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- [Narrator] Some people think that cars

are a practical purchase meant to get you from A to B.

Those people, dear viewers, are wrong.

Cars are one of life's greatest pleasures.

If you ask me, the rarer, the better.

In this list, I'll reveal some of the greatest

motor vehicles of all time.

Be warned, though, they're certain to give

you some serious car envy.

Here are 10 of the most expensive rare cars of all time.

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- Amazing.

- [Narrator] Number 10, 1939 Alfa Romero 8C.

The ultimate sports car of its generation,

this 1939 beauty from Alfa Romeo was

one of only 12 ever made, which is probably why it sold

for $19,800,000 in 2016.

It was also the first of its kind to be offered

at public auction this century,

which probably helped boost its price too.

The car was originally designed as a bespoke decadence

for upper-class clientele,

and it was packed with cutting-edge technology

that offered the ultimate driving experience.

It's impressive inside and out, the lightweight exterior

is considered to be one of the finest of its time,

and under the hood there's a 2,905 cc engine,

which is where the car gets its name from.

This supercar is said to be the Italian equivalent

of the number one car in this list.

Any guesses what it might be?

Let me know in the comments to see

if you can get it before the reveal.

Number nine, Ferrari LaFerrari.

Cars don't always have to be vintage to be worth

a stack of dollars, as Ferrari proved in 2016.

The Italian supercar giant produced 500

of the coupe version of their LaFerrari,

which literally means The Ferrari in Italian.

Very inventive, guys.

This hybrid sports car is the most valuable

21st-century automobile ever sold at auction,

raising $7 million at an RM Sotheby's auction.

The model sold was the 500th and final LaFerrari

to be built, which is why its price tag was

significantly higher than the other 499

which retailed at around $1.5 million each.

Fancy getting your hands on your very own LaFerrari?

Good luck!

According to Ferrari,

several high-profile buyers were turned down

when they tried to secure their very own LaFerrari.

Basically, if you're not already a very good

Ferrari customer like Jay Kay from Jamiroquai

or Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec, you can forget it.

Number eight, Ford GT40 Gulf.

Most of the cars in this list come from Europe,

but this beauty comes from the good old U.S of A.

Ford's GT40 Gulf claimed its place in the history books

when it became the most expensive American car ever sold,

attracting a whopping $11 million.

What contributes to the super-huge price tag

is its unique history.

This 1968 mean machine was owned by none other

than Hollywood's king of speed himself, Steve McQueen.

It was featured in a series of films

including the 1971 classic Le Mans, and Bullitt.

And, who doesn't want to own a famous car?

At one point, McQueen decided to kit out his GT40

for live action race filming, cutting a hole

in the car's roof to make room for the camera.

That didn't put off the buyer though,

apparently owning a piece of race car history is

more important than it being in good condition.

Number seven, 1955 Jaguar D-Type.

Move over USA, the Brits are proving

to be almighty at producing classic sports cars.

This Jaguar's 1955 D-Type, for instance,

sold for an incredible $21,780,000 at RM Sotheby's.

The D-Type was produced between 1954 and 1957

and towards the end of its production run

the 3.4-liter engine was bumped up to 3.8 liters,

before being reduced to three liters to comply

with Le Mans' race rules.

Confusing, right?

And speaking of Le Mans, Ecurie Ecosse raced

this particular D-Type to victory in the 1956

24 Hours of Le Mans race, cementing its place in history.

Before the 2016 sale it had only had

two private owners after Ecosse.

It was actually owned by a single private collector

for 16 years before the sale, so it really might have been

a once in a lifetime opportunity to own

this example of race car royalty.

If you prefer Aston Martins,

maybe this 1956 DBR1 is more up your alley.

It went for $22,550,000 in 2017,

making it the most expensive

British car to ever be sold at auction.

Take that, Jaguar!

Number six, Ferrari 275 GTB.

The first of many vintage Ferraris

in this list is the 275 GTB series.

There were only 970 produced in total,

so it's quite rare for one to come up for sale.

The super series consisted of three two-cam models

and two four-cam models, and both versions are highly sought

after among the world's biggest Ferrari aficionados.

One of the rarest models, the 1967 275 GTB/4S NART Spider

sold for $27,500,000 at a 2013 Pebble Beach auction.

There were only 10 of this model ever built,

making it arguably the most desirable,

and the most expensive variant of the series.

There is a rarer 275 out there, though, the GTB/C Speciale.

This one-of-a-kind prototype was built to compete

at Le Mans and it finished third in the 1965 race.

When this ultra-rare car came up for auction

in 2014 it went to a lucky bidder for $26,400,000.

I wonder how much it'll be worth

when it goes up for sale next.

Any guesses?

As we reach halfway in this list,

let's test your pricing knowledge with a bit of trivia.

How much do you think Captain Nemo's car

from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

sold for at auction?

I'll reveal all at the end of the video,

so leave your estimate in the comments

now to see if you can get it.

