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AUTOMOBILECOLLECTING You must get to where you’re going and you MUST do it in Swordfish style which means you can not succumb to the normals of a Mercedes-Benz (a taxi in ½ the world) We will begin with automobiles as artistic visions or sculptured elegant steel to be cherished almost as much as your spouse! Autos evoke emotions no other engineered apparatus can… Planes aren’t the same\ Yachts they’re not\ The ever driving love of an auto\ cannot be stopped.

Driving or being chauffeured in vehicles is a necessary luxury in our everyday lives in the 21st century. We will explore both, the decisions made about driving everyday cars and the vehicles who have ascended to the rarified air of cult status or to be placed on pedestals and admired for sheer beauty. Consider the quality expectations for your upcoming purchase. Antique and collectible cars are usually put into six rating categories based on their physical appearance, mechanical operations and authenticity. The rating system usually encompassesthe following categories:


1.

EXCELLENT: A car with a high quality professional restoration or a near prefect original car without modifications. A car in this class is rarely driven, usually transported in an enclosed trailer, and often stored in a climate-controlled garage.

2.

FINE OR VERY GOOD: A car considered for this category may be a well- restored or a very-fine original specimen that's just not as perfect as one that might be rated as "excellent." It is rare that cars in this category are driven more than 1000 miles each year.

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GOOD: A car in this category is the most common purchase. From twenty feet away it may look nearperfect, but upon closer inspection minor wear-and-tear will be apparent. This car may have undergone an older restoration or it may be all original, but it should be rust-free and in good mechanical order.

4.

FAIR: A "fair" rated car may be someone's everyday vehicle. Restoration may be needed, but isn't immediately necessary for run-of-the-mill transportation needs.

5.

POOR: This is a "project car" that needs a major restoration. It may or may not be running.

6.

JUNKER AND/OR PARTS CAR: This vehicle is inoperable, but may be somewhat valuable to owners of the same make and model for spare parts.


1925 Bugatti Brescia 22 Roadster ($9 million lake find)

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THEHISTORYOFAUTOMOBILES


The Veteran Era The automotive Brass Era is the first period of automotive manufacturing, named for the prominent brass fittings used during this time for such things as lights and radiators. It extends from the first commercial automobiles marketed in the 1890suntil around the time of World War I. Although the modern touring car had been invented earlier, it was not until Panhard et Levassor's Système Panhard was widely licensed and adopted that recognizable and standardized automobiles were created. This system specified front-engine, rear-wheel drive, internal combustion engine cars with a sliding gear transmission as we know them today. By 1906, steam car development had advanced, and they were among the fastest road vehicles of that period. Throughout this era, development of automotive technology was rapid, due in part to hundreds of small manufacturers competing to gain the world's attention. Key developments included the electric ignition system (Robert Bosch), independent suspension (Bollée), four-wheel brakes (Arrol-Johnston Company) and safety glass (John Wood) also made its debut. Between 1907 and 1912 in the United States, the high-wheel motor buggy was in its heyday, with over seventy-five makers. In 1912, Hupp 1885 Benz Motorwagen (in the U.S., supplied by Hale & Irwin) and BSA (in the UK) pioneered the use of all-steel bodies, joined in 1914 by Dodge who produced the Model “T” bodies which would revolutionize the entire industry.

The BrassEra

The first production of automobiles was by Karl Benz in 1888 in Germany. The Top Speed was a neck snapping 28.0 mph. By 1900, mass production of automobiles had begun in France and the United States. The first company formed exclusively to build automobiles was Panhard et Levassor in France, which also introduced the first four-cylinder engine. Formed in 1889, Panhard was quickly followed by Peugeot two years later. By the start of the 20th century, the automobile industry was beginning to take off in western Europe, especially in France, where 30,204 were produced in 1903, representing 48.8%of world automobile production that year. In the United States, brothers Charles and Frank Duryea founded the Duryea Motor Wagon Company in 1893, becoming the first American automobile manufacturing company. However, it was Ransom E. Olds and his Oldsmobile who would dominate this era of automobile production. Its large scale production line was running in 1902. The Thomas B. Jeffery Company developed the world's second mass produced automobile and 1,500 Ramblers were built and sold in its first year, representing one-sixth of all existing in the U.S. at the time. Within a year, Cadillac, Winton, and Ford were also producing cars in the thousands.


