Top 5 Most Expensive Classic Cars in the World
Here are the list of Top 5 most expensive classic cars in the world. A classic car is an older car; the exact meaning is variable. The Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 20 and 40 years old to be a classic, while cars over 45 years fall into the Antique Class. Every once in awhile, a car enters the spotlight and becomes an instant classic. Years down the road, these cars demand hefty prices when sold at auction. These are the most expensive classic cars in the world.
5. 007 Aston Martin DB5 – $5-$10 million
Radio broadcaster Jerry Lee originally purchased the car from Aston Martin in 1969 for $12,000, after the car had appeared in both “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” and had toured in a 007 promotional campaign. He has entered the car in “Automobiles of London,” where it will be auctioned on October 27th, 2010. The other DB5 is believed to have been destroyed after its reported theft in 1997. Aside from the (non-functional) machineguns, this most expensive classic cars also features an ejector seat (also non-functional) and revolving number plates. These and other factory-installed gadgets are all in working order after a recomissioning program by RM Auto Restoration.
4. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder – $10.8 million
This most expensive classic cars sold in May 2008 at the RM Auctions/Sotheby’s Ferrari Legend and Passion auction, this Ferrari 250 GT was owned by former Magnificent Seven star James Coburn for twenty-five years. During that time, Coburn would test his skills against fellow enthusiasts Steve McQueen and James Garner. In fact, one of the latest lines of Ferraris, also designed by Pininfarina, has been named “California” in honor of Coburn’s car.
3. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $12.4 million
The Ferrari 250 TR is famous for having won ten of the nineteen races in which they were driven between 1958 and 1961. This particular TR won 4th place when driven by Piero Drogo in the 1000 km Buenos Aires in January of 1958. Drogo drove it one more time, in the Grand Prix of Cuba, before he sold this most expensive classic cars to American Alan Connell who drove it in nine races and spent most of that time in 1st or 2nd place in class.
2. 1934 “Star of India” Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental – $13 million
This bespoke Rolls was one of 281 Continental Phantom II’s ever produced. Built for the Maharajah of Rajkot, one of its custom features is, among its 14 headlights, a pair that turns with the steering wheel. Also particular to the Star of India is its unique orange-over-aluminum color combination. The Star of India was auctioned alongside twenty-four other rare Rolls-Royces and another three Bentleys. After the auction, this most expensive classic cars appeared for sale at $13 million, but the listing was later removed.
1. Peter D. Williamson Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic – $30-$40 million
The Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic as most expensive classic cars in the world was based on the “Aérolithe” concept car. The Aérolithe’s Electron and Duralumin construction required external riveting, resulting in a distinctive seam not unlike a dorsal fin. Only four Type 57SC Atlantics were produced and only two have survived to this day. Fashion guru Ralph Lauren owns one while the other was owned by late Bugatti collector Dr. Peter Williamson. The Williamson Bugatti, chassis #57374, was the first Atlantic off the production line and was originally owned by Lord Victor Rothschild. While it was drastically modified by its second owner, Dr. Williamson restored it to its original specifications after acquiring it for $59,000 in 1971. After Williamson’s passing, this most expensive classic cars was sold to an undisclosed buyer.