6 most expensive antique cars in the world
In ascending order of price. Machine, immured in the wall of the house, the Bugatti Baron Rothschild and other champions of car auctions.
Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, 1937, $ 8, 252 million
The top of the pre-war German automotive industry, the flagship model of Mercedes-Benz, developed an outstanding engineer Hans Gustav Rohr and are available only on special order. A total of 26 cars were produced, they were buyers of such different people as Hitler's ministers Goering and Goebbels, and a Hollywood moviemaker Jack Warner. Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, equipped with a 5, a 4-liter eight-cylinder engine with a turbocharger, was the fastest production car of its time - he developed a speed of 180 km / h. Until 2007 the car was owned by the boss, "Formula 1" Bernie Ecclestone and was put them up for auction, among other vehicles owned by him. The name of the new owner is not disclosed.
Auction RM Auctions, in October 2007
Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe in 1931, $ 9, 7 million
One of the six most luxurious Bugatti Royale series of cars built in the 1930s. Vehicle length of 6 m and a weight 4 3 1 t giant equipped aircraft 12, 7-liter eight-cylinder engine capacity of 300 liters. from. In this giant has been able to develop a very solid for its time, the speed of 160 km / h. At the time, a buyer for it and was not found, and during World War II, the Bugatti family car immured in the wall of a private house, not to be found and confiscated by the Nazis. In 1950, it bought the famous American racer Briggs Cunningham - for the equivalent of $ 3,000. Until 1986, the car was in his own car museum. After the museum closes for financial reasons Cunningham put the car up for auction Christie's, where it was sold for $ 9, 8 million. The buyer, a Swedish "king of real estate," Hans Thulin, literally bankrupt three years after purchase. In 1990, he sold the car, reportedly for $ 15, 7 million, the Japanese conglomerate Meitec Corporation, which owned it over the next ten years. It is known that in 2001 the car for £ 10 million put up for private auction auction Bonhams & Brooks, but who is now owned by Kellner Coupe, is unknown. Auction Christie's, November 1987
the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, 1961, $ 10, 89 million
The same RM Auctions, the same place - Maranello, the top lot of trades, of course, Ferrari, but this time the 250 GT California Spyder. Only about 50 of these short wheelbase cars were produced (SWB) and the same - with the long wheelbase (LWB). Cars equipped with the long wheelbase derated, "civil" engine capacity of 250 liters. sec., while the specimens with a short base set racing engine capacity of 277 liters. p., that allow speeds up to 240 km / h. Put up for sale in May 2008 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder once belonged to American actor James Coburn, star of "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Great Escape". Almost $ 11 million of it has not regretted the British radio and television presenter Chris Evans.
Auction: RM Auctions, in May 2008
the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1957, $ 12 million
One of the legendary racing cars Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa - only 22 of these cars were produced in 1957-1958, equipped with three-liter V12 engine capacity of 300 liters. from. and capable of speeds up to 270 km / h. This machine was the top lot of the auction RM Auctions auction held in May 2009 in the small Italian town of Maranello - sacred for any fan of Ferrari site, which houses the headquarters of the Italian company. Trading results even exceeded the expectations of the organizers of the auction: Testa Rossa was sold for $ 12, 2 million, a record amount at the time in the history of the automobile trading auction RM Auctions. Seller the names and the car buyer were not disclosed. We only know that the copies sold has participated in various international competitions and many times finished first. Auction: RM Auctions, in May 2009
the Ferrari 250 GTO 1963, $ 17, 7 million
One of the 36 sports cars Ferrari 250 GTO, issued in 1962-1963. Rear-wheel drive vehicle is equipped with a three-liter V12 engine capacity of 290 liters. from. and is capable of speeds of 280 km / h. This copy was purchased in May 2010 in the Canadian auction RM Auctions famous British radio and television presenter Chris Evans, the owner of an impressive collection of rare cars of this Italian company - it has, for example, there are six white and two black Ferrari. They say that this is not the most expensive Ferrari 250 the GTO, and in 2008 another car in this series was sold to an anonymous buyer for $ 28 million. But since it was a private sale, the deal was never officially confirmed.
Auction: RM Auctions, in May 2010
Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic in 1936, $ 38 million
The legendary French company the Bugatti, the standard of luxury in the global automotive industry 20-30-ies of the last century, was founded by Italian Ettore Bugatti - so the right to consider the cars of this brand "their" dispute between two countries. Bugatti Type 57SC cars with an engine of 210 liters. sec., a maximum speed of 200 km / h, avant-garde design by Ettore's son, Jean Bugatti, were manufactured in the workshops of the French company Bugatti in the 30-ies of the last century. There were made three cars Series Type 57SC Atlantic, in the original equipment to the present day survived two of them. Sky-blue Bugatti pictured was produced in 1936 by order of the Third Baron Rothschild, Victor. The penultimate owner, a well-known car collector Peter Williamson, purchased the car in 1971 for $ 59 000. In May 2010, at auction Gooding and Company, he was sold for $ 38 million - is the largest in the history of the amount paid for the car. The buyer, an American businessman and collector Peter Mullin French car, put it on public display at the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. The second preserved Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, black in color, is in the collection of the famous American fashion designer and a fanatical collector of Bugatti Ralph Lauren car. Auction: Gooding and Company, May 2010