The vintage car is commonly defined as a car built between the start of 1919 and the end of 1930 known as the "Vintage era". There’s no debate the start date of the vintage period—the end of World War I. Some consider the start of World War II to be the end date of the vintage period. The vintage era in the automotive world was a time of transition. In the intervening years, most industrialized states built nationwide road systems with the result that, towards the end of the period, the ability to negotiate unpaved roads was no longer a prime consideration of automotive design. Cars became much more practical, convenient and comfortable during this period. Car heating was introduced, as was the in-car radio. Power steering was also an innovation of this era. Towards the end of the vintage era, the system of octane rating of fuel was introduced, allowing comparison between fuels. In 1923 the gasoline additive Ethyl made its debut at the Indy 500 that resulted in a boost in octane from the 50's to the 80's In the United States drive-in restaurants were introduced as well as suburban shopping centers and motels. Alfred P. Sloan and Harley Earl of General Motors, and Walter P. Chrysler capitalized on advertising the automobile’s role in the life of the consumer for more than just the utilitarian value compared with the horse. The stock market crash of 1929 started the layoff of automotive workers and many new companies went bankrupt but over two million cars were still produced in 1929 and 1930. Horatio Earle, known as the "Father of good roads" had proposed the government create an Interstate highway system in 1902 and in 1909 built the World's first mile of concrete road on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The Vintage Era

1911 Auburn


1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Pre-WWII Era

The pre-war era began with the Great Depression in 1930, and ended with the recovery after World War II, commonly placed at 1948. It was in this period that integrated fenders and fully-closed bodies began to dominate sales, with the new saloon/sedan body style even incorporating a trunk or boot at the rear for storage. The old open-top runabouts, phaetons, and touring cars were phased out by the end of the classic era as wings, running boards, and headlights were gradually integrated with the body of the car. By the 1930s, most of the mechanical technology used in today's automobiles had been invented, although some things were later "re-invented", and credited to someone else. For example, frontwheel drive was re-introduced by AndrĂŠ CitroĂŤn with the launch of the Traction Avant in 1934, though it had appeared several years earlier in road cars made by Alvis and Cord, and in racing cars by Miller. In 1930, the number of auto manufacturers declined sharply as the industry consolidated and matured, thanks in part to the effects of the Great Depression.


The modern era is normally defined as the 25 years preceding the current year. However, there are some technical and design aspects that differentiate modern cars from antiques. Without considering the future of the car, the modern era has been one of increasing standardization, platform sharing, and computer-aided designs. Along with body styles, interiors have changed in the modern era with luxury becoming commonplace and a prerequisite for a “nice” car. Sleek designs and sumptuous amenities by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Maserati to name a few have kept Italy at the forefront of supercar designs. Germany keeps a strong presence in the luxury market with the Mercedes-Benz and BMW badges. Asian automobiles in modern times have literally defined the family sedan with the likes of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima. Sport Utility Vehicles or SUV’s dominate the roads in America as this body style has been introduced during this era as it didn’t exist prior to 1984. The rise of pickup trucks in the United States, and SUVs worldwide has changed the face of motoring, with these "trucks" coming to command more than half of the world automobile market. The modern era has also seen rapidly rising fuel efficiency and engine output. Once the automobile emissions concerns of the 1970s were conquered with computerized engine management systems, power began to rise rapidly. In 1955 Cadillac Eldorado the 1980s, a powerful sports car might have produced 200 horsepower– just 20 years later, average passenger cars have engines that powerful, and some performance models offer three times as much power.

