All great cars do not come from America, but from various countries around the world. Are you enough of an automotive fan to guess where these cars are from just by looking at an image?
This is one of the most iconic vehicles to be manufactured by the legendary automotive company, Ferrari. It was developed by Giotto Bizzarrini and completed by Mauro Foghieri and Sergio Scaglietti. It rose to prominence in 2014 when it was sold at a public auction for $32 million - the most expensive car ever sold at such a function.
This rare racer was made by Mercedes Benz with the intention of winning the FL World Championship, which it succeeded with nine victories under its wheels. It was made in Germany, a country known for its precise workmanship and engineering. However, production of this car came to a screeching halt a few years later and currently only ten are in existence: six are held by Mercedes Benz, three in museums and one privately owned.
The Ferrari 290 MM was originally used as bait to attract the interest of Juan Manuel Fangio to be the race car driver for Ferrari in the 1956 World Sportscar Championship. Fangio desired a vehicle with good power and handling and this was granted to him with the car’s 3.5 liter putting out 320 horsepower. The 290 MM won the championship in two consecutive years. This car also took part in the Mille Miglia of that same year with the full Ferrari roster for that year.
The jaguar D-Type is often said to be the most beautiful race car of all time. It was brought into production from 1954 to 1957. It emerged the winner at Le Mans in 1956, no doubt due to its aerodynamic shape and its 3.8 liter v6 engine producing 250HP.
This 1963 Corvette Stingray is automobile heaven to many an American male. Enough said.
The Ferrari 335S Spider is a legendary race car that took part in many prestigious competitions, such as Sebring 12 Hours, 24 Heures du Mans and the Mille Miglia, the latter which is held in the car’s home country, Italy. It placed second in Millie Miglia, which was an endurance race through the Italian countryside.
Created as a need to break into the GT racing world of Europe, this American-made vehicle was one of Ferrari’s biggest rivals in the 1960s. The iconic blue and white coupe model of the Cobra was built with features including Ford 289 cubic inch V8. It would become the only American car to beat a Ferrari in Europe in a racing world championship.
During the Great Depression era, there were very few stylish vehicles from which to choose, with MG and their small and nimble offerings and Bugatti with their fast, innovative, but huge vehicles. Alfa Romero, however, captured both aspects with the invention of the 8c 2900 Lungo Spider. This machine captured the fashionable folk with its beauty and enticed the speed-hungry with a 180HP inline 8 cylinder engine with two roots superchargers attached. This vehicle was made for the elite and only 12 of them were created.
The Rolls Royce has the reputation of being one of the finest made automobiles in the world due in part to its quality, power and reliability. At its peak, the Corgi represented elegance and classic quality and appealed to young men and women. The 40/50HP was fitted with a low-pressure lubrication to the main and connected the rod big end bearings and gudgeon pins. This new engine allowed for 50 brake horsepower and adequate torque to accelerate from 3 to 4 mph and a top speed of 60 mph in top gear very smoothly.
The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is famous not only for its racing ability but also because it was the first Testa Rossa created. It was made for the 1957 Nurburgring 1000 kms but was defeated by the Aston Martin DBR1. Don’t be fooled though, this race car is very accomplished and won the Le Mans 24 Hour races 1958 - 1961. This placed Ferrari at center stage in the motorsports world.
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a special edition DB4 that was showcased for the first time at the London Motor Show in 1960. The distinguishing attributes of this car are its light weight, 314 horsepower engine, tasteful curves and body line changes done by the coachbuilders at the world famous Zagato Design Studios. The DB4 Zagato also had the highest stop speed of any car at the time at 153.3 mph.
With an estimated price tag of $5,500,000 - $7, 500,000, the Bobtail was created by W.O Bentley with the capacity of a 3-liter engine and an increase bore of 100mm diameter, and a shortened stroke of 140mm which gave the engine a capacity of 4,398 cc. Features of the engine also included double valves, dual ignition, and twin carburetors. This Bentley tipped the scales at 3,583 lbs. A total of 720 of these models were built.
This automobile is the grandfather of the modern-day supercars. The LM specification that was developed and built by lazzini Designs was an upgrade from the normal F1. A front splitter and a rare wing for more added downforce, 80 more horsepower was added to the vehicle allowing it to have 680hp. The performance figures that this car was producing in 1998 was unheard of, making the F1 LM a force to be reckoned with.
One of the simplest and effective ways to create a vehicle in limited time is to place a big engine in a small car. The 260 Cobra is the epitome of that notion, with its 4.3L V8 pushing out 260HP and its light weight of 1,134 kg. The 260 Cobra is the brainchild of Carol Shelby, revolutionary in the automotive world who created his legacy when he first built the car in 1962.