Number five, 1956 Ferrari 290 MM.

Sold in New York in 2015 for $28,050,000

as part of RM Sotheby's Driven by Disruption' sale,

this 1956 beauty is one of Ferrari's most expensive cars

to sell at auction.

This particular model was originally built

for Juan Manuel Fangio, so it's got a history

that's extremely interesting to motorsport enthusiasts.

The 3.5 litre, V-12 engine car had a top speed

of 170 miles per hour and was raced

by Fangio in the 1,000-mile Mille Miglia in Italy.

Amazingly, despite its illustrious racing career

it has never crashed.

This particular 290 MM was one of four to be made,

and it remained in collector Pierre Bardinon's renowned

Mas du Clos Collection in France for almost 24 years.

It's unknown who bought the car in 2015,

other than the fact that it was

a private European collector.

If it was you, let me know and maybe we can go for a spin.

Number four, 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow.

This legendary Formula One race car is every

motorsport fan's dream, because it was actually driven

to wins by Argentinian Formula One racing

legend Juan Manuel Fangio.

Why is this Mercedes so expensive?

Well, it ticks all the right boxes.

It's ultra-rare and only 14 of the W196Rs ever existed.

Right now, there are only 10 left

and only this one belongs to a private owner.

It's also a technological gem

and was the very first fuel-injected F1 car.

It was sold by Bonham's at the Goodwood Revival

in 2013 for $29,600,000, and the bidder won

over the phone so they remain a mystery.

Another Mercedes made the news earlier

this year for its history not for its price.

A 1939 770L Grosser Offener Tourenwagen used

by Adolf Hitler received a bid of $7 million

at an auction because it didn't meet

the seller's undisclosed minimum price.

The Super Mercedes was seized by the US Army in 1945,

and had the car sold, 10% of the sale would have been

donated to a Jewish human-rights organization.

Number three, 1957 Ferrari 335S.

More from Ferrari now, with the 335S.

Sold in Paris in 2016 for $35,711,359,

this two-seater sports racing car remains

one of the rarest and most expensive cars on the market.

It brings such a high price due

to its impressive racing history.

It won the 1958 Cuba Grand Prix and took part in the 1957

12 Hours of Sebring race and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

There were only four ever made,

and its looks are as famous as its power.

It can do around 190 miles per hour.

The 335S was actually built in direct response

to the Maserati 450S, whose 4.5-liter engine

was threatening to blow the 3.8-liter engine

of Ferrari's 315 S out of the water.

There's nothing better than a bit

of healthy competition, right?

Despite its astronomical price,

the new owner probably won't get much use out of their 335S.

It can't be used on the road as it was

designed purely for racing.

Number two, Ferrari 250 GTO.

Which 250 GTO, you ask?

Well, all of them actually.

An incredible 41 models from the series claim a place

on the list of the 100 most expensive cars ever sold

at auction, so the entire range deserves a mention.

The Berlinetta model claimed the top spot

on the list after being sold for $38,115,000

at auction in 2014, but a private sale almost doubled

that price earlier this year.

German race car driver Christian Glasel sold

his 1963 model for at least $70 million.

The GTO series go for so much money

because they're so rare, only 36 were made

between 1962 and 1964, so it's extremely uncommon

for one to be available to buy.

Here's Bit of trivia for you.

Although Ferrari doesn't top this list

of most expensive rare cars it does

dominate the most expensive cars list.

How many spots do you think Ferrari claimed?

62 out of 100 cars, incredible, huh?

Number one, Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic.

Number one is this rarer than rare

black beauty from Bugatti.

There were only four of them ever made,

and only two have survived to this day.

A 1938 model is owned by fashion magnate Ralph Lauren,

while the 1936 version was sold privately

in 2010 for a rumored $40 million,

which is almost $46 million today.

So, what makes this car the most expensive rare car ever?

Well, other than its actual rareness,

it's also a thing of beauty.

So much so, in fact, that Ralph Lauren's version

won the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganze Villa d'Este

award in 2013.

The iconic rivets on the outside make

it instantly recognizable,

as does the classic shape of the lightweight aluminum body.

Not content with just making a beautiful car,

the Bugatti family also made sure that the 57SC series

was frighteningly fast.

It could do more than 120 miles per hour in 1936.

I'm going to start saving up

so I can make Ralph Lauren an offer.

And finally, did you leave your guess

for the auction price of Captain Nemo's car?

I can reveal that it sold for $45,000.

A bargain, if you ask me.

This was a custom made vehicle for the movie

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,

so it's as rare as they come.

At 22 feet long, with six wheels.

It has lots of ornate metalwork and prior to being sold,

was kept at a prop store.

Still, I can't help but think it looks

like a fancy giant tissue box.

That concludes my list of the top 10 most expensive

rare cars of all time.

Which one would you love to own the most?

Let me know in the comments.

And, thanks for watching.

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