The Modern Era

Post War Era The United States saw the introduction of high-compression V8 engines and modern bodies from General Motors' Oldsmobile and Cadillac brands. In Italy, Enzo Ferrari was beginning his 250 series. Throughout the 1950s, engine power and vehicle speeds rose, designs became more integrated and artful, and cars spread across the world. The Japanese were put on wheels for the first time and the legendary Volkswagen Beetle survived Hitler's Germany to shake up the small-car market in the Americas. The trend for corporate consolidation reached Italy as niche makers like Maserati, Ferrari, and Lancia were acquired by larger companies. By the end of the decade, the number of automobile marquees had been greatly reduced. In America, performance became a prime focus of marketing, exemplified by pony and muscle cars. In 1953 the Corvette was introduced and in 1964 the popular Ford Mustang appeared. In 1967, Chevrolet released the Camaro to compete with the Mustang. The Muscle wars of the 60’s and 70’s created some of the most coveted cars in history


All inspiring vehicles built between 1925 and 1975 are what The Swordfish Society recognizes as the Refined Evolution Era. Pre-war French saloons & Italian racing cars are Swordfish favorites!


THECOLLECTIONMASTERS Rob Myers: Chairman & Founder of The RM Group of companies, Rob Myers’ entire career has been devoted to the classic car industry. Rob started his first restoration shop in a one-car garage in Chatham, Ontario, quickly developing a powerful reputation and strong following among car collectors across Canadaand the United States. As Rob’s reputation grew, so did his business, eventually partnering with Mike Fairbairn and Dan Warrener to expand their services and facilities beyond restoration into sales and auctions. Rob also has a strong interest in motorcycles, owning an impressive collection in addition to his notable assortment of classic cars. Rob’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and incredible business acumen led him to not only build a state-of-the-art Harley Davidson dealership in Chatham-Kent, but also renovate and restore a dilapidated section of historic downtown Chatham, transforming it into the Retro Suites, a stunning boutique hotel. Rob has successfully built his company into the world’s leading vintage automobile auction house, with offices across North America as well as a recent expansion into Europe, encompassing approximately 80 staff. Rob’s understanding of classic cars is unparalleled, and he continues to play a significant role as a Car Specialist for RM.

Craig Jackson: Chairman & CEO of The Barrett- Jackson Auction Company , is one of the world’s most respected car collector and restoration experts. During his tenure, Jackson has continued to solidify the company’s reputation as the premier automotive lifestyle entity on the planet. He is responsible for the renowned collector car events held in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Palm


Beach, Fla., as well as a growing multi-media empire that serves the collector car industry. Jackson comes from a family that has been an important part of the car collecting industry for over 37 years. His father Russ, and longtime friend and business partner Tom Barrett, founded the company in 1971. Jackson has shared his family’s passion for automobiles from a very early age, learning every aspect of both the collector car and restoration businesses as he climbed the corporate ladder. The result has been numerous Best of Show and First Place trophies, as well as an extensive education on classic car restoration. Craig Jackson’s dedication to family traditions, hobbyists and the collector car industry confirms the success of the Barrett-Jackson Auction and continues to offer spectators, consigners and buyers spectacular, world-class automotive lifestyle events.

James Knight: Group Head & Managing Director of The Bonhams' Motoring Department has overall responsibility for specialist collectors' motor car, motorcycle and automobilia auctions held throughout the world-wide Bonhams Group. James is an acknowledged expert having specialized in this subject since 1984. He has worked on, and co-ordinated, record-breaking collectors' motor car Auction Sales from the late 1980s to the present day. He personally handled the Holthusen Collection of Lagondas, the Leyba Collection of Aston Martins, The Autocar Collection of Gordon Crosby artwork, the Gerald Wingrove Collection of scale models, and the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Sale, plus most recently the Rosso Bianco Collection, to name but a few. James also acts as an adviser to a number of institutions that include car manufacturers, trusts and museums. James is an accomplished auctioneer, having been nominated as 'Auctioneer of the Year' for the British Antiques and Collectors Association. The highlight under his gavel being the World's oldest Rolls-Royce that dated from 1904 and


sold for over £3.5m. He is also a confirmed classic motor car enthusiast and is a member of the Vintage Sports Car Club, the Austin-Healey Owners Club, the Aston Martin Owners Club, The Royal Automobile Club and the Goodwood Road Racing Club. He also owns a 1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster and competes in historic motor sport with a 1955 Jaguar D-Type and 1958 Lotus 15 sports racing cars.