Out of the fifty-three models of this car which were made, only three lightweight variations were built. This car was set out to be innovative and it succeeded in its goal, being one of the first vehicles to race with disc brakes. It was put to the test at the 1953 Le Mans 24 Heures and completed the race in first, second and fourth place. Due to this innovation, the C type was the first race car with an average speed of 100mph at the Le Mans 24-hour race.
The 540k was Mercedes Benz’s high-end roadster, that debuted at the 1936 Paris Motor Show. The eye-catching lines were made by Friedrich Geiger. It was a stylish invention but also powerful and comfortable. Its synchromesh gearbox and vacuum assisted breaks also help it reach its highest speed of 110mph and still stop with ease.
No road car is as capable than a homologation special, and the 250 LM is that car. It was homologated to replace the GTO in 1963 and to compete in the prototype class for the Le Mans 24 Hour. When it debuted that same year at the Paris automobile show, it won the overall championship which increased its value tenfold. It was driven by members of the North American Racing Team, such as Ed Hugus, Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt.
Following a bad business deal, Ford was aiming to gain its respect again as a reputable company. They found it in the Le Mans 24 Heures with the GT40. Ferrari was dominating Le Mans around that time and Ford, determined to defeat them, was successful in the race with a 1-2-3 finish. With a huge 7 liter v8 that put out massive power for the time.
The Bugatti type 55 is the road legal version of the type 54 race car but this car also competed in other races, such as the Mille Miglia. This car was incredibly light, weighing only 816kg and also had a very short wheelbase giving it impeccable handling. In 2013, the car was restored in its entirety by Marque Authority Laurent Rondoni.
The Model J is how elite Americans moved about in the roaring twenties. It was made by the Duesengberg Motors Company in 1931 before their closure in 1937 due to the Great Depression.The crafty coach builders at Murphy gave this car a statement unlike any other. The model J had an engine to match, with an 7 liter inline 8 engine and a supercharger that ade it one of the fastest cars of its time with a speed of 119mph.
One of the most iconic and successful Le Mans prototype racers to ever compete is this 1982 Porsche. This car was first showcased in 1982 at the Silverstone 6-hour race. The 956 went on to win a 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans and won the World Endurance Championship races at Spa, Fuji and Brands Hatch.
Seven hundred and ten models were made from 1934 to 1940, using the new innovative designs of Jean Bugatti. Type 57c used a modified version of the twin cam engine that Type49 uses. This new type had superchargers as standard, hence the C in the name which stands for “Compresseur” and they were the top end of the 57 range and mainly sold to Bugatti fans.
This luxurious masterpiece evoked royalty, with its body lines and smooth interior. It is slightly longer and heavier than the Rolls Royce we know of today, making it one of the largest cars worldwide. The price was also adjusted for inflation, selling at $458,000 and making it the most expensive luxury vehicle if it were sold today.
This was one of the greatest racing cars of the pre-war era. This 330 horsepower supercharged Alfa Romeo was built to take on the might of the German car Fleet- the Silver Arrow Mercedes-Benz W25E. German race car drivers such as Bernd Rosemeyer and Rudi Caracciola drove The Silver Arrow but were no match for Tazio Nuvolari and his team who emerged victorious.
The 375 mm is a race car made for the Mille Miglia in 1953, hence the mm in its name. It had a 4.5 litre V12 engine which was relatively big for the time. However, this car is one of the twelve 375mm Spiders made and it has unique fenders made of pontoon.
Speed and elegance are the key words to describe the 57sc Atlantic. It was one of Jen Bugatti’s many designs and highly regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. It had a supercharger attached to the car engine that can produce 200 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful vehicles of its time with a top speed of 120 miles per hour.
This 20th-century race car won the 1995 GTI championship after just three months of alterations and also won the 24 Heures du Le Mans in its first race. McLaren Fl, which manufactured by McLaren Automotive based in England, has a speed of 386.4 km/h (240.1 mph), making it the world’s fastest production cars.
With its 340 horsepower 5 liter V12 engine, this car had no hiccups when it came to speed. It was one of the traditional Grand Touring cars with a front engine rear wheel drive layout. This car didn't see much action though, competing only in the Carrera Panamanian road race. Only four of these cars were made, raising the value significantly.
Mercedes Benz 680 s is a highly customizable vehicle at the ending of the age of horse-driven carriages. It that was made by renowned coach builders such as Carrosseeie J. Saoutchik. Exotic materials such as hides from Alpina and Purpleheart wood were incorporated into the design of the car’s interior and exterior.
This vehicle was made with Ferrari’s interpretation of what America should be. This 340 Barchetta had the biggest engine, a 4.1 liter V12 pushing out 217 horsepower, and was one of the first American series cars.
The type C was a successful race car in the Le Mans 24 hours in 1951, where it was driven by Stirling Moss and won its first race. The car has components of the XK120, such as the tubular frame and running gear that was designed by William Heynes. It remains unrestored, with its 3.4 twin cam Stright 6 engine and only 43 of the 53 cars made were sold privately.
