While many people look at their vehicles as ways of getting from point A to point B and on weekends, point C, there are those that see their cars as part of their personality and identity. For them, there is nothing in the world so precious as their four-wheeled mistress (or the gender-appropriate equivalent of mistress for females).
While some people teeter on the verge of obsessive and unhealthy with their love for their vehicle, it is the world we live in and "he/she who dies with the most shiny things is declared the winner upon reaching the pearly gates". That's listed as number one in the rule book. While economy class cars are getting nicer, more comfortable and roomier by the year, they still don't offer a substitute in terms of power or luxury, when compared to vehicles from dedicated luxury brands.
Sure, a Ferrari or Lamborghini goes fast, but if your goal is to get somewhere in as much style and comfort as possible, a sports/super car isn't the way to go. Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, BMW and Audi are great bets (not the first two if you live in a cold climate mind you), but there is something about Mercedes-Benz products. They are synonymous with being able to provide luxury and comfort with an engine that can last a long time, plain and simple. Along with being great cars today, there are some Mercedes-Benz models that are among the rarest and most sought-after vehicles out there. Here is our list of the most expensive and valuable cars from this make.
12 SLR McLaren Mansory Renovatio - $1.5 Million
This beauty looks like an SL500 that has been fed copious amounts of human growth hormones and every illegal performance enhancing drug known to man for several years. Unveiled back in 2008, this beast has a top speed of about 211 mph. It's not a record breaker there, but it's still a beautiful vehicle, combining the Mercedes-McLaren SLR and the work of the modification company Mansory.
11 2010 SLR McLaren V10 Quad Turbo Brabus "White Gold" - $2 Million
10 C112 Concept, Vision SLR Concept, AMG Vision GT Concept - Tied at $3 Million
Depending on your source, there may be some variation price for each of these cars (or any on the list) so as per my usual indication, scrutinize my sources as you see fit.
The C112 Concept was the masterpiece creation of Mercedes-Benz in the early 90s. It bares some notable aesthetic similarities to the McLaren F1 supercar which was revealed shortly thereafter. It never entered full production, despite there being some significant demand and potential buyers. The 6L V12 produced a bit over 400 horsepower with a top speed of over 190 MPH.
The Vision SLR Concept is the original building block on which the SLR itself was founded. It was unveiled at the 1999 Detroit Auto Show and was described as "Tomorrow's Silver Arrow". It has a top speed of just under 200 MPH and goes from 0-60 in just over four seconds.
9 1929 SSK Roadster - $3.3 Million
8 2002 CLK GTR AMG Roadster - $3.5 Million ( Some Other CLK Variants Between $3 Million and $3.3 Million)
For those who are just casual fans of Mercedes products, anything with the letters AMG in it refers to Mercedes-Benz AMG, the high-performance, juiced up company that takes Mercedes cars and puts them into "beast mode".
7 1935 500K - $3.7 Million
6 1955 300SL - $4.6 Million
5 1929 38/250 SSK - $7.4 Million
4 1928 680 S Torpedo Roadster - $8.25 Million
3 2011 SLR MacLaren Red Gold Dream - $10 Million
2 1936 and 1937 540 K Spezial - $12 Million and $10 Million
Much like the 500K that we saw earlier in this article, the 540K is a popular auction piece these days due to it being an impressive feat of engineering, a car that was sought after at the time, with a classic look and what remains a comfortable ride (only a selling point for people who actually drive them).
1 1954 W196 - $29.6 Million
The W196 was one of the most successful racing cars of its time. It competed in the 1954 and 1955 Formula One seasons, winning nine of twelve races and two World Championships. The engine featured technology that was based on the Messerschmitt 109 plane of World War Two.
In 2013, Bonhams sold one of these vehicles for nearly $30 million, which is the second largest sum for a car at auction in history.
Sources: insidermonkey.com, sportscardigest.com, emercedesbenz.com
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