The term “rare cars” is about as loaded as a $4.5 million Lamborghini Veneno. But is it the low number of a particular model produced that makes a car rare? Or, is it the price tag?
Whatever your parameters, it’s always fun to read about incredibly rare — and ridiculously expensive — hunks of metal. Here are 23 of the rarest cars in the world and how much they’re worth, according to the car experts. Start your engine, and read on.
1. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider
Estimated value or price: $17.2 million
Look familiar? Yep, this car is similar to the one in the ’80s hit movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” reports CNBC. It’s a gem, as evidenced by the sale of one earlier this year at an auction for $17.2 million.
“Only [about] 55 of these were ever made, making this particular model one of the most sought-after Ferraris on the market,” said Shayrgo Barazi, an automotive engineer and founder of CarSumo, a car news site. So if you’re looking to buy a new car, don’t get your hopes too high.
2. 2009 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
Estimate value or price: $4.8 million
Just when you thought the CCXR couldn’t get any cooler, along comes the limited-edition Trevita version, quipped auto journalist Ryan McElroy of CarKeys, a car consumer information site.
“The CCXR Trevita uses white carbon fibers designed to shine like a million diamonds when the light hits the car,” he said. The fiber was designed for this car, of which only two were built in 2009, according to Koenigsegg.
This car is so hot, even boxer Floyd Mayweather had to have one. The boxer posed next to the car in an Instagram post with the caption: “My 4.8 Million dollar car. $4,800,000.00 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita supercar.”
3. 2013 Lamborghini Veneno
Estimated value or price: $3.9 million
Named after a fighting bull from the 1900s, the Veneno was produced in honor of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary and costs nearly $4 million, reported Time in 2013.
“The Veneno is a serious piece of kit,” said McElroy. In other words, Lamborghini created an impressive piece of machinery.
According to the Lamborghini website, the Veneno has a “carbon-fiber, lightweight design” and “is consistently focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability.” When it made an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, multiple sites reported the Veneno has 750 horsepower and a top speed of 220 mph.
4. W Motors Lykan Hypersport
Estimated value or price: $3.4 million
If you’ve seen “Furious 7,” you might recall that this is the car that smashes out of skyscrapers, reports RoadandTrack.com. Deemed the “first Arab supercar” on W Motors’ website, the Lykan Hypersport costs $3.4 million, reports CNN. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 240 mph.
“Your $3.4 million will also buy you a leather interior stitched with gold thread, a 3D infotainment system that can generate [holographs] and LED headlamps encrusted with diamonds,” said McElroy. “It’s also limited to only seven models.”
5. 2017 Pagani Huayra BC
Estimated value or price: $2.5 million
This is an engineering tour de force, said McElroy. And only 20 units were made, reports both AutoGuide.com and CarandDriver.com. Car and Driver also states the Huayra BC costs approximately $2.5 million.
“The carbon fiber used on the bodywork is a unique formula that’s 50 percent lighter than regular carbon fiber. And, it can hit 0 to [approximately] 60 mph in 2.8 seconds,” McElroy added.
6. 1954 Oldsmobile F-88
Estimated value or price: $3.24 million
Let’s just say this is not your father’s Oldsmobile — unless he’s a serious collector.
The 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car (not pictured) fetched $3.24 million at auction in 2005. According to a 2005 CNN Money article, this gem has a 324 cubic-inch Oldsmobile Rocket V-8 engine and up to 250 horsepower. But according to the General Motors Heritage Center, the F-88 never went into production, and there’s only one that survived — the $3.24-million car that sold at the auction in 2005.
7. Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe
Estimate value or price: $10 million
Only three of the six Bugatti Type 41 Royales ever produced were sold, reports CarBuzz.com. However, because the unbodied chassis cost $30,000 at the time during the Great Depression, it’s not a surprise why the other cars weren’t sold.
In 2001, Forbes reported this car’s price tag is an estimated $10 million. Meanwhile, CarBuzz reported that in 1987, the car sold at auction for $9.7 million.
“Apart from the fact that very few units of it were built, the 12.7-liter straight-eight engine made it that much more rare and special,” said Jordan Perch, an automotive enthusiast who writes for DMV.com.
8. 1964 Ford GT40
Estimated value or price: $7 million
An American classic, the prototype of the 1964 Ford GT40 was sold for $7 million in 2014, reports AutoBlog.com.
“Among other things, what makes it special is the fact that it was built in an attempt to challenge Ferrari on the race track,” said Perch.
9. 2016 Icona Vulcano Titanium
Estimated value or price: $3.8 million
The Icona Vulcano Titanium is a one-off supercar with a body built out of titanium and carbon fiber, according to a 2015 press release from ICONA Design & Engineering Co.
“The body was hammered by hand over the course of 1,000 hours,” said Dmitriy Shibarshin of West Coast Shipping, which specializes in the care and shipping of rare, classic and expensive cars.
The supercar is $3.8 million, reported the New York Daily News in 2013. “I imagine someone, somewhere is willing [to pay] over that price just to own a titanium car,” said Shibarshin.
10. 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion
Estimated value or price: $2.4 million
This track car garnered attention when it dropped a few years back.
“It was the swan song to the already outrageous Zonda,” said Shibarshin. “Weighing just under 2,400 pounds, this track monster produces 800 horsepower.”
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In 2013, Digital Trends reported Pagani planned to build only five of these cars. The Pagani website currently states the Zonda Revolucion is priced at 2.2 million euros, which roughly translates to $2.4 million.
11. 1951 Pegaso Z-102
Estimated value or price: $1 million
Back in 1951, the Pegaso was the fastest production car in the world, with a top speed of 120 miles per hour, reported SportsCarDigest.com in 2009.
