Following news that a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO recently became the world’s most expensive car sold, just seeing those classic lines got my heart racing and my head spinning. I thought about the lucky ones who actually get to sit in these things and caress their bodies every now and then. I’ve got a four figure income, so I’m no slouch, but cars like the 250 GTO are out of almost everyone’s sight, let alone price range. What other makes sit among the rarest of the rare? Here’s a look at a few of the elite.
Aston Martin Bulldog (1980)
Seeing this one of a kind Aston Martin is a sight in and of itself. Seemingly designed to beckon in questionable ‘80s style, the Bulldog is a left hand drive concept that was given the name ‘DP K9’ in production after the robotic dog from Doctor Who. Perfect. And check out this more modern homage to the classic.
Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing Coupe/Roadster (1954- 63*)
This classic collector’s dream has been called the ‘Sports Car of the (last) Century,’ and it’s easy to see why, as the 300 SL has inspired countless designs & dreams since its inception- including the SLS AMG. On the always clean out your garage front, neglected 300 SL Gullwing models have been popping up in random garages recently; maybe they’re not that rare after all?
*As a production model
Bugatti (Type 41) Royale (1927- 33)
Only six of these Mr. Burns type land yachts were produced, and just three sold- all to people wearing manacles, no doubt. The Royale is huge; twenty-one feet long and 7,000 pounds, and it’s a good bet that you’ll never see one of these pulling up behind you in traffic.
Phantom Corsair (1938)
Another one and done model, the Corsair was designed to fit six passengers along with a beverage area in the back. That’s convenient, because this thing looks like a house. It’s strictly for show nowadays, but the Phantom’s almost frightening profile lives on in video game form: you can find and drive one in the game LA Noire.
Oldsmobile F-88 (1954)
Apparently three of these sports cars were built as concepts that would theoretically challenge the Corvette. Well, that never came about, and the last one around was sold for $3.2 million dollars, as a rumored starter car for a high school kid….Take a look at the F-88 here, courtesy of the Colorado Gateway Auto Museum.
Maybach Exelero (2005)
Designed in 2005, this 2-seat Coupe is capable of 218 MPH and 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, all while weighing almost 6,000 pounds. The Exelero was produced by a twenty-four year old student named Fredrik Burchhardt as a not so subtle nod to the Maybach 57. Apparently rapper Birdman has one (he paid $8 million), but there’s no word on whether Burchhardt got one as a winning prize.
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