Sleek, sexy and supercharged, todays luxury vehicles ooze up-to-the-minute modernity. However when it comes to the ultimate in timeless elegance vintage wheels reign supreme. Here are some of our favourites that are guaranteed to make you swoon!
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
With the latest auction exceeding the US$12 million mark this beautiful vintage ‘red head’ is seriously exclusive. There are just 22 on the planet, with models originally manufactured as GT race cars designed to compete in speed contests such as The 24 Hours of Le Mans. Featuring a 3 litre V12 engine, 300 horsepower drive and 8,000 rpm redline this car was a pioneer of its day.
1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner
There are just six of these in existence which results in an eye watering price tag of US$9.8 million. Exclusive, expensive and ultra-luxurious, in its heyday the 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner was designed to be the fastest car on earth. It boasts a massive 12.7 litre straight-eight engine as well as a wheelbase of over 15 feet in length. What a beast!
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Stylish and elegant, this two seat convertible is the epitome of pre-war extravagance. Its 17 foot long body makes quite the impression while the oversized headlights and swooping fenders give it a seriously suave look. You’ll pay for its exclusivity though, with the latest 1937 Mercedes-Benz selling for US$8.2 million.
1904 Rolls-Royce 10 HP
Rolls-Royce manufactured just 17 of these cars so if you want one to grace your garage you’ll have to search high and low. You’ll also need to have a cool US$7.3 million at your disposal. Then you’ll be the proud owner of one of the oldest Rolls-Royce automobiles in existence! While its 1.8 litre twin cylinder engine may seem humble today in its time this car was considered a true feat of modern engineering.
1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe
Engineered as the US race car that would infiltrate the European dominated GT racing scene, the 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe was designed for speed. Want to get behind the wheel? It’ll set you back US$7.25 million and you’ll have to track down one of the six models in existence. Good luck!
Of course, any mechanic or motor trader that deals with exclusive vintage vehicles should ensure they’re covered by a comprehensive motor trade insurance policy. Otherwise, just one scratch could cost you thousands!