The Rarest Cars of All Time
The automotive industry relies heavily on mass-production technology. Thousands of cars of the same make and model are manufactured on the assembly line in automotive factories. These cars are exported across the globe, with little to no change in specifications. However, some cars are manufactured in small numbers exclusively for those who love to collect rare vehicles. Even fewer of such exclusive cars manage to survive after decades, making them even more valuable with each passing year.
Today, we will take a look at some of the rarest cars in the world of all time.
9 Rarest Sports Cars in the World
Following is a list of some of the world’s rarest cars ever made and sold.
1. 1927 – 1933 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe
Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe is a top contender among the rarest cars in the world. Between 1927 and 1933, Ettore Bugatti decided on producing 25 Type 41 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe vehicles. He planned on selling them to the European Royals.
However, just 7 of these stylish vehicles with a length of 21 feet and a massive 12.7L double straight engine were produced. The type 41 Bugatti Royale is counted among the largest coupes in the world. To make the assessment easy let’s compare the car with a Rolls Royce. A modern Rolls-Royce Phantom is 20% shorter than the Bugatti Type 41 and 25% lighter.
Unfortunately, European Royals did not buy these stylish and luxurious vehicles at that time because of the Great Depression. Nevertheless, one of the type 41 Bugatti Royale vehicles was sold in 1987 for a whopping $9.7 million (AED 35,627,324). If you are in search of a Bugatti car for yourself, take a look at these used Bugatti cars for sale in the UAE.
2. 1951-1953 Jaguar XK120-C
When car enthusiasts think of the rarest sports cars in the world, the Jaguar XK120-C is hard to miss. This rare Jaguar car was a huge success at the race tracks. Race victories associated with these rare sports cars, also known as the C-Type (where C stands for competition) include the 1951 Le Mans 24 and 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours Race.
Fast forward to the present, Jaguar XK120-C vehicles are owned privately. The car was sold in an auction held in California for $13.2 million (AED 48,482,544).
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3. 1954 Oldsmobile F-88
The Oldsmobile F-88 is another rare gem in the automotive world. Oldsmobile introduced the F-88, a futuristic two-seater concept car, at a time when cars were very new. This car was a Harley Earl project in the 1950s. He worked with his forefathers to create this daring, futuristic and athletic Oldsmobile F88 model.
A true classic American muscle, the F-88 was a concept car, envisioned as a luxury convertible with bodywork made out of fiberglass. This rarest car in the world used a 5.4L V8 engine churning a horsepower of 250 – which was outstanding for the era. The car also had many features considered new 60 years back including a spare tyre behind the rear bumper and radio between the driver and passenger seats.
Unfortunately, due to poor sales, the car that inspired GM concepts in the future was cancelled at its conceptual phase. That said, four of these cars were produced before being canceled. Of them, just one survived.
In 2005, the only surviving Oldsmobile F88 car was auctioned for $3.3 million (AED 12,120,636) at the Barrett- Jackson Auction.
4. 1956 Aston Martin DBR 1
The Aston Martin DBR1 is another popular feature in the rarest cars in the world collection. The car won its first 24 Hours of Le Mans 6 decades back, and it is still reflected as the pinnacle for Aston Martin performance cars.
The DBR1 was a rare classic car masterpiece, put together by a limited team of focused engineers. This car outperformed all other cars of that era.
Today, just five models have survived of which one was sold in 2017 at a Monterey auction by RM Sotheby’s for a whopping $22.5 million (AED 82,640,700). If you want to buy the latest models, explore these used Aston Martin cars for sale in the UAE.
5. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
There are a couple of unique and rare Ferrari cars. However, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa from 1957, also known as 250 TR, tops the list. Only 34 of these racing cars were produced during the 1950s and 60s. They were designed to offer more command to car racers with powerful engines such as the 500 TRC.
The 250 TR won 10 World Sportscar Championships including three 24 Hours of Le Mans (1958, 1960, 1961), among others.
In 2014, the car sold for a staggering $39.8 million (AED 146,182,216) making the Testa Rossa the second most valuable Ferrari of all time.
6. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider
Another rare Ferrari car is the 250 GT California SWB spider. Used in blockbuster movies of the 80s including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, the Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider was made between 1953 and 1964.
This was Ferrari’s classic two-seater Grand Prix car. When the car was released in the early sixties, it was a real head-turner. Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider was styled by Scaglietti and Pininfarina, two big names in the Italian coachbuilding of that era. That said, style and good looks were not all the car offered. The Ferrari was powered by a 3.0 V12 engine. Only 16 models were made.
In 2016, one of the Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider models sold for $18 million (AED 66,112,560) at an auction.
7. 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO
Another rare car in the world is the Ferrari 250 GTO. This rare sports car was designed by the famous Enzo Ferrari. The Ferrari 250 GTO race car was produced between 1962 and 1964. The car was powered by a Tipo V12 engine. 33 Ferrari 250 GTO car models belonged to the 1962-63 bodywork (Series I), three belonged to the 1964 bodywork (Series II), which was similar to the Ferrari 250 LM, and three models called “330 GTO” were limited editions with larger engines.
In June 2018, the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO earned a place as the most expensive Ferrari car in history, setting an all-time record selling price of $70 million (AED 257,110,000).
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8. 1970 Porsche 917
The famous Porsche 917 is world-known for a number of reasons. The first one being, the 917 garnered Porsche its first win in the Le Mans 24 Hours races in 1970 and 1971. Then, it was featured in Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans movie.
Porsche 917 was powdered by a type 912 flat-12 engine of 4.9 litre, with a top speed of 240mph and a 0-62 mph acceleration reach in just 2.3 seconds.
The famous racing car was sold at an auction in 2017 for $ 14 million (AED 51,422,000).
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9. 2008 Maybach Exelero
Maybach Exelero was a supercar that earned fame because of a German show “Cobra 11” and a Jay-Z rap video called “Last One”. A subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler, the Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH, produced the high-performance car in 2005.
The car has a twin-turbo V12 engine that churns out 690 horsepower. Furthermore, the supercar has a top speed of 18 mph and has a 0-62 mph acceleration reach in just 4.4 seconds. The car was purchased by an American rapper star, Birdman, in 2008 for $8 million (AED 29,384,000).
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Those were some of the rarest cars in the world. Besides, if you are looking for regular cars offered by auto manufacturers who also happen to produce rare cars, take a look at these used cars for sale in the UAE.
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