Hot Wheels: The 10 Most Expensive Cars of All Time
#4: 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe
This was the first Bugatti car produced by Jean Bugatti– son of the founder Ettore Bugatti. Jean realized that the company needed to simplify production, as their stock value had plummeted during the Great Depression, and they were finding that they only had the means to produce one type of vehicle.
Jean’s brilliant idea spawned the Atalante Coupe, which was produced between 1934 and 1939. Only 17 cars of Jean’s line were produced in this specific style, which makes it a rare find for a collector. It was sold at auction for $9.7 million.
#5: 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’
This car is special not only because of its amazing specs, but also because of the number of competitions it has won. This car was one of three that Ferrari entered in the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans competition in order to compete with other luxury manufacturers that seemed to be getting an edge in the market.
All three cars had brand new Pininfarina bodies. This car was one of the first that Enzo Ferrari introduced in North America, at the legendary Carrera Panamericana competition. It has gone through many different owners, but the last time it was sold, it commanded a price of almost $10 million. It is the only Ferrari known to have been driven by three different champion drivers- Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina, and Mike Hawthorn.
#6: 1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy-Bodied Coupe
To most people, this car looks like something out of Downton Abbey, but to connoisseurs, this 1931 Duesenberg is an extremely valuable and important collector’s item. It was one of the first passenger cars made by the company, and was commissioned by a wealthy San Francisco man named George Whittell Jr.
The company only built these cars for 6 years before collapsing. Less than 500 were made, and those that were built were quickly snatched up by kings, queens, and film stars. This particular car sold for over $10 million at auction in 2011.