8 Legendary Rare Cars That We Are Sure Money Alone Won't Be Able To Buy
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While the modern marvels of hybrid engineering and high-octane racing performance come at their own stratospheric heights of bank balance requirements, ever true enthusiast knows that the best cars aren't necessarily the fastest - although I'll be damned if they don't look the part, and have truly stood the test of time for several decades. 

 

While production numbers are incredibly low compared to most commercial cars, these unique, beautiful machines are also hard to obtain because of their elusiveness on the auction market. You really need to know and impress some of the wealthiest people on the planet to even put an offer on the table.
 
Not a single car on this list costs a dime less than $8 million. To wrap your mind around these dizzying prices, we've included a simple metric - the equivalent number of purchasable top-range Suzuki Swift vehicles. You're welcome.
 
1. 2008 Maybach Exelero
 
 
Top Speed: 350kmph
 
Units Produced: 1
 
Cost in USD: $8 Million
 
Worth in Swifts: 296 Units
 
When Maybach set out to create the most expensive, opulent, exclusive one-off luxury sedan in history, they definitely skipped any corner-cutting - this beastly machine sold for $8 million to American rapper Birdman, who after being unable to afford the car, sold it to a much wealthier musician - Jay-Z himself.
 
2. 1927 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe
 
 
Top Speed: 160kmph
 
Units Produced: 7
 
Cost in USD: $9.7 Million
 
Worth in Swifts: 359 Units
 
Before Bugatti developed a reputation for making the fastest cars in the world, they happened to start from decidedly un-humble beginnings - making the most luxurious cars in the world. Beginning production way back in 1927, only 25 were ever planned. Only seven were made, and only three have been sold - with the prime example flaunting a brain-imploding $9.7 million pricetag.
 
One of the three sold was wrecked by company founder Ettore Bugatti - now that's as Italian as it gets.
 
3. 1998 McLaren F1 LM
 
 
Top Speed: 362kmph
 
Units Produced: 6
 
Cost in USD: $13.75 Million 
 
Worth in Swifts: 509 Units
 
The McLaren F1 is often considered the original modern supercar, and six of these LM editions were built to commemorate the five McLaren F1 GTRs that competed in the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans and took four of the five top spots (including first). 
 
Five of these have been sold in their original papaya paint jobs, and one was auctioned in 1998 for a staggering $13.75 million.
 
4. 1970 Porsche 917
 
 
Top Speed: 390kmph
 
Units Produced: 50 (Approx.)
 
Cost in USD: $14 Million
 
Worth in Swifts: 518 Units
 
This famous sports car prototype gave Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. It was also featured in the Steve McQueen film, Le Mans, elevating the car to near-cult status. The 917 driven by McQueen in the film sold at an auction for $14 million in 2017, setting a record price for Porsche.

 

5. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
 
 
Top Speed: 246kmph
 
Units Produced: 25
 
Cost in USD: $14.3 Million
 
Worth in Swifts: 529 Units
 
Unveiled to the world at the 1960 London Motor Show, it's been over half a century and this car simply oozes classic British race car heritage - as well as a whole lotta' dollars. Only 19 were ever made, with one going off the shelf for a classy $14.3 million.
 
6. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder
 
 
Top Speed: 225kmph
 
Units Produced: 55
 
Cost in USD: 17.16
 
Worth in Swifts: 635 Units
 
Without a doubt, the 250 GT SWB California Spyder is one of the most beautiful cars ever to pass through Ferrari's fabled gates on Via Abetone Inferiore. With its stunning bodywork designed by Pininfarina and masterfully executed by Scaglietti, the car was a collaboration of the very best. 
 
Featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off it became one of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction in 2016, when it went for $17.16 million. It also happens to be one of the most rare cars out there, with just 55 ever made.
 
7. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
 
 
Top Speed: 259kmph
 
Units Produced: 33
 
Cost in USD: $39.8 Million
 
Worth in Swifts: 1474 Units. Wow.
 
Yes, by now you've guessed it - every single top three spot on this list is dominated by Ferrari. While some of you exotics fans might be a bit ticked off, there's a reason why the prancing horse hasn't gone anywhere despite decades of dodging bankruptcy and still making some of the world's greatest cars, like this one.
 
The 250TR was built during the 1950s and 60s and won 10 World Sportscar Championships, three 24 Hours of Le Mans, and more. Only 34 were ever built, with one selling at a 2014 auction for $39.8 million. Its name also means 'Redhead' in English. Nice.
 
8. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
 
 
Top Speed: 280kmph
 
Units Produced: 39
 
Cost in USD: $48.4 Million
 
Worth in Swifts: 1792 Units. Incredible!
 
Here it is - the most expensive car ever sold. It holds both top-two spots - first selling for $48.4 million in 2018, and another for $40.3 million in 2014. Classic lines, timeless quality and to own it, you had to be approved by Enzo Ferrari himself. Doesn't really get more exclusive than that, until you realise that there's just 39 in existence.

 
 


 
 


 
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