Retro cars are notoriously expensive. Mainly because they are rare. The rarity is so great that some of them have survived in the amount of only a few copies, and even the richest and most powerful cannot get their hands on the coveted cars. If you already have the necessary capital in your bank account to become an avid vintage car collector, then here are the models to get you started. Each one is a masterpiece and a work of art.
The first road sports car, designed by the legendary Ferdinand Porsche as part of his own brand, was still primarily a racing car. Actually, they were most often used in competitions. The car was produced in two bodies: a closed coupe and an open spider. All spiders had special circles on the sides where the owners had to place their racing numbers.
The most famous Porsche 550 owner was James Dean, who painted the number 130 on the sides of his car. The actor planned to race his sports car, but crashed just five days before the race. On the same Porsche 550 with red leather interior, which he bought a few days before the tragedy.
The racing Mercedes SSK was the last car that Ferdinand Porsche designed while he was an employee. Although less than 40 cars were produced, the SSK has become one of the most iconic cars in history. At the same time, about half of the models were produced specifically for performances at competitions, and these cars have always been one of the favorites.
Unfortunately, after the races and the Second World War, only five copies survived – all the rest were broken or became donors for more “happy” cars. As a result, Mercedes-Benz SSKs have become some of the most expensive and rare cars in the world.
Now only sophisticated motorists know about this automaker, and in the first half of the 20th century it was one of the leaders in the French automotive industry, specializing in luxury cars. But after the Second World War, the luxury segment was not in great demand and the company could not survive the market decline. But before they closed, Delahaye released a series of luxurious 175 models, which received, as was customary at the time, unique bodies.
The most beautiful of them is the 175 S Roadster Saoutchik, the appearance of which was developed by the body shop of Jacques Sochik (Yakov Savchuk). The shape of the car gave the impression that the car was literally flying over the road. This 175 S roadster was so spectacular that it still wins awards for its appearance and wins in automobile beauty contests.