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The Price of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
The Price of Finding These 10 Rare Cars

Every now and then, we see a car on the road or in a museum and think – if only I could take a ride in that! Besides being extremely beautiful, some of these cars are extremely expensive to own (if you find one for sale). Even if, by some chance, you come across one of the following cars for sale, you can expect that you will pay a pretty penny for it.

Even though our goal was to give you a list of ridiculously expensive cars, you will find that their uniqueness is something to take note of. Unless you are an avid car enthusiast, chances are you may not even know these cars exist. Never fear though, we have found the value of these cars, and we will share them with you (just in case you plan on buying one of them).

10. $2.6 Million: 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion

The Pagani Zonda Revolucion preceded the Huayra, another expensive car carrying a $2.5 million value. Production of the Zonda Revolucion debuted in 1999 and was manufactured until 2018, when the Zonda HP Barchetta was released. Only 135 Zonda vehicles have been built since 2009, including coupes and roadsters.

The 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion was a special, final version of the vehicle model released in 2013 to special clients and family members in an event called “Vanishing Point 2013.” The engine was developed by Mercedes-AMG and is a 6.0-liter V12 that produces 789 hp. The transmission placed within the model is an Xtrac 672 6-speed transversal and sequential gearbox (allowing gears to change in 20 milliseconds. There were only five 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion cars made.

9. $3+ Million: Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

“Stradale” is Italian for “road-going” and is paired with the Alfa Romeo name to indicate a street-legal version of a racing car – the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Alfa Romeo manufactured this Italian sports car between 1967 and 1969, with only 18 of them built. 

The engine used in the 33 Stradale is a 2.0-liter V8 that featured SPICA fuel injection. There were also four ignition coils and six spark plugs. The engine was specifically built for this car. Well before its time (1967), the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale topped out at 160 mph and could do 0-60 in 5.5 seconds.

When it launched, the price of this car was 10 million Italian lire (approximately $6,150). It is estimated that one of these Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale could go for no less than $3 million but possibly more because it is rarely seen at car auctions.

8. $3.24 Million: 1954 Oldsmobile F-88

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
1954 Oldsmobile F-88

The initial sketches of this “dream car” were originally drawn by Bill Lange, and the first Oldsmobile F-88 took to the market in 1954. The car itself was built on the Chevrolet Corvette chassis, using the same 102-inch wheelbase. The F-88 featured a 5.3-liter Super 88 V8 engine and four-barrel carburetor, giving it up to 250 hp and Corvette-derived rear axle.

In 2005, the F-88 was sold at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction to John and Maureen Hendricks. They paid the price tag of $3.24 million, and it now sits on display with a showroom devoted solely to it at the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum. The model is truly one-of-a-kind offering a sleek, golden body – very unusual in terms of Oldsmobile design.

7. $3.4 Million: W Motors Lykan HyperSport

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
W Motors Lykan HyperSport

The W Motors Lykan HyperSport is a Lebanese limited-production supercar. It was built by W Motors, a United Arab Emirates-based company. First built in 2012 with Lebanese, Italian, and French engineers, it takes the title of the “first sports car to be made indigenously in the Middle East.”

The fame for the Lykan HyperSport can be attributed to the film Furious 7, where one of these vehicles smashes through a skyscraper. It goes from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 240 mph. The Lykan HyperSport is one of the rarest supercars out there, with only seven manufactured.

Priced at $3.4 million, the HyperSport’s headlights featured embedded jewels: titanium LED blades and 420 15 ct diamonds. Buyers could choose rubies, yellow diamonds, and sapphires for integration, depending on color selection. 

6. $4.62 Million: 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

Used in many movies and owned by many collectors today, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is a classic and iconic car. While being one of the rarest cars in the world, the 300SL model is a grand tourer and considered the fastest production car of the day. The design can be compared to a toned-down Grand Prix, tailored to attract attention in a post-war America. After the debut in 1954 at the New York Auto Show, a total of 3,258 cars were built between 1954 and 1963.

The 300SL runs on a 3.0-liter overhead cam straight-six engine that delivers 215 to 240 hp depending on the variant. The tops speed (which was considered high for the day) is 160 mph and is considered the most technologically advanced vehicle to market in the 1950s. That is why avid car enthusiasts are willing to pay so much for these cars, even the $4.62 million paid for an aluminum alloy body style which is the more expensive of the two versions.

