What are some of the ridiculously priced vehicles that people actually bought?
- 1995 McLaren F1
- 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
- 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider
- 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
You may notice some cars being sold at auctions or buy and sell cars in the Philippines over decades old, yet they are being sold for more than 6-digits. There have been many instances where cars from the 50s, 60s, or even the 90s, that are being sold for ludicrous prices. Here are some of the world’s most expensive cars sold at auctions.
1995 McLaren F1
It’s one of the classic cars that brought Formula 1 technology to the streets. At the time, it was considered the best automotive machine. No other car of its era came close to the glory of its performance.
At the heart of the F1 sits a naturally aspirated 6.1 liter 12 cylinder BMW engine that produced a whopping 627 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque. It broke dozens of automotive records in the 90s. It has a 0-100 kilometer per hour time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 386 kilometers per hour. Until today, the McLaren F1 is the world’s fastest naturally aspirated car.
When the car rolled off the factory during its debut, it was sold for $815,000. How much would someone shell out for one of the best super cars of the 90s? At an auction in London, United Kingdom, someone bought a McLaren F1 for P808,002,000 or $15.6 Million. Now that says something about its collector’s status.
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
One of the most iconic cars in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is a legend in the racing scene. It was known for dominating the endurance racing scene and clinching titles at the World Sports Car Championship. The 250 Testa Rossa comes in many variants there were introduced down the line, but there’s nothing like the original version.
This was Ferrari’s response to the rule changes of the World Sports Car Championship of 1958. Due to the upcoming season’s three liter engine displacement limit, Ferrari made use of a Colombo-designed 3.0 liter V12 which was used in the 250 GT series. Along with the new engine package, the 250 Testa Rossa had Giotto Bizzarrini develop the aerodynamics and Carlo Chiti who was the chief of design.
With 1958, 1960, and 1961, 24 Hour of Le Mans championships, 1958, 1959, and 1961 12 Hours of Sebring, and 1958, 1960, and 1961 World Sports Car Championships under its belt; this racing car was sold at an auction in 2011 for P848,454,000 or $16.4 million. Seems proper for a legendary car driven by the finest racing legends.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider
Built as a sports car, luxury car, and racing car, the Alfa Romeo 8C of the late 30s was one of Italy’s most beautiful and top performing vehicles of the time. This is a car on our list that has been through World War II and the Cold War. It’s amazing to know that a vehicle of such pedigree and history still exists and is being sold at auctions and buy and sell car shops.
The 8C 2900B Lungo Spider comes with a 2.9 displacement 8-cylinder twin-supercharged engine producing 180 horsepower which reached speeds of 230 kilometers per hour. Despite its huge appearance, the 8C 2900B only weighs 1,250 kilograms. It was a car that competed in Le Mans and were driven by legendary drivers such as Giuseppe Farina and Francesco Severi.
A true classic, there are only seven of these vehicles in the world; making it extremely rare. With some serious heritage under its name and some of the best mechanical technologies of the time, a collector bought his own at an auction in 2016 for P1.024 billion or $19.8 million.
1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
If a vehicle has some link with Hollywood, celebrities, or an iconic driver, you can expect nothing less than a heavy price tag. The Pontiac Firebird starred in multiple films and became an instant hit to the people. Most notable firms that featured this car was Knight Rider and Smokey and the Bandit.
The 1977 Firebird Trans Am has received a major face lift compared to the previous model and came with a 6.6 liter V8 engine that produced 200 horsepower. It seems underwhelming for such a monstrous engine, but it’s more of style over performance. Film fans with the money for a classic Firebird would definitely get one if their budget would permit.
These cars are one of the vehicles in our list that can be more regularly seen at auctions and buy and sell car shops in the Philippines. How much are these cars typically sold for? P28,457,000 or $550,000. For a car with celebrity status, guess the price is just right.
Buy and sell car shops and auction houses all over the world are known to sell a variety of classic cars. Many of which offer a collection of vintage racing cars. Those who have the money to spend for them and grew up dreaming of driving the world’s fastest machines, you would typically turn to auction houses. These cars have garnered such prices due to their heritage or pop influence.