Hot Wheels: The 10 Most Expensive Cars of All Time
For most of us, buying a car is a huge decision that requires tons of research and has the potential to make a big impact on your life. However, for the world’s elite, buying a nice car is just something to do whenever they feel like it.
After a while, being able to buy any car you want just isn’t exciting anymore. That’s where these cars come in. Most of these cars on the list below were bought at auction, which is an extremely expensive way to buy a car, because of all the different fees that are added to the final price (like the seller’s premium, and the broker’s fees).
However, none of these cars would have been available on the open market, because they’re just so ridiculously expensive. Check out some of the cars below, which all came with special features that will blow your mind.
#1: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone
One of the most popular cars from the 1970s, the Lamborghini Miura was the car to own if you wanted to convey an attitude of effortless style and luxury. There were many Miura drivers among the rich and famous of the 70s and early 80s, including Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, and the Shah of Iran.
This particular car was built in 1971 in Italy, and although it already has 21,000 miles on the odometer, it has been meticulously restored by Lamborghini experts. The restoration work was so excellent that it even won Best in Show at the 2007 Concorso Italiano. It recently sold to its newest owner for almost $3 million.
#2: 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe
Made by Ettore Bugatti, this car was one of only six ever made. Bugatti’s dream was to build cars worthy of royalty, and he didn’t cut any corners- each of the six cars is a regal piece of machinery. However, he didn’t take into account that even royalty didn’t have money to blow during the Great Depression, and so his efforts to market the cars to Europe’s royalty failed.
This car was his own personal model, and he cared about it so much that he bricked it up behind a wall to prevent the Nazis from seizing it during the war. It sold at auction in 1987 in London for almost $8 million.
#3: 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe
With a selling price of $8.3 million in 2009, the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe is the most expensive American-made car ever sold. This car was one of only six ever made by Carroll Shelby, who wanted to create an American car that could compete against a Ferrari.
His idea was to experiment with the shape of the coupe body, but use a powerful Cobra chassis underneath. Clearly, his research paid off- in 1965, legendary American driver Bob Bondurant drove this car to victory at the World Manufacturer’s Championship.