Most any die-hard classic automobile fan can tell you all about a Ferrari, Benz and Rolls-Royce but were you aware that there are several other cars that aren’t on the hit-list of oldies to collect? Let’s take a closer look at some of these obscure models and get you all caught up on your classics.
1958 GM Firebird III
The Firebird III model was an intentionally altered form of its Firebird I and II self as far as rockets were concerned. They were flattened out which gave it a lower kind of feel and profile. It had two distinct bubble pods and numerous rear plane-like wings which were absolutely massive. The actual name had been revived in 1967 when GM launched their Pontiac Firebird.
1969 Marcos 3.0 GT
It turns out that the initial monocoque framework for the Marcos cars were actually manufactured from high-grade plywood. The Marcos founders Jem Marsh and Frank Costin had this come about after they were doing work on the World War II De Havilland Mosquito and it was also made of plywood. It’s needless to say that soon after this was replaced by steel material.
1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II
This Spoiler II model was strictly developed to pass the standard certification that was required for racing. It was a rare performance version that was to specifically race in NASCAR. These racing models had a Ford FE 427 engine and were only created in the early weeks of the production year. (more…)
If you have some cash that’s burning a hole in your pocket and is just waiting for you to spend it on a classic car, then you have come to the right place. Feel free to check out (in no particular order) our short list of some of the priciest classic cars around and who knows, maybe you’ll find one at an auction some day.
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – The number of these cars that were developed is approximately 22 and the price of one you can find at an auction can go for as much as $12.1 million – making it the most expensive car on our list of classics.
For those getting this classic vehicle confused for the 1980s Testarossa version (as seen driven by Don Johnson in Miami Vice) then they should know that there was another previous car known as a “red head” that came as a result of the red valve covers that were on the engine. This version was much more exotic as well as being of course, extraordinary. The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa was also known to have been a GT racing car that was used in the 24 Hours of Le Mans speed contest and various others. (more…)
If you are a car lover and have just recently decided to take an interest in classic cars, then we invite you to stick around and learn a bit more about them. We’ll be taking a look at what classic cars are, which ones are the most valuable, some history of these automobiles and more.
If you have ever wondered what constitutes a car as “classic” then that will depend on the country you are in. According to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), a vehicle must first be between 30 to 49 years old or manufactured in 1925 through 1948. A classic car can be either American or foreign made, must have engine displacement, some luxury accessories and customized coachwork. Many classic cars have such add-ons as automatic lube systems, power clutches, power brakes and more.
It is a possibility for vehicles not yet on the CCCA’s list to join it eventually but a member must petition for a vehicle to do so first. Every application is very methodically examined and as expected, there are not many that will succeed in being accepted.
Some of our Favorite Expensive Classics:
1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa – This automobile is one of the most expensive classic vehicles you can find today. In 2009 one was up for auction and sold for a cool $12.1 million to the highest bidder. Only 22 of them were produced.
1961 Ferrari 250 GTA SWB California Spyder – The second most expensive classic on our list sold at an auction in 2008 for $10.9 million and there were a total of 50 California Spyders developed.
1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner – A 1987 auction saw to it that this luxury-laden classic sold for $9.8 million and there were surprisingly only 6 of them ever manufactured.
1962 Ferrari 330 TR/LM
– This dream car was incredibly unique as it was the only one of its kind that was made. It sold at Sotheby’s auction for $9.3 million.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – The last automobile on our most expensive classic car list was sold for $8.2 million at an auction and there were 26 of them created by the manufacturer. (more…)