The values of expensive vintage cars are determined from their history, rareness and ultimately, the amount buyers are willing to pay.
In this list, we haven’t mentioned the common and commercially selling cars running on the streets but those which are rare and vintage collectibles. The majestic pieces of art are mentioned below with their respective values.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider ($18.5 Million)
Roger Baillon, a French transport magnate acquired a vast estate of land where he discovered around 100 rare cars. He put 59 of the cars on sale and among those was the exquisite 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider which sold for a whooping amount of $18.5 million. Only 37 of these were ever made which brings no surprise to its exaggerating value.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider ($19.8 Million)
This Italian beauty was one of the ultimate luxury car of its generation. This car is believed to be one of the 7 units ever made and also the one which managed to escape the war by being transported to Argentina. It took years to bring it back to its original state as its parts were disassembled. No surprise, It sold for $19.8 million on an auction in 2016.
1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe ($20.6 Million)
The 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe symbolizes class and royalty with beautifully designed bodywork and its attention to detail unmatched by any others in the ‘30s. This car also happens to be the most valuable pre-war car in the world and was sold for $9.8 million in 1987. The value of this car is worth $20.6 million in present context.
1955 Jaguar D-Type (21.8 Million)
Jaguar D-Type is one of the most noteworthy racing cars ever made. This particular car is the winner of the 1956 24 hour Le Mans race. The historic car was in almost perfect condition when it was auctioned for $19.8 million. Adding $2 million of auction fees, this car was sold for $21.8 million.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale ($26.4 Million)
Only 3 of these hand-made cars were ever built by Ferrari. This car is considered to be the holy grail of collectibles and its value has been going up each year. One of these was sold for $26.4 million and its value is expected to reach $50 million in the next decade.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S N.A.R.T. Spider ($27.5 Million)
North America Racing Team (N.A.R.T.), devised by a former Le Mans, Luigi Chinetti bought 8 of these open-top Ferrari 275 out of the 10 ever made. The cars were put on sale for prices between $8,000 and $14,500. A man from North Carolina named Eddie Smith Sr. bought one for $14,500. After Eddie’s death, his son and also the rightful owner of the car, Eddie Smith Jr. sold it for $27.5 million in 2007.
1956 Ferrari 290 MM ($28 Million)
This particular car built for a one of the greatest Formula One racers of all time named Juan Manuel Fangio. Only 4 units of this model was ever built. Despite the car’s long racing history that lasted until 1964, it never crashed. After retirement, the car traded hands for multiple times and was finally sold in December 2015 for an incredible amount of $28 million.
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 ($29.6 Million)
Only 10 Mercedes-Benz W196 were ever made and through time, only one of these cars was in complete condition. This particular one was driven by the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio. This Grand-Prix race car also won 9 out of the 12 races it ever entered making it one of the most important part of automotive history. Being one of the fastest in its time, this car was sold for $29.6 million in 2013.
1957 Ferrari 335S Spider ($35.7 Million)
Despite being a road-legal car, this particular model was designed purely for racing. Only 4 of these beauties were ever produced and one of them had been in the hands of a French private collector for more than 40 years. Collectors from around the world were lined up for owning this car but there was one lucky one who is non-other than the best football player the world has ever seen, Lionel Messi. Messi bought the car for an impressive amount of $35.7 million.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO ($70 Million)
The Ferrari 250 GTO is the most expensive cars ever sold in known history and 37 of these were ever built. One of these cars was sold for $52 million in 2013. Another 250 GTO was sold at Boham’s Lodge auction for $38.1 million in August 2014. This particular car was made specifically for the 1962 Tour de France which went on to finish second in it. In June 2018, a 250 GTO was puchased by the founder of WeatherTech, David MacNeil for a mind-boggling amount of $70 million. The $70 million car had won the 1964 Tour de France and came fourth in Le Mans. Unlike many other GTOs, this car never crashed in its racing history.