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World’s Most Expensive Resurrected Cars

Posted on: June 5, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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There is something about the resurrected pre-World War 2 era car that just captivates the average rev head. Perhaps it’s the car’s expertly crafted engines, its unique handmade finishes, its historical significance or just the car’s timeless look and appeal. Whatever it is, one thing is for certain, they just don’t make cars like them anymore.

The term ‘priceless’ is not often bandied around in the auto community, however, there are some resurrected cars that are so rare and so iconic that only an elite calibre of car collectors can afford them. Indeed, these enthusiasts will easily drop seven or eight figures on a classic automobile, much to the dismay of us regular people seeking car finance approval for an ordinary Hyundai i30.

Let’s take a look at the five most expensive resurrected vehicles sold at auction in recent times and why they might demand the prices they have.

1. 1904 Rolls Royce 10HP

Price: $7.3 million
Specs and Production: 17 vehicles produced. 10 horsepower. 1.8 litre twin cylinder engine. The chassis (20154) was updated in the ‘30s and restored to original condition in the ‘50s.

1904 Rolls Royce 10HP

It is the oldest known Rolls Royce, a brand that instantly brings to mind thoughts of opulence and class in the realm of classic vehicles. With just 10 horsepower, you are hardly going to be dragging a Lamborghini at the lights, but this iconic, turn of the century, resurrected car would have been the Ferrari of its day when compared to the one-horse-power equine.

2. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK

Price: $7.4 million
Specs and Production: Only 30-35 made. 1.7 litre engine.

1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK Roadster 7.1L

A smaller model of racer when compared to the long performance cars of its day, the 250 SSK was imagined by famous car maker, Ferdinand Porsche, and thought to be his final design before beginning his own car company – Porsche. The model that sold for $7.4 million was never fully restored, meaning that it remarkably retained almost all of its original parts.

3. 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner

Price: $9.8 million
Specs and Production: Only 6 were ever made. 12.7 litre engine with a wheelbase more than 4.6 metres.


When it comes to extreme sportscar pedigree, the name Bugatti carries more weight than most and this resurrected 1931 motorcar is as blue-blooded as they come. As if ripped from a Steampunk film this immense coupe was designed by Ettore Bugatti and featured a ridiculously huge 12.7 litre engine – one of the largest engines to have ever been put into an automobile. This particular Bugatti was hidden behind a false wall during World War 2 and sold for nearly $10 million in 1987.

4. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy-Bodied Coupe

Price: $10.34 million
Specs and Production: 6.9 litre straight eight twin cam/ Lycoming engine, twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder.


This car was constructed to specifications laid down by eccentric millionaire, George Whittell Jr. and featured a brushed aluminium top, black paint and port and starboard navigation lights. The Model J has long been regarded as an outstanding example of design and engineering and with Whittell’s additional specifications this model in particular is a rare and desirable vehicle in the world of car collectors. Among owners of the Model J’s were Clark Gable and James Cagney.

5. Von Krieger 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster

Price: $11.7 million
Specs and Production: Gas Powered 8-Cylinder Engine. Updated suspension and braking systems.


Our most expensive car on the list, this exclusive vehicle was regarded as a remarkable piece of engineering and sold for a world record $11,770,000. It was originally owned by an Englishman who had to hide it away during the war with Germany. It has passed through many owners the last being Bernie Ecclestone, Formula 1 chief.

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