10 Mind-blowing prices of vintage cars at car auctions


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If these high-end prices don't knock you down, nothing else can!

Anyone would agree that these prices are quite ridiculous, but for die-hard Car Collectors, it’s just another classic opportunity to become new owners of the most expensive vintage ride. The prices you’re about to see will definitely give you a mind-blowing shock! Ready for 10 Mind-blowing prices of vintage cars at car auctions?

1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Price - $38,115,000 = ₦13,721,400,000

That’s 9 whooping zeros and if this surprises you, then the original estimation of this highly coveted classic automobile will knock you down. Actually, the 250 GTO is so rare that Ferrari only made 39 units and its original cost was $50,000,000.


2. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

Price - $29,607,760 = ₦10,658,793,600

This vintage piece won races with the ever famous F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel. It was also once the most expensive collector vehicle sold at an auction before the 250 GTO changed the game.

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

3. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 N.A.R.T. Spider

Price - $27,500,000 = ₦9,900,000,000

It’s one of 10 drop top versions that were ever built by coachbuilder, Sergio Scaglietti (who built Ferraris with a hammer).

Since created, it never left the ownership of its original owner, Eddie Smith of North Carolina, not until six years after his death. His family finally decided to sell the vehicle and donate all proceeds to charity.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 N.A.R.T. Spider

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4. 1964 Ferrari GTB/C Speciale

Price - $26,400,000 = ₦9,504,000,000

This car is one of the rarest and when it was sold at the auction, it was in perfect condition. The Ferrari Speciale is powered by a 3.3-liter V-12 engine with 320 hp through a five-speed manual gearbox.

1964 Ferrari GTB/C Speciale

5. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione

Price - $18,400,177 = ₦6,624,063,720

With nicknames such as “The Fearsome Four-Nine” from British teams and “Le Monstre” from the French, the powerful 4.9-liter V-8 engine was a force to be reckoned with on Italian raceways.

It was sold to an American who used the 375-Plus for SCCA club racing for several years before the vehicle got damaged. Finally, the vehicle was sent to Italy for total repair, where the body and original engine were restored.

1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione

6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Price - $16,390,000 = ₦5,900,400,000

It has a 3.0-liter, frenzied styling, 300-hp V-12 engine, four-speed manual transmission, and six Weber carburetors. Vehicles that have such impressive specs are quite rare. So, for anyone who knows the true value of the Testa Rossa, ₦5,900,400,000 is a bargain!

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

7. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Price - $14,300,000 = ₦5,148,000,000

The vehicle was owned by Steven Earle of Santa Barbara, who used it as a daily driver in California. He never raced with the vehicle. Earle first ordered the car back in 1964 and only racked up a few thousand miles on the vehicle before selling it off a few years later.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

8. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione

Price - $12,812,800 = ₦4,612,608,000

The Berlinetta Competizione driven by three well known and respected champions before importation into the U.S. was halted in 1954.

It was also one of three 375 MM cars to race in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hour race. The engine was one of the first to be later modified for improved performance - receiving an increase to 4.5 liters.

1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione

9. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1

Estimated Price: $20,000,000 = ₦7,200,000,000

The DBR1 has been driven by Carroll Shelby and Stirling Moss.

In 1959, it won the Le Mans title and had a quite impressive racing history. What makes the DBR1 more awesome is the fact that it is one of five Aston Martin DBR1’s that has ever been built.

1956 Aston Martin DBR1

10. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Price - $11,770,000 = ₦4,237,200,000

This one has an amazing story! The Special Roadster survived the horrors of WW2 in Germany and was later transported to America where it supposedly vanished from existence.

In 1992, it was found hidden in a barn located in Connecticut and restored back to its majestic self. The Special Roadster boasts of a 180-hp, 5.4-liter inline-eight engine with a supercharger as well as a four-speed manual gearbox.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

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