5. $8 Million: 2008 Maybach Exelero

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
2008 Maybach Exelero

Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH is a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler. It unveiled the Mayback Exelero in 2005, featuring a twin-turbo V12 engine producing 690 hp a top speed of 218. It could go from 0-62 in 4.4 seconds.

Jay-Z featured a Maybach Exelero in one of his videos, making it even higher of a profile car. A German television show used the car on a long-running television show Cobra 11. In 2011, it was another rapper, Birdman, who bought the car for $8 million, but with Motorvision, it was established that Mechatronik in Germany owned the car.

4. $9.7 Million: Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe

Before being labeled as a high-end, high-priced supercars manufacturer, Bugatti’s Type 41, also simply known as the Royale, was a luxury car produced by Buggati between 1927 and 1933. The car itself weighed 7,000 pounds, which is a lot for a vehicle (including a luxury one). This weight is closer to that of a full-sized truck. It also featured a 12.763-liter straight-eight engine.  Unofficially, the Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe is one of the largest luxury vehicles put on the market.

The original plan that Ettore Bugatti had was to build 25 of these vehicles, marketing them as the most luxurious car ever. They were manufactured during the Great Depression, so only three of the seven that were made sold. The chassis alone cost $30,000 to build, but one did sell at auction for $9.7 million.

3. $14 Million: 1970 Porsche 917

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
1970 Porsche 917

The Porsche 917 has had its day in the spotlight. Porsche’s sports car prototype was the first car to give the manufacturer its first wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1970 and 1971. It was also featured in the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans. That exact vehicle sold at auction (the one McQueen drove) brought, valuing $14 million, the most Porsche had made at auction.

Powered by a Type 912 flat-12 engine that offered 4.5-, 4.9-, or 5-liters, it could reach 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds. The top test-track speed ever recorded in the Porsche 917 was 240 mph.

2. $22.5 Million: 1956 Aston Martin DBR1

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
1956 Aston Martin DBR1

Aston Martin built the DBR1 as a race car and intended it to be used in the World Sportscar Championship. The most famous win came during the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, marking the only victory for Aston Martin at the endurance race. It is also one of three cars to win both the Le Mans and World Sportscar Championship in the same year – including Ferrari 375 Plus in 1954, Ferrari 250TR in 1958. The DBR1 also matched the Ferrari 250TR’s record with three consecutive wins in 1959, including Nurburgring, Le Mans, and Tourist Trophy.

Altogether the DBR1 won six World Sportscar Championships during the 1950s. Aston Martin used a racing version of the Lagonda straight-six engine, complying with the 24 Hours of Le Mans regulations. In August 2017, a DBR1 sold for $22.5 million, a world-record price for a British-made automobile. The price comes from the DBR1 being called the “most important Aston Martin made.” Only five of these were ever produced by the company.

1. $52 Million: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

The Price Of Finding These 10 Rare Cars
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Built specifically for racing, the Ferrari 250 GTO wraps up the list at number 1 – totaling a price tag of $52 million. Unofficially, reports have hinted that a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold at auction to a private owner in 2018 and cost a record-breaking $70 million. 

The car was originally built between 1962 and 1964 for the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category and is fitted with a Tipo V12 engine. A total of 39 250 GTOs were ever made – 33 Series 1 with the 1962-1963 bodywork and three Series II with the 1964 bodywork. When originally introduced to the US, the car only cost $18,000 (still a large amount during the early 1960s). Anyone who wanted to buy one had to have personal approval from Enzo Ferrari to do so.

The 250 GTO design is said to look like a Jaguar XKE, a car that Enzo Ferrari himself said was the most beautiful car in the world. It placed first on the list of “Greatest Ferraris of All Time,” and Popular Mechanics named it the “Hottest Car of All Time.”

Get Your Checkbooks Ready

For the most part, the vehicles that bring in these dollar signs are well preserved and not just found lying around in a junkyard. Cars of this magnitude are either privately owned or found in a museum where they can be properly admired.

Maybe it is your lifelong dream to own one of these beauties. If that is the case, you better be willing to pay for it. If you don’t have the funds readily available to purchase one of these cars, maybe you can just focus on a ticket to a car show for now to satisfy your inner car enthusiast!

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