This model Mercedes Benz car features a high- door, long-tail and an exposed spare wheel, inclusive of built-in tires in the rear deck. This model vehicle was delivered to Sir John Chubb but changed ownership several times after the war. The 540K Special Roadster gained the achievement of Automobile Club National First Place award in 1987 and gained a place in Bernie Ecclestone Collection in 1995, later being sold by RM/Sotheby’s in 2007. The Special Roadster went for $US 8,252, 201.
Holding the accolade of breaking the Brookland’s outer circuit lap record in 1931, the Blower has the reputation of being a true motorsport vehicle. It was owned by famous horseracing and motorsport personality Dorothy Paget. The price for the ‘Blower’ is US $7,906,745 .
Ferrari introduced the 250 model competition car in 1953 and built 12 similar models in 1966 that were identified as single cam competition Berlinettas. They were built specifically for racing in 1966 during the racing season. The 112 models were all equipped with transaxle and paper thin Scaglietti bodies and a unique lightweight chassis with special 250 LM -type engines.
Bugatti’s successful Type 57 family offered a sportier car to users and this made it a very successful model. The 1959 Bugatti 57S is powered by a 3.3 liter with 170 horsepower and gained recognition by performing successfully in the European racing circuit. Only 42 Type 57S models were built, with one of only three Vanvooren Cabriolets remaining.
This German built car was crafted to be as classically beautiful as it was powerful. This model boasted a shorter wheelbase than previous Mercedes-Benz SS models and is supercharged with nearly 300 horsepower. It gets to a top speed of 120mph. The Benz 38/250 SSK has many accolades under its belt, including a string of victories at the legendary Grand Prix and also winning best in Show at Pebble Beach. The price tag for this model is $7.4 million.
Making its debut at the Paris Auto Salon in 1904 this Rolls Royce holds the title of being the most expensive Rolls Royce ever purchased. This is the fourth Rolls Royce that was ever built and it can be described as a luxurious carriage backed by a two-cylinder engine under the hood that offers 10 horsepower. It is beautifully crafted and is the oldest Rolls Royce that can be bought. It has a price tag of $7.25 million.
This car is equipped with 2.9 liter inline 8 engine, a gear driven supercharger with 180HP and a four-wheel mechanical drum. The 8C 2300 Monza won a myriad of races, including its debut at the 1931 Eireann Cup Sport Nazionale Championship.
Recognized as the first model of the iconic 250 GT line is the 1953 Ferrari 250 MM. This model was used extensively as a racing car during the 1950s. In its design, Ferrari showed a more conventional chassis with the new 250 engine, smaller grille and compact tail coupled with a panoramic view in the rear window.
Developed during the art deco era, the T150C shape resembled that of a teardrop. These voluptuous designs were first seen in 1953 on the Delahaye 135 chassis as a direct response to the Mercedes-Benz 540 K Autobahnkurier launch.
The last Ferrari to win at the Le Mans 24 Heures, was the 250 LM, which was specifically made for this race, hence the name. This 250 was a huge upgrade from previous versions, with its 320HP 3.3 liter V12. It was a victorious race car due to its great balance between power and handling. However, the Italian manufacturers only built 35 of these cars.
This hybrid sports car is a limited edition built by Ferrari and auctioned off for $7 million, making it the most valuable automobile of the 21st century to be sold at auction. This model weighs under 1000 kg and only 499 cars have been produced, costing 1 million US each to build.
Efforts to beat Ferrari in the racing world led to the development of the 195 Ford GT40, making this vehicle extremely rare and extremely sought after. The price tag is $7 million at auction for this rare beauty.
Also known as ‘Coupe des Alpes’ after gaining success in the Alpine Rally, this vehicle was built by the decision of Delahaye to produce more sportier cars. It boasted a 3.2 liter overhead valve, straight six with a four-bearing crankshaft. Other features of the car include single carburetor and 76 horsepower, independent leaf spring front suspension and cable operated Bendix brakes.
This was the sixth model car built by Bugatti with the chassis no. 41150, known as Berline de Voyage. Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan sold his Bugatti Royale for $8,000,000, which was less than the original purchase cost. The Royale is regarded as one of the best designs by Jean Bugatti and this particular model was the first one to be fixed with a roadster body. This unit remains a star at the Musee National de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, France.
Having only produced six of these model 166 MM Berlinetta Le Mans, Ferrari saw a great improvement of earlier models with this design. The 16 MM was heavier than previous models but also performed at a higher speed range. The body of the 166 MM was crafted by Superleggera and made of aluminum.
Built with a robust chassis, large finned drum brakes and double wishbone front suspension alongside the V12 engine is the Ferrarri250 GT Cabriolet. This model car was always almost custom made for the discerning driver who requires an open-air vehicle.