Rare vehicles are extremely valuable, and you will not find them on the streets stuck in traffic. They are sitting in the garage of a collector, and they are rarely driven on public roads. Having one of these cars is an honor and a dream for everyone who calls themselves car enthusiasts. Here are 12 car models which are almost extinct.
12. Dodge Coronet Convertible – $250,000
The Dodge Coronet Convertible was produced in 1967 and 1970, but one car was made per year, which means that only two models exist. Even though there are more beautiful cars than the Coronet, it is a gem for collectors.
11. Packard Panther – $360,000
The Packard Panther is a two-seat luxury car designed for the podium in 1954. Only four Packard Panther models were assembled and two are still in good shape. One of them was sold at auction 12 years ago for $360,000.
10. 1969 ZL1 Camaro – $1 million
The 1969 ZL1 Camaro is the iconic muscle car everyone lusts for. It is the name $1 million worth, but the price is steep because this model, in particular, is the last model year of the first generation of Camaro that was produced from 1967 to 1969.
9. Tucker ’48 – $1.2 million
The Tucker ’48 is a notorious vehicle, but it is very popular among collectors. The carmaker called Preston Tucker produced only 51 of these models in Chicago, but they were involved in a stock fraud scandal which went nationwide. Even though Preston Tucker got acquitted, the company could never recover.
8. Aston Martin Bulldog – $1.3 million
The Aston Martin Bulldog reminds us of the DeLorean in the Back to the Future films, with its gull-wing doors. Although the British carmaker planned to produce 25 cars, only one got made, and it is no surprise that its worth exceeds $1 million mark. The Bulldog is equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower.
7. Mercedes 300SL Gullwing – $1.5 million
The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is one of the most beautiful cars that has gull-wing doors. It debuted in 1954, and it was the world’s fastest model with the top speed of 160 mph, which was unimaginable back in the mid-1950s.
6. Talbot Lago Grand Sport – $2.5 million
Talbot started off in 1903 and it went on until 1994 in different forms and under different ownership. However, they had long breaks during which they didn’t produce any cars. For instance, from 1960 to 1978, they launched zero vehicles, which was a time when they were owned by Chrysler and Peugeot, to name a few. They ended up filing for bankruptcy, but the car that remains one of the models people seek today is the Lago Grand Sport.
5. Porsche 916 – $3 million
When you think of Porsche, the 911 comes to mind. However, mention Porsche to collectors and they will tell you all about 916. It is one of the rarest cars today, and only 11 prototypes were assembled in 1972. One of these was shipped to the US, and it is now at the Automobile Atlanta Museum in Marietta, Georgia.
4. 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 – $3.5 million
Even if there had been heaps of 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 models, the collectors would still pay attention to this vehicle. However, only four F-88 cars came out of the factory, and it comes to no surprise to learn that this model sells for $3.5 million today. Under its hood is a V8 rocket engine good for 250 horsepower which only increases the price.
3. Ferrari 250 GT Spyder Convertible – $10 million
The Ferrari 250 GT Spyder Convertible is a sole representative in the world, which makes it one of the rarest Ferraris. Every other 250 GT Spyder was a coupe. The vehicle was sold to Bob Lee at the New York Auto Show in 1956 for $9,500. Bob Lee still owns the car, and the estimated value of the vehicle is $10 million today.
2. 1921 Helica de Leyat – $20 million
The 1921 Helica is produced by French carmaker Marcel Leyat, and it is called “The plane without wings.” Only 30 models rolled out of the plant, and de Leyat has everything collectors look on a car. It is old, extremely rare and unique in every sense of the word. Today, the Helica de Leyat in good shape costs more than $20 million.
1. Rolls-Royce 15 hp – $35 million
Charles Rolls and Henry Royce came together in Manchester and in 1904, they produced the Rolls-Royce 15 hp. Only six models were created, but one has managed to survive until today. This is truly one of the rarest and oldest vehicles on the planet, which is why the car’s worth is $35 million.