World’s Rarest Cars
Are you a real car enthusiast? If so, you probably recognize these rare cars. Either way, check out what the rarest cars in the world are.
What’s Make a Car “Rare”?
There are a lot of qualifying factors for a rare car. Certainly price is one of them, as we see these models go for millions of dollars. Of course, the production quantity also makes a car rare. There are some cars in the world for which only one model was produced. Rare cars can also be those models that were custom-built for a specific owner, and these of course include racing models.
High-Priced Rare Cars
Even high-priced is an understatement for what you are about to read. Let’s start with the Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK. Built in 1929, only 33 units were manufactured. However, it was auctioned back in 2004 for a staggering $7.4 million, making it the most expensive Mercedes at the time.
The same goes for the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe. Only six units were manufactured with a much hyped 12.7 liter aircraft engine. In 1987, this car was sold for $9.7 million.
But top of the list is the 1961 Ferrari 250GT Spyder. With only 36 units ever produced, the car is especially known for its exquisite looks. A Ferrari 250GT was sold 5 years ago for $ 10.9 million, making it the most expensive car ever, hands down!
Usually, cars that have less than 50 manufactured units are considered rare, such as the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Only 36 of these were made, and most have not survived. One model was sold for $6.2 million in 1991. However, there are some models that have as little as 2 manufactured units. Prime examples include the 1967 and the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T convertibles.
Other Unique Cars
Race cars are built in limited quantities as they are not to be sold to the general public. Some of the rarest cars built for the tracks include:
- 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa
- 1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione
- 1930 Bentley Speed Six
However, some cars only saw a single manufactured model because they were far ahead of their time. A classic example is the 1938 Phantom Corsair. Leave alone it’s closed, low-hung body design, the Corsair had features that allowed drivers to know if a door was open or that the radio was on. Now, these are redundant features but remember that we are talking about the 30s here. Only one of these cars was built due to the untimely death of creator Rust Heinz.