Friday , 20 October 2017

Made in America: The most expensive cars ever sold

12. 1966 AAR Gurney-Weslake Eagle MK1
Price: $3.74 million in 2013
This V12 powered race car is consider by many to be one of the most beautiful Formula 1 cars ever made (obviously, it can be debated). There were only 4 ever built and this one was the winner of seven world championship races.

11. 1967 Chevy Corvette L88
Price: $3.85 million in 2014
If you wanted a racetrack ready ‘Vette in ’67, this ultra-rare ‘Vette was the one you wanted. In total, only 20 were ever made. GM claimed that it only produced 430 horsepower but when Barrett-Jackson performed a dyno-test on the ’67 L88, she churned out 560 hp. No radio or heater in these babies…and it came in one color, red.

10. 1950 GM Futurliner “Parade of Progress” Bus
Price: $4.4 million in 2006
GM showed this stream lined bus at autoshows from 1940-1956. There were only 12 made and of those, this is 1 of 3 to be restored to its original configuration.

9. 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster
Price: $4.45 million in 2004
Hand-built and ready to race. Nicknamed “The Mormon Meteor” had a V12 that achieved a top speed of 153.97 mph. She was also a thing of beauty, winning at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for “Best in Show” in 2007.

8. 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe
Price: $4.51 million in 2013
If you have “Gatsby” money, try getting this rare Duesenberg. Three were ever made and this was the only one to come with a supercharged engine.

7. 1966 Batmobile 1
Price: ???
Only the original Batmobile could have this story of “going up in value”.


George Barris paid $1 for the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept. In 1966, the producer of the “Batman” series, Adam West, told Mr. Barris that if he could get the car back to its original Batmobile look then he’d pay him $15,000. Fast forward to 2013 when the Batmobile 1 was auctioned off for $4.62 million.

6. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake”
Price: $5.5 million in 2007
There were a total of 23 semi-competition (S.C.) version made in 1966. Of those, there were only two made by Cobra in the “Super Snake” mold. One was actually driven off a cliff and ended up in the Pacific Ocean…leaving just one true 1966 “Super Snake”.

5. 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype
Price: $7 million in 2014
Henry Ford II wanted to take on Ferrari, so he put Carroll Shelby to work on the GT40. The GT40 (GT/104) prototype is the forth model of Mr. Shelby’s team. Its distinguishing feature was a new light weight chassis.

3. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe
Price: $10.34 million in 2011
At the time of it’s sale, one of the top classic car auction companies, Gooding & Company called this “the most elegant American automobile”. Gooding & Co. knows cars, they’ve sold 3 of the top 10 most expensive cars in the world.

2. 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage
Price: $11 million in 2013
Leave it to Hollywood to send a car into the stratosphere of expensive and iconic cars. In the 1971 movie “Le Mans” the famous actor Steve McQueen drove the ’68 GT40 while sporting the “Gulf” decals.

This is the first of 3 made. In its debut, the GT40 Gulf/Mirage took the win at Belgium’s “Spa” endurance race.

1. 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000
Price: $13.75 in 2016
“CSX 2000”…this car was Carroll Shelby’s first Cobra.

“Sotheby’s” is an auction house that is considered to be one of the top, if not the top, seller of ultra expensive items. They compared 4 people to Mr. Shelby’s impact on the 20th century: the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.