David Gooding: President & CEOof Gooding & Company, Inc a fairly new classic car auction house that has splashed on the scene with tremendous offerings. Gooding & Company is recognized the world over as a leading exotic and rare car auction house specializing in the finest antique, classic, sports and racing cars. They have consistently achieved record-breaking results including the highest exotic car sales at prestigious venues such as Pebble Beach, Scottsdale and Amelia Island. Not only is Gooding & Company committed to holding auctions of distinction, but they have also orchestrated many successful and significant private sales, provided accurate and detailed appraisals, guided estate planning and advised the custodians of some of the world’s finest automobile collections. They’re determined to present the highest quality consignments and operate with transparency and integrity in every aspect of our business.

You can collect Ferrari’s in any color you’d like… So long as it’s Red !


In having your barn yard Ferrari go from ashy to classy, partner with Pininfarina for restoration and engineering if you’re serious about a true Ferrari restoration project. Remember always seek a 12 cylinder although in our opinion 6 cylinder Dino’s and 8 cylinder 308’s are still hot. In starting a Ferrari collection you must understand that you’re going to pay through the nose to be the winner of these beauties and it’s going to take years of research, negotiation and outright rejection in assembling your bevy of beauties. Let’s take a look at your garage

1949

166 Spyder Corsas

$1.7 Million


Nine 166 Spider Corsas and three 166 Sports were built. The oldest Ferrari car with an undisputed pedigree still in existence is VIN#002C, a Model 166 Spider Corsa which was originally a 159 and is currently owned and driven by James Glickenhaus. #0052M, a 1950 166 MM Touring Barchetta was recently uncovered in a barn and was shown in public for the first time since 1959 in the August 2006 issue of the Ferrari magazine Cavallino.

1950

195 Inter

$400,000


The 195 Inter is a grand tourer produced by Ferrari in 1950. Introduced at the 1950 Paris Motor Show, it was similar to the 166 Inter shown a year earlier and was aimed at the same affluent clientele. Only 24 were produced.

1951

212 Export Spider

$3.2 Million


The Ferrari 212 Export was a racing Sports car produced by Ferrari in 1951 to replace the 195 S. Only twenty-eight 212 Export models were ever built and this price, forget red, we’ll take any color we can find.

1953

225 s Barchetta

$2.4 Million


A predecessor to the 250 line was the 225 Sintroduced at the 1952 Giro di Sicilia. Two of the two-seat sports prototypes were built, an open barchetta and closed coupe both by Vignale.

1954

250 GT TDF Berlinetta

$3.5 Million


1954

Ferrari 250 Monza

$1.7 Million

An unusual hybrid between the light four-cylinder 750 Monza and the 250 line was the 250 Monza of 1954. This model used the 250 engine in the short wheelbase chassis from the 750 Monza. The first two used the Pininfarina barchetta shape of the 750 Monza and a one-off 500 Mondial.


1964

Ferrari 250 LM

$6.9 Million


The 250 P evolved into a saleable mid-engined r for the public, the 250 Le Mans. Introduced at Paris in November, 1963, the LM was successful for privately-entered rs around the world. Notably, a 250 LM entered by the North American Racing Team won the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory, which remains as Ferrari's last overall victory in the endurance classic.

1964

Ferrari 500 Superfast

$850,000


37 cars were made to 1966, including 12 "series II" models with an updated 5-speed transmission.

1953

375 America Vignale

$1.1 Million


The 340 and 375 were expensive and exclusive - only about 40 were built from late 1951 through 1955.

1959

Ferrari 410 SuperAmerica Series III SWB $2.5 Million


The 410 SuperAmerica was built in three series: The first series consisted of 17 cars; the second series 6 cars. In 1958, Ferrari made major changes to the 410 engine and chassis, resulting in the Series III. The engine had a newly refined "outside plug" head and produced 400 hp, 40 more hp than the Series II.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder $10 Million


The Ferris Bueller Ferrari is very rare, very popular and very expensive. “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up!"


1962

Ferrari 250

$150,000


The 250 series of sports cars was Ferrari's most successful early line of vehicles, with several variants produced for over a decade from 1953 to 1964. The most celebrated 250 is the 1962 250 GTO,a true supercar that spawned numerous imitators. The 250 was eventually replaced by the 275 and the 330. A hundred and a half grand is not bad for a Ferrari of any kind so when you’re able to add one to the collection, go for it!

