THE ULTIMATE TOP 10 EXPENSIVE AMERICAN CLASSICS


Publish date: 2016-04-15 06:35:47
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We all know that classic cars can reach insane prices especially the very rare ones. Currently the most expensive car ever sold is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. It was sold for $37.1 million Berlinetta in 2014 at the Pebble Beach auction.

The world’s most expensive cars have been dominated by Ferrari cars. A list full of Ferrari cars gets boring over time so not let’s focus on them.

Let’s focus on our very own American classics and see which ones have been listed as the most expensive American classics.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

  1. 1967 Chevy Corvette L88

1967 Chevy Corvette L88

Sold for $3,850,000 at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction.

This beautiful red beast was specifically built for the track. Only 20 cars were made in 1965 and only one was painted red. This is the one and only red 1967 Chevy Corvette L88. Out of 20 L88s produced, this one is the best of all.

Awards achieved:

  • NCRS 98.2 Regional Top Flight 2001
  • 4 National Top Flight 2001
  • NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award 2001
  • Regional Performance Verification Award

Details

VIN                                              194377S115791

Engine                                       V8

Position                                   Front Longitudinal

Aspiration                              Natural

Valvetrain                              OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl

Fuel feed                                 850 CFM Holley 1 x 4 bbl. D.D.

Displacement                     6997 cc / 427.0 in³

Bore                                           108 mm / 4.25 in

Stroke                                       95.2 mm / 3.75 in

Compression                       12.5:1

Power                                       410.1 kw / 550 bhp @ 6200 rpm

Specific output                   78.61 bhp per litre

Bhp/weight                           354.61 bhp per tonne

Torque                                      637.23 nm / 470 ft lbs @ 5200 rpm

Redline                                                      6500

  1. 1950 GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Bus

1950 GM Futurliner

Sold for $4,400,000 at the Scottsdale auction in 2006.

This is one of only twelve every built by General Motors. 3 of the 12 Futerliner was restored to their original configuration, the Parade of Progress, and this is one of them. The Futurliners were used for display and transport during the Parade of Progress tour exhibit during the 1940 until 1956.

Details

VIN          011

Exterior Color    RED AND WHITE

Interior Color     GREEN AND WHITE

Cylinders              6

Engine   400cid GM truck engine

Transmission     4-SPEED

  1. 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster

1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster

Sold for $4,455,000 at the 2004 David Gooding & Company’s auction

This rare 1935 Duesenber SJ Speedster was a world land speed record holder in 1935 with a speed of 153.97 mph with its V12 engine. Although during the time it was sold, the V12 engine was replaced. Also known as The Mormon Meteor, this SJ Speedster won in the 2007 Pebble Beach Councours D’Elegance for “Best in Show”.

Only 36 Mormon Meteor were made.

Details

Engine                                       Straight-8 w/Special Cams, Ram’s Horn Intake

Position                                   Front Longitudinal

Aspiration                              Centrifugal, Gear Driven Supercharger

Valve train                             DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl

Fuel feed                                 Double, Updraught Stromberg UU3 Carburetors

Displacement                     6876 cc / 419.6 in³

Bore                                           95.25 mm / 3.75 in

Stroke                                       120.6 mm / 4.75 in

Compression                       5.2:1

Power                                       298.3 kW / 400 bhp @ 5000 rpm

Specific output                   58.17 bhp per litre

Bhp/Weight                          183.74 bhp per ton

  1. 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe

1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe

Sold for $4,510,000 at the RM auctions in March 2013.

A different configuration from the Mormon Meteor, this 1935 Duesenberg SJ is a convertible and only 3 of these were ever made. To top it all off, this 1935 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe is the only supercharged model.

Details
Engine                                       Lycoming Straight-8

Position                                   Front Longitudinal

Aspiration                              Centrifugal, Gear Driven Supercharger

Valve train                             DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl

Displacement                     6876 cc / 419.6 in³

Bore                                           95.25 mm / 3.75 in

Stroke                                       120.6 mm / 4.75 in

Compression                       5.2:1

Power                                       238.6 kW / 320 bhp @ 4200 rpm

Specific output                   46.54 bhp per litre

Bhp/weight                           122.7 bhp per tonne

Torque                                      576.22 nm / 425 ft lbs @ 2400 rpm

Redline                                                      5200

  1. 1966 Batmobile 1

1966 Batmobile 1

Sold for $4,620,000 at the 2013 Barret-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

Made from a 1955 Lincoln Futura, the 1966 Batmobile 1 was made for the Adam West Batman movie by George Barris. Legend has it that the Lincoln Futura was bought by George Barris for only $1. The second time it was sold, it was for $4,620,000.

Details

Engine                                       390ci, V-8

Transmission                       B&M Hydro 3-speed automatic (2nd transmission)

Layout                                      Front engine/rear drive

Body Construction           Steel

Tires                                           15″ Firestone Wide-Oval, Mickey Thompson and US Royal Laredo

Tires (current)                     235/75R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A

Original Wheels                 15×7 single rib Rader cast-alloy five spoke

  1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake”

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 “Super Snake”

Sold for $5, 500, 00 at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction

The 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake is modified to be a semi-competition model and only 23 were originally built. Only 2 of the Super Snakes were made by Shelby himself and this is the only surviving one. The other Super Snake was sold to Bill Cosby and later sold to a man name Tony Maxey who drove it off a cliff and sank into the Pacific Ocean.

