First off, lets start with the Lamborghini Reventon. If it was not enough for Lamborghini to already appeal to the wealthy, a limited production run of twenty-one of these models were produced. Twenty-one units is already a very limited number, especially in comparison to the just below 4,100 Murcielagos(predecessor to the Adventador) which were built over the time span of five years.
Of the 21 vehicles produced, one vehicle was just made for museum purposes, leaving the remaining twenty to be purchased for two-million dollars each. The Lamborghini Reventon is equipped with a 6.5 liter V-12 engine, which enables the vehicle to top out at 221.2mph.
One of the more rare and most exciting muscle cars, I would like you to meet the 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. The low number of vehicles made(652), due to the nine-hundred dollar option to equip the car with the infamous Hemi engine, set this car up to become a future classic. Of the 652 vehicles produced, fourteen were convertibles. In a 2007 auction, a Hemi Cuda convertible sold for 2.2 million dollars.
In today's dollars, nine-hundred dollars for an option would be just a drop in the bucket, but when the Hemi Cudas were in production, nine-hundred dollars was nearly a third of the price of the vehicle. Buyers normally opted to get the trim package which cost two-hundred-fifty dollars more(650 dollars less than the Hemi) than sticker for the 440 Six Pack. The engine put out 35 horsepower less than the Hemi with nearly the same torque output.
If you are anything like myself, you are probably doing a double-take thinking this car could not actually be a production model let alone a collector's piece. First off, there were only two of these six-wheeled cars produced during the 1970s; one in black and one in white. The Panther Super Six was equipped with a mid-mounted, 8.2 liter, twin turbocharged Cadillac V-8 engine which was said to boost the car past 200 miles per hour.
The Panther Super Six was created with complete secrecy in the garage of Panther's owner, Robert Jankel. The Super Six made its debut at the U.K.'s 1977 Motor Fair Show. The two cars are still in existence with the location of one being in the Middle East and the other made an appearance at the 2008 NEC Classic Car Show.
The Ferrari 250 GTO was first introduced between the years of 1962 and 1964 with only 39 productions being created. The 250 GTO was produced as a grand tourer(GT), which is a high performance luxury vehicle specifically designed for long distance driving. When the GTO was first released, the original price tag was $18,000. Even if you had the money, approval was still needed from founder Enzo Ferrari and his dealer for North America, Luigi Chinetti before buyers would receive the keys.
Between the years of 1970 and 1980, the value of classic cars jumped dramatically. During a 1987 FBI auction, a 250 GTO was seized, from now deceased drug dealer, Robert C. Murray, sold for $1.6 million dollars. As recently as May 2012, a 1962 GTO was sold in a private transaction to cell phone pioneer, Craig McCaw for an astounding $35 million dollars.
The 1948 Tucker sedan, originally named the Tucker Torpedo due to its torpedo like rear end, was a unique automobile of its time with an extremely limited production of 51 vehicles. The small number of production vehicles were not planned to be limited, but to the closure of Tucker Automotives on March 3rd, 1948. Closure of the independent automotive company came from negative media publicity as well an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for stock fraud.
The 1948 Tucker Sedan was a rear-engine, rear wheel drive vehicle which produced 166 horsepower with 372 foot-pounds of torque. The '48 sedan was able to go zero-60 in 10 seconds and reach a top speed of 120mph, making the Tucker one of the fastest vehicles of its era.
On January 21, 2007, the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 made auction history for an American car for taking $5.5 million at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction. The Cobra which sold at the Barrett Jackson Auction was originally one of twenty-three Cobra competition roadsters which was transformed into a street legal roadster. Only two of these 800 horsepower, street legal vehicles were produced. One being owned by Carroll Shelby himself as his daily driver and the other was produced for comedian Bill Cosby, who later sold the vehicle for having too much power.
"When I built this dual supercharged 427 Cobra in 1966, I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road" Shelby stated on the Barrett-Jackson website. "Forty-years later, it will still kick the tail of just about anything in the world. It's the fastest street legal Cobra I've ever owned." The car has been said to go 0-60 in just over three seconds.