It is amazing how in just over a century the automobile industry, like many others, has evolved in a dizzying. Since the late nineteenth century, wheeled revolution began with the introduction of the first gasoline-fueled vehicles.
Years later, in the United States, the automotive market significantly developed the first mass-produced car, the Ford Model T. Thanks to this new way of creating vehicles which made the car more accessible to the public, a clear example of this is that it managed to sell over 15 million units. Not all cars are produced in high quantities and are offered at economical prices. There are models that stand out for their uniqueness, with a limited production offering sporty handling with a price that has multiple zeros.
The foregoing implies that a vehicle having these characteristics often becomes an investment. In most cases away from devalued, each year of life becomes an ally, because if you put this thing on sale, you will earn a lot of money.
For example, in 2010, the figure for older vehicle exceeded 10 million; another interesting fact is that more than half of the ten most expensive auctions have the seal of Bugatti and Ferrari. For some of these models we present five models that have achieved the highest auction prices until today.
5 Ford GT40 1968 $11 million
Listed as American racecar, the GT40 was developed with the help of Carroll Shelby. Once built, Ford achieved the dream of overthrowing Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for four times from 1966 to 1969, before Porsche dominated the race in the early 70s with the legendary 917.
With a lot of car debris, damaged or displayed in museums after extensive restoration, the Ford GT40 is not the kind of vehicle you will often auction. Although this particular model did not win at Le Mans, but won at Spa in 1967 later modified by John Wyer Automotive and thus became the first car to win a race Gulf.
However, there is another reason why this is famous racecar. In 1970, this vehicle owned by David Brown, was hired by legendary actor Steve McQueen to be used in the movie "Le Mans". Over the years, the GT40 had several owners until it was restored and thus finally auctioned in August of last year for $11 million. That figure made it the most expensive American car in the world.
4 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540k $11.7 million
If there is a Mercedes-Benz classic car collector, everything he wants in his garage is this model. Such is the offer for this car with over seven decades of life, that in recent years the price has doubled. Proof of this is the $11.7 million that was auctioned in the last year.
Introduced at the 1936 Paris Auto Show and designed by Friedrich Geiger, the 540K was equipped with a 5.4-liter eight-cylinder engine that allowed it to reach 176 km / h thanks to the combination of 115 horsepower. A total of 419 units were manufactured at the plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. The model in question is one, which was ordered in 1936 by the aristocratic family Von Krieger and until 1989, belonged to Baroness Gisela Von Krieger Josephine.
3 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa $16.4 million
Like a real racing car, this Ferrari was winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times between 1958 and 1961. Only 34 units were built in various body styles. Here again it makes an appearance the 3.0-liter V12 with 300 horsepower and 222 lb-ft.
It is striking that this Testa rossa was seen as an obsolete racecar, so that several copies were sold for $ 5,000 in the 60s. What I never imagined was that this vehicle now exceeds 10 million.
One example was a unit acquired by Mr. Luigi Chinetti who restored it after being damaged in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958. As if fresh from the factory, in 2011 the car was sold at $ 16.4 million.
2 Ferrari 250 GTO 1963 $19.4 million
Undoubtedly this model is one of the most recognized designs of Ferrari. Built to compete on road courses, this sports car only saw 36 individuals between 1962 and 1963.
Weighing less than one ton, 952 kilograms to be exact, this Italian stops the clock in 6.1 seconds at the time the speedometer needle will sweep from 0 to 100 km / h. This performance is due to the 250 GTO engine a 3.0-liter V12 engine with 300 horsepower and 216 lb-ft of torque.
Chris Evans, producer and British television presenter, who paid a total of $ 19.4 million, purchased this particular model in 2010.
1 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic $43 million
Auctioned three years ago in California, this specific model became the most expensive car ever auctioned. Such was the figure that was paid for Type 57SC Atlantic 1936, the new owner decided to remain anonymous and the exact amount was not disclosed. According to rumors, this classic was sold for 43 million dollars.
Several factors have made this car one of the most expensive in the world. First, only four units were built, secondly its strange design and thirdly the condition. To date there are only two models of the four, one of them belongs to the designer Ralph Lauren.
With chassis number 57374 this was the first of four units designed by Jean Bugatti, which was delivered to Lord Rothschild of London in 1936. Also noteworthy for its radical design, its 210 horsepower enabling it to reach a speed of 210 km / h.