The Rarest Cars in the World

Throughout automobile history, many spectacular vehicles have been produced. For one reason or another, some of the most iconic vehicles were only manufactured in small numbers, and their rarity comes with a hefty price tag. Highly sought-after by automobile collectors, these are currently some of the rarest cars in the world.

1962 Ferrari 250 Grand Turismo Omologato

Produced by Ferrari between 1962 and 1964, only 39 models of the Ferrari 250 GTO were ever made. At the time, the car cost around US$18,000 (A$23,291) and buyers were required to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. Belonging to the Group 3 Grand Touring Car category, the powerful 250 GTO was deemed too dangerous for ordinary drivers by Ferrari and his team. The car set the record for the world’s most expensive car sale – then, a 1963 model – selling in a 2018 private sale for US$70 million (A$90 million).

1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

This 1955 Mercedes model holds the title for being the rarest and most expensive Mercedes ever produced. The two-seater gullwing coupe is considered to be the ultimate long-distance Grand Prix cruiser and is capable of reaching up to  263 km/h. As one of the fastest production cars of its time, the car was by favoured many celebrities including Tony Curtis, Clarke Gable, Sophia Loren and Ralph Lauren. There were only ever 3,258 models of the gullwing built, with only 1,400 being coupes. These models can sell for up to A$6 million.

1970 Porsche 917

This 1970 model is known for giving Porsche its first and second win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Released in 1970, the car also appeared in the Steve McQueen film, Le Mans and became one of the most talked-about Porsche models ever built. Porsche only ever produced a total of 59 of these, with only a handful of these original models still in existence today. In 2017, the 1970 Porsche 917 driven by McQueen was sold at an auction for US$14 million (A$18 million).

1996 Vector M12

Designed by parent company Megatech LTD the Vector Motors Corporation, the 1996 Vector M12 remodeled Lamborghini Diablo and was considered to be one of the fastest cars built in the mid-1990s. Featuring 500 horsepower and 3,600-pound rear-wheel-drive, the car’s production was halted due to slow sales and mismanagement within the company. Only 17 Vector M12’s were ever built, and only 14 of these were considered to be full production models. Today the car is valued between A$85,000 to A$250,000.

Ford GT40

Designed by Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles in the 1960s, the Ford GT40 was originally created to beat Ferrari in long-distance car races. At the time, Ferrari had won every 24 Hours of Le Mans race for five years running. This changed in 1966 with the introduction of the Ford GT40, with the car winning the next three annual races. Fewer than 100 of the high-performance racing car reaching A$9 million.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider

The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider was designed by two of the biggest names in Italian coachbuilding at the time, Scaglietti and Pininfarina. Distinctly sleek and elegant, the model is a two-seater Grand Prix car that features a 3.0 V12 engine. With only 16 models of the original 1961 250 GT California SWB Spider ever built, this is a challenging car to find. In 2008, a model owned by actor James Coburn was sold for a record breaking U$11 million (A$14 million) to UK Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans.

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