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The World’s Most Expensive Cars

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By system on Friday, 21 June 2013

When you think of expensive cars, you tend to think of Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Porsche but some of the more classic and rare cars are selling for the really BIG dollars.

Sure a new Rolls will set you back $1 million dollars but if you look at the older, rarer cars that were produced by exclusive companies, some make that figure look very small.

Even going back as far as 1967 a one-off Shelby GT500 Super Snake generated a staggering $1.3 million dollars at auction. This car had a 427 cubic inch V8 engine from a Ford GT40 racing car making it is the fastest and meanest Mustang of its era, with a top speed of 170 miles per hour, confirmed by Carroll Shelby during a test run. However it had an $8,000 price tag in the 1960’s, which is why it was the only one created, simply too high to attract buyers. It was the first Mustang to ever boast the name Super Snake, and remains unique.

If you go back to 1936 the Mercedes-Benz 540K is desired all over the world, also known as the W24 series. The price of these both elegant and fast German vehicles has doubled the past six years and one example was sold for no less than $11.7 million in 2012. Introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show and designed by Friedrich Geiger, the 540K was powered by its 5.4-liter straight eight-cylinder power plant that took it up to 110 MPH. Only 419 units were built in Sindelfingen, Germany, a lot of them being initially sold as chassis to be bodied by independent coachbuilders. The model here is one of only 26 540K Special Roadsters produced and it was initially ordered in 1936 by the aristocratic Von Krieger family. Until 1989, it belonged to Baroness Gisela Josephine Von Krieger.

But read on; the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable Ferrari designs. Built for racing purposes, this amazing piece of machinery is an attention grabber. Produced in only 36 examples, the 250 GTO is very well documented and it’s unlikely that any of them could be auctioned for a figure that has less than seven digits. Built in 1963, a particular example fetched $19.4 million back in 2010 bought by British radio and TV personality Chris Evans. A 3.0-liter V12-engine producing 302 HP might not seem a lot to today’s standards, but this Prancing Horse can reach up to 170 MPH.

For the rarest examples of cars, mostly change hands privately and very infrequently so the true sale value is never known however, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was sold at auction in 2010 for a rumoured $30-40 million pricetag, the bidder remained private. Built in only four examples besides the Aerolithe prototype, the Bugatti Atlantic is one of the rarest vehicles in the world. With one going missing and another one wrecked in the 1950s, only two original Atlantics remained to this day. The “Pope” version now resides with Ralph Lauren, who decided to scrap the Sapphire Blue paintjob and turn the car black, while the “Rothschild” Atlantic changed a few owners before becoming the most expensive car ever auctioned. Known internally as chassis 57374, this was the first Atlantic built by Bugatti and delivered to London’s Lord Rothschild in 1936. Fitted with a supercharged three years later, the Atlantic had 210 HP coming out of its 3.3-liter inline eight-cylinder engine for a top speed of over 123 MPH. In 1971, the vehicle was acquired by Dr. Williamson for a record amount of… $59,000 now that is a good return.