1964

250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

$600,000


The 250 GT Lusso debuted at the Paris Salon in October 1962. Styled by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, the Lusso combined -car looks with new standards of passenger comfort.

1965

Ferrari 275 GTB

$1.1 Million


Production of the 275 began in 1964 and wears the Pinin Farina-designed, Scaglietti-built coachwork. There are four variations of the model, depending on the length of the front of the coachwork and the number of engine camshafts. The GTB/2 is Ferrari's first attempt at employing four wheel independent suspension and a rear transaxle into a production car. All 235 built carried a 280 horsepower, 3.3 litre, twelve-cylinder.

1963

Ferrari 250 GTO

$30 Million


In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GTO eighth on a list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s, and nominated it the top sports car of all time. Similarly, Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the "Greatest Ferraris of all time". Ultra rare!


1972

Ferrari 246 Dino GT

$120,000


Sparking the 1970’s off with this classic Ferrari is a must for your collection at $120,000 you can’t pass it up!


1977 Ferrari 308 GTS


The Pininfarina designed Ferrari 308 debuted in 1975 and was immediately a success.The 308 is probably the most recognizable Ferrari in the history of the company. The vehicles performance, handling, and styling were phenomenal. A mainstay for any Ferrari collection.

1983

Ferrari Mondial t

$20,000


The “poor man’s Ferrari” is even sexy. Grab one of these horses for less than a Honda Civic.

1990

Ferrari Testarossa

$75,000


Testarossa means “redhead” in Italian. The car typifies the 'excess' decade of the 1980's. It is doubtful that Ferrari/Pininfarina will ever again make such a bold and controversial styling statement again. The ever famous air scoops on the side were at hit with customization shops throughout the 80’s. Magnum PI Original Set car

1984

Ferrari 308 GTS

$200,000

$40,000


There are 5 available throughout the world, find them and yee shall grow a mustache and move to Hawaii.

1995

Ferrari F50

$750,000


To be the model designed by the company to celebrate 50 years of automotive excellence bears a great weight of authority and respect. Not only would the Ferrari enthusiast seek to own the anniversary model, but even the novice, everyday citizen would long for one. Some models become classics just because of the purpose for which they were built. Commemorating Ferrari’s 50th year, this 12 cylinder is a must for any collection.

1995

Ferrari 900 Motorcycle

$360,000


There is only ONE“real” Ferrari motorcycle in the world this is it and its $360,000.


“I believe as cars being works of art…it’s technology, it’s mechanics, it’s details and to me that’s a special kind of art. I enjoy getting in the car, turning the key and moving…the beauty of the drive the beauty of the way it feels and at the same time the beauty of the look” Ralph Lauren

1963

Lamborghini 350 GT

$105,000


The beautiful 350 GT Lamborghini is a must to own $250,000-$350,000

1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV $1.3 Million


The car is widely considered to have begun the trend of high performance, two-seater, midengined sports cars. While the mid-engined layout had been used successfully in competition in cars such as the Ford GT40and Ferrari 250 LM at Le Mans, the Miura was the first viable road car sporting the layout. At launch, it was the fastest production road car available.


1988

Lamborghini Countach

$130,000


The Countach shape of angular and wedge-shaped body was made almost entirely of flat, trapezoidal panels. The scissor doors, a Countach trademark were hinged at the front with horizontal hinges, so that the doors lifted up and tilted forwards. The Countach's styling and visual impression caused it to become a 1980’s icon of great design.

1955 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta $1.6 Million


A beautiful car and great addition to the family. We love the huge Maserati trident emblem on the grill, like a Slick Rick medallion. A6GCS


1955 Maserati Berlinetta Pininfarina $1.7 Million

The Maserati A6G was produced from 1954 through 1957 with around 60 examples being created, many receiving custom bodywork from prestigious coachbuilders such as Zagato, Pininfarina, Vignale, and others. Good luck finding a collector who would part with one.


1967

Maserati Sebring

$80,000


Maserati Sebring was a 2-door coupÊ and convertible made by Maserati 1962–69. Based on the Maserati 3500, the Sebring was aimed at the American Gran Turismo market and nicknamed after Maserati's 1957 racing victory at the 12 Hour .

