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World’s Top Six Rarest Cars

Posted on: October 18, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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A truly rare car is not only defined by the quantity (number) of cars made, nor its highflying price tag, but by the story of its creation and life.

Here are six of the rarest cars in the world to be made available for public purchase.

1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe
Source: www.vintagecartalk.com/archives/the-most-expensive-car-ever-made-1931-bugatti-royale-kellner-coupe

During the beginnings of the WWI, Ettire Bugatti was expecting to be contracted by the French Military to make a series of engines. He built several 16-cylinder aircraft engines but unfortunately the contract never eventuated, leaving Bugatti with some serious hardware. Bugatti came up with the idea of creating a luxury car built around the engines and the Royale was born. The cars were designed for Royalty but were eventually sold to private bidders, except for two, which stayed in the Bugatti family.

The beautifully designed 12.7 litre engine, nestled within its stretching 4.2 metre coupe, remains one of the largest engines ever to be fitted to a car. In 1987 one of the six cars was sold during a Christie’s auction at the Royal Albert Hall in London, for an incredible $US9.7 million.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder

Ferrari 250 GT Spyder
Source: http://www.bozhdynsky.com/cars/ferrari-250-gt-lwb-california-spyder/

Ferrari’s 1961 Spyder 250 GT is considered to be one of the most sought-after rare cars ever made. Colloquially dubbed the “Cal Spyder”, it was the vehicle to own if you were a star residing in Hollywood during the 1960s. In fact, actor James Coburn would glide around the Hollywood hills in one all of his own. It was also the featured car owned by Cameron’s dad in the 80’s cult classic “Ferris Buller’s Day Off”.

The Spyder’s production life spanned six years between 1957 and 1963 but only 50 were ever made. It features Scaglietti’s aluminum body with a V12 engine producing 280 brake horsepower. On 18th May, 2008, one of the 36 surviving cars went to auction and sold for a world record price of €6.4 million.

1979 Aston Martin Bulldog

Aston Martin Bulldog
Source: http://www.theginpalace.com/?p=3563

The 1980s would not be what they are today without the Aston Martin Bulldog. This classic representation was styled by Williams Towns and was originally created as a test bed. Twenty-five Bulldogs were intended to be made, but 24 never went into production, so the car remains exclusive.

The streamlined design reaches a mere 1.1 meters (43 inches) off the ground and the car has an impressive angular design with notable ‘gullwing doors’. The car’s construction cost was estimated at about £130,000.00.

Mercedes CLK-GTR

Mercedes CLK-GTR
Source: http://www.carsuk.net/mercedes-clk-gtr-rhd-for-sale-at-auction/

Mercedes-Benz asked Mercedes-AMG to create an extreme racing car that resembled your normal streetcar and the CLK-GTR was born. When put to the test on the track, the CLK-GTR won 17 of the 22 races it competed in and the design was finally converted to road cars between 1998 and 1999.

It features a V12 engine with a 6-speed sequential manual transmission along with a unique engine cover. In April one of the 35 models went up for sale on eBay for a ‘buy now’ price of $US2 million. Not bad for a slice of history.

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T

Dodge Coronet RT
Source: http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2011/09/01/hmn_buyers_guide1.html

This list would be incomplete without a muscle car and the Coronet takes the cake. Only two of these models were ever made. The Dodge Coronet 1970 houses one of the most famous engines ever built, the 426 Hemi. This alone sends the Cornet to the top of the engineering charts. This rare beast can be picked up for around $US300,000.

1950 Oldsmobile

Source: http://www.seriouswheels.com/1950-1959/1950-Oldsmobile-Red-Lake-Pipe-FA.html

The Oldsmobile is a stunning representation of the ‘the Golden Age’ of 1950s automobiles and has the paint job to match. Also known as the “Dream Car”, this experimental sports car was created between 1952 and 1953 but was never properly put into production.

It features a Rocket 88 V8 Engine with a 4 speed automatic, hydramatic transmission and power windows. In January 2005, one of the models went to auction in Scottsdale, Arizona fetching $US324,000.00.

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