stage and screen stars. The two-door convertible, which embodied the wealth of pre-war cars, was characterized by excellent handling at high speeds, which was rare even among luxury cars in the 1940s.
6. Bugatti Royale Type 41 Kellner Coupe, 1931, $9.8 million
The story goes that Ettore Bugatti wanted to create such a luxurious car that only royal families could own it. Ettore managed to realize his dream, and the car became the most luxurious car ever to appear in the sale. At the same time, its 12.7-liter engine allowed the Bugatti to be one of the most powerful road cars in the world. In total, six copies of the вЂњroyalвЂќ car were built.
7. Duesenberg Model J, 1931, $10.3 million
Designed during the Great Depression by the American company Duesenberg Automobile & Motors Company, the Model J is a prime example of American innovation and luxury. Model J was developed specifically to become the most stylish, fastest, largest and most expensive car in the United States. One of its owners was the Spanish king Alfonso XIII and several leading businessmen of that time.
8. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1957, $27.5 million
As many motorists assure, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is much more than just a powerful and stylish car. It represents a whole generation of sports cars that have become the favorite toys of rich and famous people. Now, these cars are sold at $12 million, and the price of perfectly preserved specimens reaches $27 million.
9. Mercedes W196R, 1954, $29.6 million
The Mercedes W196R, also known as the Silver Arrow, took second place on the list due to its rarity and, as a consequence, the huge demand among wealthy collectors. Of the 10 cars that exist today, only one is privately owned, and all the rest belong to either Mercedes-Benz or automobile museums. The Silver Arrow dominated Formula 1 racing in 1954 and 1955.
10. Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, 1937, $40 million
When the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was in development, few thought that only four cars would be built. Today there are only two such cars left, one of which is the property of the famous fashion designer Ralph Lauren and exhibited in Paris, and the other belongs to an unknown collector and is shown at the Mullin Automobile Museum in the American city of Oxnard.