1956

Maserati 200

$2.6 Million


Somesay Twenty-eight were produced others say Thirty-two; in any event your cost is Two point Six.

1960 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage� $2.5 Million


Often called the “Birdcage” this Maserati is the most recognizable of the racing cars produced in early 1960’s. With only 17 ever built it’s the most sought after Maserati by collectors.


1952

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Villa d’Este Cabriolet

$825,000


There are only 5 Villa d’Este Cabriolet in existence and are of the most sought after for auto collections.

1956

Alfa Romeo 1900

$180,000


1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Tipo 256 Touring Berlinetta $750,000


While the overall design is not so gful or together as the 8C 2900 Le Mans Berlinetta from the previous racing season, it does portend the road-going 6C2500 SSset to emerge in the post-War era as one of the first exclusive grand touring cars. Berlinetta or “little boat� was a nickname the motoring press gave this vehicle and it stuck.


1954

Fiat 8V

$680,000


The Fiat 8V made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March of 1952. A high performance coupe, it was intended to bring prestige to Fiat's line of economy cars. The particular car shown is one of only five 8V 'double-bubble' coupes bodied by Zagato. The Fiat 8V is one of the best Fiat designs to hit the streets.

1955

Fiat 8V Berlinetta Coupe

$1 Million


Only 3 were ever manufactured. Good luck!

Ok, now that we have gotten your Italian garage in order let’s move on to a few trophy automobiles to bejewel the crown of a great collection‌

1933

Delage D8S

$3.7 Million


1955

Jaguar D-Type

$3 Million


1935

Duesenberg SJ

$1 Million


1929 Duisenberg Model J Convertible $1.3 Million


1937

Mercedes-Benz 540K

$1 Million


1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Speciale Teardrop Coupe $3.1 Million


Great car one of The Swordfish Society favorites


1949 Delahaye Type 175 Saoutchik Roadster $3.3 Million


Of the Delahayes constructed after the war, this majestic roadster was probably the most epic. Saoutchik was responsible for its extreme body by using the French curves of the thirties with more modern baroque ornamentation. In addition to completely enclosed wheels, the aggressive use of chrome was also revolutionary at the time. This automobile is moving at 100 mph standing still.

1933

Packard Twelve

$275,000


1956

Porsche 356

$160,000


1927

Mercedes Benz S Boat-tail Speedster

$3.8 Million


1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet $300,000


1931

Daimler Double Six

$6.8 Million


1932 Daimler Double Six Saloon $3 Million


Our favorite classic because‌well it’s very classical.

1931

Bugatti Type 41 Royale

$16 Million


Sameas the Double-six: Very classic, sexy and powerful. One of the most expensive cars in history.


1937

Delage D8-120 S Pourtout Aero CoupĂŠ

$620,000


1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic $30 Million


Bugatti 57SC is extremely special because Ettore only produced four units in the world and certainly even fewer could survive. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful automobiles ever created, one is owned by Ralph Lauren, and another belonged to the late Dr. Peter Williamson. So, there may be two more units in a garage somewhere. A private sale of the Late Dr. Williamson’s unit sold between $30 40 Million setting an “unofficial” world record for most expensive automobile. —


1934

Voisin C-27

$500,000


1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Star of India” $13 Million


This bespoke Double R was one of 281 Continental Phantom II’s ever produced. Built for the Maharajah of Rajkot, one of its custom features is, among its 14 headlights, a pair that turns with the steering wheel. Also particular to the Star of India is its unique orange-overaluminum color combination.

1937 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet $1.4 Million


1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Roadster $800,000


1937 Talbot-Lago T150C CoupĂŠ $3 Million


One of the sexiest cars ever designed, the 1937 Talbot-Lago is a classic indeed.