“Built by the Spanish carmaker Pegaso, the car was a direct competitor to Ferrari in terms of performance and style and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever created,” said Shibarshin. That, and its rarity, are reasons he said today’s models are valued at around $1 million.
12. Ferrari F40 LM
Estimated value or price: $2 million
Based on the legendary Ferrari F40, the Le Mans (LM) edition took away the extra weight and added the power, said Shibarshin. Shibarshin and TopSpeed.com both state only 19 of these cars were built.
Today, Shibarshin estimates the F40 LM sells for over $2 million. According to GTSpirit.com, a 1994 Ferrari F40 LM was expected to sell for between $2 million and $2.5 million in 2015.
13. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa
Estimated value or price: $39.8 million
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa is just one of 34 ever built, according to Shibarshin and AutoBlog. Other than racing around the world and gathering numerous wins, the car was known for its impeccable styling.
Today, the Testarossa is worth tens of millions of dollars. In fact, an unrestored 250 Testarossa traded hands in 2014 for nearly $40 million, reports AutoBlog.
14. 1970 Porsche 917K
Estimated value or price: $10 to $20 million
This is the car that put Porsche on the Le Mans pedestal in 1970 and 1971, so it has an impressive racing pedigree for collectors, said Shibarshin.
“Now they are valued anywhere from $10 to $20 million, depending on the models, race wins and current condition,” he said.
15. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Estimated value or price: $38 million
Considered by many collectors to be the holy grail of classic cars, the 250 GTO was one of Ferrari’s most successful race cars, said Shibarshin. It’s also pretty rare; only 39 were built, reports both Forbes and the Los Angeles Times.
A 250 GTO was sold for $38 million at auction in 2014, making it the most valuable in the world at the time, reported Forbes.
16. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
Estimated value or price: $14.3 million
Zagato is one of the world’s best-known coachbuilders. Since 1919, the company has created some of the most beautiful and memorable cars, said Shibarshin. And that includes the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.
“Just 19 cars were [produced], and one example offered for sale last year sold for $14.3 million,” he said.
17. Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Estimated value or price: $3 million-plus
This Italian beauty is tough to value since one almost never comes up for sale, said Car Sumo’s Barazi.
But since only 18 were made, he expects the price would be much higher than past estimates of $3 million. According to Alfa Romeo Hall of Legends, this car icon’s launch price was 10 million Italian lira, which was one of the highest prices on the market.
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With a 1,995 cc V8 engine, the 33 Stradale had a top speed of 160 mph and could go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds.
18. 1960 Porsche Abarth 356B Carrera GTL
Estimated value or price: N/A
Here’s a Porsche that even most Porsche enthusiasts might not know about, said Barazi.
“Porsche collaborated with the Italian car manufacturer Abarth to build the Carrera GTL,” he said. “Only about 20 were made … and at the time sold for [an estimated] $6,500.”
In 1985, one was put up for sale in Road & Track magazine by a Swedish owner for $105,000, reports CarBuildIndex.com. But other than that, a value isn’t well established, said Barazi.
19. 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
Estimated value or price: $4.62 million
The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is one of the most iconic cars ever produced and was an immediate hit when it was released, said Barazi.
“The 300SL was the most technologically advanced vehicle to hit the market in the ‘50s,” he claimed. And if you really want rare, try the aluminum alloy version, one of which was sold for $4.62 million in 2012, reported AutoBlog.
20. 1957 Jaguar XKSS
Estimated value or price: $1.5 million to $1.6 million
Even if you’re not a car enthusiast, you’ll recognize the Jaguar brand. You might even remember that a few appeared in “James Bond” films. But this model was popularized by Steve McQueen, whose Jaguar XKSS is estimated to be worth $30 million, reported car blog Jalopnik in 2014.
“It’s based off of the Jaguar D-Type race car and came about as a result of Jaguar pulling out of competitive motorsports at the time,” said Barazi. Jaguar converted the D-Types to street legal versions.
In April 2016, CNN reported Jaguar will be resurrecting the supercar, building nine new XKSS’s that will have the same specification as those made in 1957. The expected price is about $1.5 million to $1.6 million.
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21. 1998 McLaren F1 LM
Estimated value or price: $13.75 million
In 2015, this car was auctioned off for nearly $14 million, reports Business Insider, making it a coveted car indeed.
“The LM was built to commemorate McLaren’s ‘95 victory at Le Mans with the F1 GTR,” said Barazi. “In fact, McLaren also captured the third, fourth, fifth and 13th positions during the race and decided to build five limited-edition F1 LMs for each GTR that had a finishing position.”
22. 2008 Maybach Exelero
Estimated value or price: $8 million
“The Exelero combines the first-class experience you’d expect from a limo with the performance characteristics of a high-end sports car,” said Barazi.
If you’re a Jay Z fan, you might even recognize the Maybach Exelero from the “Lost One” music video, reports Complex magazine.
23. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Estimated value or price: $451,000 or more
Here’s one of the most sought-after American muscle cars ever built, according to Barazi.
What makes this bundle of power so attractive? First, this model featured an all-aluminum engine. Plus, said Barazi, there were only 69 ever made, which is why he believes that one today would fetch more than the nearly $500,000 one attracted in 2012, according Barrett-Jackson collector car auctions.
Barazi and other experts say it could be close to a million if offered now. But if you’re strapped for cash — or just don’t want to spend millions on a car — you might want to consider a car that costs only a few hundred dollars a month instead.
Please note some specific models mentioned in the article might not be pictured.
This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.