BY SANDY LAW AND KARINA PARK

BUGATTI TYPE 57S ATLANTIC

The Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic was produced only four times with two surviving today in their original conditions. One is in the collection of Ralph Lauren and the other with Dr. Peter Williamson, who has the greatest Bugatti collection in the world. The Atlantic is among the most sought after and valuable cars. It sports a beautiful aerodynamic body that was developed in the aeronautical industry with light but strong materials. It was based on the Aerolithe, which allowed the body panels to be riveted, which was its signature. Image: designyoutrust.com

FERRARI 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO was produced from 1962-1964, a total of 39 produced with Series I, II and II. The 250 GTO was one of the last front-engine cars at the top level of sports racing. In 2004, it placed eighth on the list of “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s” and was nominated top sports car of all time. Image: wheelsage.org

ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL

The 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental was designed for a sporting customer who would rather drive himself than get chauffeured. Its 144-inch wheelbase offers a high level of driving performance, with distinct bodywork.

MERCEDES BENZ 540K SPECIAL ROADSTER

Only 26 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadsters were produced with the best engineering and craftsmanship at Mercedes-Benz. The 540K were a flagship of Mercedes-Benz and were built individually to cater to each customer’s needs. This is one of the company’s masterworks that shows how luxurious Mercedes-Benz really is.

1968 FORD GT 40 GULF MIRAGE

The 1968 Ford GT 40 Gulf Mirage lightweight racecar held the world record at the time when it was sold for $11 million at a 2011 auction in Monterey. In the 1971 Le Mans film, it was used as a camera car with Steve McQueen, the actor who drastically increased its value. It has since had an interesting lifespan on the tracks, surviving vintage racing events.

DUESENBERG MODEL J MURPHY BODIED COUPE

The Duesenberg Model J Murphy-Bodied Coupe also makes it on the list of top 10 most expensive cars sold at an auction, in 2011 for $10.3 million. The Model J is a special Frank Hershey-designed with a Pasadena-constructed body built that drives like a truck. The straight eight-model motor was from the company’s racing engines in the 1920s designed by the Duesenberg. Image: hemmings.com

ASTON MARTIN DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 (top image) is recognized as the cinematic James Bond car that appeared in the film Goldfinger (1964), one of the popular early Bond films. The DB5 is a luxury grand tourer made by Aston Martin and designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Image: Daniel Craig/Skyfall/Columbia Pictures

FERRARI 250 GT CALIFORNIA LWB COMPETIZIONE SPYDER

The Ferrari California Spider alone is one of the most desirable sports cars. The Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder is one of the nine cars that boast an all-alloy body and long wheelbase. Because of this, the car ranges between $7-9 million. Image: photo-voiture.motorlegend.com

1964 SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA COUPE

The 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe is the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation. The Daytona Coupe won the International Manufacturer’s GT Championship in 1965, the first time an American manufacturer won an international race series. Image: Simeone Museum

ALFA ROMEO P3 TIPO B

The Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B was a classic Grand Prix car designed by Vittorio Jano, the first single-seat Grand Prix racing car. The P3 was built to last longer for race distances, powered by a supercharged eight-cylinder engine. The car was very light for the period, at over 1,500 pounds, even with a cast iron engine block. Image: silodrome.com

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