Can You Afford These Classic Cars?

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Autobahn Automotive in Sea Girt, NJ, works on classic European automobiles, especially VWs. We have a passion for all things European in our preventative maintenance and automotive repair. We work tirelessly to meet our customers’ needs at every turn, but every once in a while we love to have fun and imagine what if? For example, what if you had all the money in the world? Would you purchase one of these classic cars that auctioned for the most money in 2018?

Ferrari 250 GTO – 1962

In 2018, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at an RM Sotheby’s auction for over $48 million dollars. As you can imagine, this was the most expensive auctioned classic car in 2018. Do you have $48 million lying around? Yeah, neither do we. Still, can you imagine how amazing this vehicle must be? It is one of only 33 models built by Ferrari and its winning bid confirms its status as a Grade-A collectible.

Ferrari 290 MM – 1956

Ferrari again? Yeah, well, classic Ferraris are sought after worldwide, and this 1956 beauty sold for $22 million in 2018 at an RM Sotheby’s auction as well. If you know anything about classic Ferrari racing, you’ll recognize the names Phil Hill, Peter Collins, and Olivier Gendebien. These racers drove this Italian speedster and, apparently, one rich racing fan decided he or she needed the car for him or herself.

Duesenberg SSJ – 1935

You probably haven’t heard of this vehicle before now and that’s because there were only two ever made. In 1935, Hollywood leading actor Gary Cooper drove a Duesenberg SSJ. His acting rival, Clark Cable, fell in love with the vehicle and had the cash to ask Duesenberg to build one for him, too. One Gooding & Company auction bidder dropped $22 million in 2018 to purchase one of these cars.

Aston Martin DP215 – 1963

A bidder at an RM Sotheby’s auction dropped $1 million less than the previous car on our list and purchased an Aston Martin DP215 circa 1963 for $21 million in 2018. Aston Martin focused on race cars, but this particular vehicle – a prototype – didn’t make the grade. It could not compete successfully against the Ferraris on the race track but it still broke two off-track records in its day.

Aston Martin MP209 DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV – 1961

That’s a mouthful and a very valuable car. It might seem as if it sold for chump-change when an auction bidder dropped $13 million for it in 2018, but this Aston Martin saw World Champion racing driver Jim Clark drive it in the 1960s. Again, if you’re a facing fan who dates back to the 60s, you know who Jim Clark is, and you have to wonder if the new owner can drive it as well as he did.

That was fun… and expensive! We hardworking folks might not have $48 million to drop on a classic cars but we can treat our new and classic vehicles as if we do. Autobahn Automotive in Sea Girt, NJ, works primarily on European automobiles. Call us at 732-716-3222.