Details

VIN                                              CSX3015

Exterior Color                      DARK BLUE

Interior Color                       BLACK

Transmission                       3-SPEED AUTOMATIC

Engine                                       Water Cooled V8

Position                                   Front Longitudinal

Aspiration                              Twin Paxton Superchargers

Valve train                             OHV 2 Valves / Cyl

Displacement                     6997 cc / 427 in³

Bore                                           107.4 mm / 4.23 in

Stroke                                       96.0 mm / 3.78 in

Compression                       11.5:1

Power                                       596.6 kW / 800 bhp

Specific output                   114.33 bhp per litre

Bhp/weight                           772.95 bhp per tonne

Torque                                      626.39 nm / 462.0 ft lbs @ 2800 rpm

  1. 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

Sold for $7,000,000 at the 2014 Mecum Auction.

The 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype was the 4th attempt done by Henry Ford II and Carroll Shelby to build a car that could face the world fastest cars. This prototype was the first one they made with a light chassis. At the Daytona race in 1965, the GT40 Prototype won third place making it a historic step for Ford Racing.

Details

Engine                                       289 CI

Transmission                       4-Speed

Color                                          Blue

Interior                                    White

Engine                                       All Aluminum, 90 degree, Ford V8 w/Dry Sump

Valve train                             Pushrod-Actuated, 2 OHV per Cyl

Fuel feed                                 4 Dual-Choke Weber 48mm Carburetors

Displacement                     4184 cc / 255.3 in³

Bore                                           95.5 mm / 3.76 in

Stroke                                       72.9 mm / 2.87 in

Compression                       12.5:1

Power                                       268.5 kW / 350 bhp @ 7200 rpm

Specific output                   83.65 bhp per litre

Bhp/weight                           406.03 bhp per tonne

Torque                                      393.19 nm / 290 ft lbs @ 5600 rpm

Redline                                                      -1000 

  1. Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX 2601

Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX 2601

Sold for $7,250,000 at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

The Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe was purposely built to go head to head with the Ferraris in the GT class race of the FIA World Manufacturers Championship. Only 6 Shelby Daytona Cobra were built and the CSX 2601 is the one that it won the 1965 World Manufacturer’s Championship.

Details

Engine                                       Ford 90º V8 – 390 HP

Position                                   Front Longitudinal

Transmission                       4-speed Manual

Color                                          Guardsman Blue – / White

Interior                                    Black

Aspiration                              Neutral

Block material                    Cast Iron

Valve train                             Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl

Fuel feed                                 4 Weber 48 IDM Carburetors

Displacement                     4728 cc / 288.5 in³

Bore                                           101.8 mm / 4.0 in

Stroke                                       72.9 mm / 2.87 in

Compression                       10.8:1

Power                                       287.1 kW / 385.0 bhp @ 6750 rpm

Specific output                   81.43 bhp per litre

Bhp/weight                           369.13 bhp per tonne

Torque                                      460.98 nm / 340.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm

Redline                                                      8000

  1. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe

1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe

Sold for $10,340,000 at the Pebble Beach auction last 2011.

The 1931 Duesenberg Model J Long-Wheelbase Coupe is believed to be at the peak of American stylish cars. Having the best traits you can find in a Duesenberg design, this is a one off a kind Duesenberg Coupe masterpiece.

Details
Engine                                       420 CID DOHC Inline 8-Cylinder Engine

Single Schebler Dual-Throat Updraft Carburetor

Position                                   Front Longitudinal

Transmission                       3-Speed Manual Gearbox with Freewheeling

Aspiration                              Natural

Valve train                             DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl

Fuel feed                                 Schebler Dual-Throat Carburetor

Displacement                     6876 cc / 419.6 in³

Bore                                           95.25 mm / 3.75 in

Stroke                                       120.6 mm / 4.75 in

Compression                       5.2:1

Power                                       197.6 kW / 265.0 bhp @ 4200 rpm

Specific output                   38.54 bhp per litre

Bhp/weight                           110.88 bhp per tonne

Torque                                      507.08 nm / 374 ft lbs @ 2000 rpm

Redline                                                      4650

  1. 1968 Ford GT40

1968 Ford GT40

Sold for $11,000,000 at the 2012 RM auctions

Only 2 1968 Ford GT40 lightweight still exists out of 3 that were produced. This car is famous for starring in the film Le Mans that was driven by Steve McQueen. The GT40 consecutively won the Le Mans four times which added to Shelby list of historic cars.

Details

Engine                         Ford V8 w/Gurney Heads

Position                        Mid Longitudinal

Valve train                   OHV, 2 Valves per Cylinder

Fuel feed                     Weber 48 IDA

Displacement               4942 cc / 301.6 in³

Bore                             101.6 mm / 4.0 in

Stroke                          76.2 mm / 3.0 in

Compression                10.6:1

Power                          316.9 kW / 425.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm

Specific output                        86.0 bhp per litre

Bhp/Weight                 395.35 bhp per tonne

Torque                         535.55 nm / 395 ft lbs

Reference & Photos:

http://www.cheatsheet.com/automobiles/10-most-expensive-american-cars-ever-sold.html/?a=viewall

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