Some sources regard the mid-1950s Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" the first supercar. When it was introduced in 1954, it was certainly unlike anything else, and the 212-horsepower direct injection straight six made it the fastest production car of its day. With a rich motorsport history and the still amazing gullwing doors, the 300SL holds a special place among classic Mercedes-Benz coupes.
Million-dollar pants, anyone?
Steve McQueen had one, before crashing his. A similar NART Spider was auctioned at RM Auctions' Monterey event in 2013, for a staggering $27.5 million.
Join Chris Harris as he enjoys a hypercar deep cut with the extremely rare Bugatti EB110 SS, a 90s-tastic, 603-hp, 216-mph, highlighter yellow rocket ship.
Solid 50-percent appreciation for a Bavarian roadster and a Bolognese sport-ute sold at auction in Detroit this past weekend show that multi-million-dollar classics aren't the only cars that can prove a wise financial investment.
This is the car that started a string of victories for Ferrari at the Tour de France in the hands of the Marquis de Portago, securing its handle and place in history. Now it's going up for auction in Monterey.
RM Sotheby's sold more than $53 million in classic cars and automobilia for Paul and Chris Andrews last weekend in Fort Worth, TX, headlined by this 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica that went for a record $7.6 million.
The newly united RM Sotheby's was the official auctioneer at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, selling more than all the other auction houses present combined. And the top lot was this 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet in gorgeous green with red leather, fetching a record $6 million for charity.
The beautifully curvaceous Buick Blackhawk concept was made in the early 2000s, and the one-off was largely constructed from vintage components from the brand. Once part of the General Motors Heritage Fleet, the Blackhawk was sold off in 2009. Now, the car is crossing the auction block again with no reserve as part of RM Auctions sale of the Andrews Collection on May 2, 2015.
Between Barrett-Jackson, RM Auctions, Gooding & Company and Bonhams, this weekend saw over $292 million in classic cars and trucks change hands in Scottsdale, Arizona. These are the top ten most valuable lots, a list dominated by Ferraris – starting with the $9.6-million 250 LM.
RM Auctions moves $63.7 million worth of metal, including a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM that set the record for the highest ever paid at the Arizona event at $9.6 million.
This rare Miura SV, one of only five converted at the factory to Jota specification, promises to be the most expensive Lamborghini ever sold at auction... if it meets its pre-sale estimate of $2-2.6 million.
A highly original example of Audi's prototypical homologation special hot hatch is going up for auction, expected to fetch between $350,000 and $475,000.
Barn finds are the absinthe of the collector car world right now. They're highly intoxicating and a bit of the 'flavor of the month.' An actual barn isn't necessary, just some form of out-of-the-way long-term storage that involves a car being out of circulation for a long period of time, remaining complete with the time-capsule-like detritus of their slumber-yellowed newspapers, vintage eight-tracks or real pay dirt like a telex printout from Howard Hughes or a receipt from the Playboy Club. RM
It seems like the retro design aesthetic in autos might be petering out, with even a former poster child like the Ford Mustang taking a step in a more modern direction. Sometimes those updates of old-school models really worked well, though. Just take a look above at the Lincoln Continental concept from 2002 that took the extruded shape of the 1960s version and updated it for the new millennium.
Of the 21 multi-million-dollar lots sold over RM Auctions' two-day Monterey event, the top six were Ferraris while the top four were members of the vaunted 275 family. In total, 13 of the 21 seven- and eight-figure entries bore the yellow shield and prancing horse of the Scuderia.
Some of the biggest auto auctions of the year are held during the weekend of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Millionaires gather in hopes of outbidding their contemporaries for incredibly rare cars. As Bonhams' record sale on Thursday of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for $38 million showed, these days the world's most expensive vehicles are found at auctions, often with a prancing horse on the nose.