Rarest and Most Expensive Classic Cars

The president of an Illinois-based banquet and catering company, Jeffrey Bussean is responsible for managing administrative staff. Since starting his career 40 years ago, he has created such private event venues as the Grand Ballroom and Chateau Bu-Sche’. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Jeffrey Bussean maintains an interest in classic cars.

According to the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), a classic car is any automobile produced between 1925 and 1948, but many cars outside of those years are deemed “classic.” Following are some of the rarest and most expensive classic cars that align with the CCCA’s definition.

1. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe: originally produced with the intention of selling the car to royalty, the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe experienced lower demand than expected due to the Great Depression. As a result, only six vehicles were ever made and the car is estimated to hold a value in the $20 million range.

2. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK: with only around 30 to 35 cars of this model produced, the 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK was the last car designed by Ferdinand Porsche before he left the company and began producing his own cars. A nearly all-original car of this model most recently commanded nearly $7.4 million at auction.

3. Jaguar XK120: coming out just a few years after the end of World War II, the Jaguar XK120 was one of the first post-war sports cars produced. With fewer than 250 original models made, it was the fastest production car in the world when it was released, reaching a top speed of 120 miles per hour.