9 most expensive vintage cars

July 12 at Bonhams auction for £ 19, 6 million was sold to racing car Mercedes-Benz W196, which has become the most expensive car in the world, sold at auction. Wealthy buyers are willing to pay for the history of vintage cars, as well as for the opportunity to write your name on the list of their respective owners. Here is a list of the most expensive cars sold at auctions.

1. Mercedes-Benz W196 1954

Price: £ 19, 6 million
Year sale: 2013
Auction: Bonhams

Sold at auction July 12, racing Mercedes-Benz W196 1954 set several records. The car has become the most expensive car ever auction Bonhams, the most expensive fireballs "Formula 1", who went under the hammer, and the most expensive "Mercedes" in the world. Unique Machine was released in 1954. It is at this bolide Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio won the Swiss Grand Prix, thereby prematurely securing a second title of his career. For its time, Mercedes-Benz W196 was equipped with the latest technology: it was built on the alloy chassis, had an innovative braking system and is equipped with 2, 5-liter engine with direct fuel injection. The last 30 years of Mercedes-Benz W196 stood in the garage. And besides, it was not specifically the restoration to keep the original scratches and dents, resulting in the race.

2. Ferrari 250 Testa Rosso 1957

Price: $ 16, 4 million
Year sale: 2011
Auction: Gooding & Company

This is the first car of the family Testa Rosso, which later was used as a prototype to develop other models. The car has a 12-cylinder engine (engine number 0666 TR) of 3 liters and 300 liters. a.

It is the most expensive sold at auction of the Ferrari 250, the other cars of this model are not included in this ranking

3. Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione 1953

Price: € 9, 86 million
Year sale: 2013
Auction: RM Auctions

In May 2013 at the auction house RM Auctions has sold a rare sports car Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione, took part in the race "24 Hours of Le Mans." Total produced three copies of this model, while at the wheel of a bygone auctioned Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione were champions of "Formula 1" Mike Hawthorn, Giuseppe Farina and Alberto Ascari. Vintage cars hit the US in 1954 and then twice, in 1974 and 1993, he was subjected to restoration. The new owner of the car was the anonymous buyer, but we know that he took a sports car in the UK. Sold almost € 10 million vehicle is equipped with 4, 5-liter engine producing 340 hp. s., and the development of its design engaged the famous Italian studio Pininfarina.

4. Mercedes-Benz 540K Von Krieger Special Roadster 1936

Price: $ 11, 8 million
Year sale: 2012
Auction: Gooding & Company

Royal car price royal left in August 2012 under the hammer at auction Gooding & Company. It is a model of Mercedes-Benz 540K Von Krieger Special Roadster, originally built for the royal family of Prussia in 1936. After 6 years, the car has been transported Gisela von Krieger in Switzerland, and then across the ocean to America. More than 40 years of vintage Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster stood in the garage until he changed hands and was not restored to its original condition. Body roadster painted black and decorated with chrome and interior of the car is made of brown leather shade Cognac.

5. Ford GT40 Gulf / Mirage Lightweight Racing Car 1968

Price: $ 11 million
Year sale: 2012
Auction: RM Auctions

This Ford became the most expensive American car ever to go under the hammer. Ford GT40 Gulf / Mirage was the first race car built for a racing team JWA / Golf, after which he was involved during the year in the races. In 1970, an American collector bought the car, David Brown, who passed a car to rent studio Solar Production, use it in the film Steve McQueen's "Le Mans." To work in the frame and placing the camera at the Ford GT40 Gulf / Mirage had to cut off the roof, which is reflected in its aerodynamic characteristics and rigidity. The car took part in the filming for five months, after which it was rebuilt factory appearance. Over the years, vintage cars changed hands several times and participated in the historic rally.

6. Duesenberg Model J Whittell Coupe 1931

Price: $ 10, 3 million
Year sale: 2011
Auction: Gooding & Company

In the opening of this year Cannes Film Festival, and then hit the screens the film "The Great Gatsby" the main character played by Leonardo di Caprio went on a bright yellow car brand Duesenberg, famous for its luxury cars. Their owners were Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Al Capone, Howard Hughes, William Hearst and even members of the royal families of Europe. Duesenberg advertising claimed that it was "the best car in the world." Iconic American brand became a model Duesenberg Model J, first presented to the public at the New York Auto Show in 1928. Millionaire George Jr. Vittellu NEW liked so much that he immediately ordered six cars. One of them in 2011 was sold at auction Gooding & Company for $ 10, 3 million. By the way, in 1931 Vittell bought a car for $ 17 000.

7. Ferrari 330 P4 1967

Price: € 7, 25 million
Year sale: 2009
Auction: RM Auctions

In the middle of the two thousandth auction house RM Auctions Ferrari offered to auction racing cars and prototypes, gathering dust in the company's factory in Maranello. Italian carmaker agreed, and the auction was such a success that it was decided to conduct a regular basis. In May 2009 with a hammer left Ferrari 330 P4, called Leggenda e passione. In all there were three such machines, the one that went under the hammer, the assurances of the organizers of the auction won in 1967 in the race for 1000 km at Monza and in the 24-hour race at Daytona is running Lorenzo Bandini. And besides the car he participated in the legendary "24 Hours of Le Mans." Over the past few decades, Ferrari 330 P4 is rarely seen in public, limiting the participation of only a few races of retro.

8. 1931 Bugatti La Royale Type 41

Price: $ 9, 7 million
Year sale: 1987
Auction: Christie's

Bugatti Type 41 is considered one of the most luxurious ever created cars. In the 20s of the last century, the model is called the pinnacle of technical thought, and for its outstanding quality of the machine was named Royale. The first sample Bugatti Type 41 appeared in 1926. Total Ettore Bugatti is expected to build 25 such machines for the richest men of his time, but the Great Depression has confused his plans. As a result, between 1929 and 1933 it was created six cars Bugatti Type 41 Royale, each of which had its own name and different from other body type. Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner was the property of the Bugatti family. During World War II, the machine did not get to the Nazis, it was immured in the wall of the family estate. Prior to 1950, it remained in the family car Bugatti, and then was sold to the American millionaire racer Briggs Cunningham. In his possession was a car more than 30 years, and then moved to Mils, Tyrol Collier, who put Bugatti auctioned in 1987. The car was sold to an anonymous buyer for a record at that time, $ 9, 7 million.

9. Ferrari 330 TRI / LM Testa Rossa Spyder 1962

Price: € 6, 88 million
Year sale: 2007
Auction: RM Auctions

Specially made for participation in the 24-hour race "Le Mans" car Ferrari 330 TRI / LM Testa Rossa Spyder was sold in 2009 at an auction RM Auctions almost € 7 million. The car became the winner of the famous French one-day arrival in 1962, and manage the ever famous racer Phil Hill and Olivier Zhendebenu. The owner of the vintage cars was the anonymous buyer who made a deal over the phone. Acquisition of a car with a powerful 4-liter engine capacity of 390 liters. from. It is in good condition. It is worth noting that this Ferrari 330 TRI / LM Testa Rossa Spyder became the most expensive lot of the auction.


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