1938

Delage D8-120 De Villars

$1 Million


1936 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster $150,000


1928

Minerva Town Cabriolet

$170,000


1931 Pierce-Arrow 41 Le Baron Sport Sedan $150,000


1953

Austin Healey 100

$50,000


1952

Jaguar XK120

$90,000


1951

Jaguar Mark Saloon

$55,000


1954

300SL Gull wing Mercedes-Benz

$650,000


1954

Kaiser-Darrin Roadster

$130,000


1957

Corvette Convertible

$100,000


1962

Shelby Cobra

$1 Million


The Most Important Drivers in Racing History


Michael

Schumacher                 

Championship titles 7 (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) Consecutive titles 5 (2000–2004) victories 91 Consecutive wins[3] 7 (2004, Europe–Hungary) Wins with one team 72 (Ferrari) Wins at same GP 8 (France) Wins at different GPs 22 Longest Time between first and last wins 14 years, 32 days Second places 43 Podiums (Top 3) 154 Consecutive podium finishes 19 (US 2001–Japan 2002) Most consecutive top two finishes 15 (Brazil 2002–Japan 2002) Points finishes 208 Consecutive points finishes 24 (Hungary 2001–Malaysia 2003) Laps leading 4741 (22,155 km)[174] Pole positions 68 Front row starts 115


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Fastest laps 76 Doubles (Pole and win) 40 Perfect Score (Pole, fastest lap and win) 22 Championship points 1,473 Most wins in a season for a runner-up[4] 7 (2006) Wins at Monza (Formula One) 5 Wins in a season 13 (72%) (2004) Fastest laps in a season[5] 10 (2004) Podium finishes in a season 17 (100%) (2002) Championship won with most s left 6 (2002) Largest championship-winning margin 67 (2002) Consecutive years with a win 15 (1992–2006) Most s with 1 team 181 (Ferrari)

Jeff

Gordon     

USAC Triple Crown champion (1990 Midget, 1991 Silver Crown) 1991 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of The Year 1995 / 1997 / 1998 / 2001 / Winston Cup Series Champion 1997 / 1999 / 2005 Daytona 500 Winner 1994 / 1998 / 2001 / 2004 Brickyard 400 Winner


 Sprint All-Star XI, XIII, and XVII Winner  Awards 1993 NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year  One of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers

Al

Unser  Best Indy 500 finish 1st,  Best Indy start 1st,  Competed in four NASCAR Winston Cup & Grand National s  Competed in the 1968 Daytona 500  Front Row Starts 5,  Inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America  Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame  Indy 500 poles 1,  Indy 500 Starts 27,  Most laps of any driver of the Indianapolis 500 (644)  s led 11


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The 1978 IROC champion The oldest driver to win the 500 at 47 years old (1987) Top six finishes 13, Won four Indianapolis 500’s Won two 500-mile s at Ontario (1977, 1978) Won two 500-mile s at Pocono (1976, 1978)

Dale Earnhardt  Winston Cup Series Champion (1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994)  1998 Daytona 500 Champion  Winston All-Star Winner (III, VI, IX)  IROC Champion (1990, 1995, 1999, 2000)  NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year (1979)  Named as one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers


NASCAR Most Popular Driver (2001) 2002 Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee 2006 International Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee 2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee  ESPN #1 of NASCAR's 20 Greatest Drivers    

Mario Andretti 

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1978 Formula One World Championship 1974 USAC national dirt track champion (U.S.) 1972 24 Hours of Daytona 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner

Named the "Driver of the Century" by Associated Press & R magazine 2000 Intl. Motorsports Hall of Fame Inductee 1996 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductee Named Driver of the Quarter Century in 1992 1990 Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee 1978–1979 (IROC VI) International of Champions series champion


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1967 Daytona 500 winner Three time 12 Hours of Sebring winner (1967, 1970, 1972) Four time IndyCar champion (1965, 1966, 1969, 1984) 1969 ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year 109 career wins on major circuits Only person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades (1967, 1978 and 1984). One of only three drivers to win s on road courses, paved ovals, and dirt tracks in one season The first driver to win IndyCar s in four different decades The first to win automobile s of any kind in five.


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1984 2 wins Budweiser 500 , Firecracker 400 1983 3 wins Warner W. Hodgdon Carolina 500 , Winston 500 , Miller High Life 500 1981 3 wins Daytona 500 Daytona, Northwestern Bank 400 , Champion Spark Plug 400 1980 2 wins Northwestern Bank 400 , Music City USA 420 1979 5 wins Daytona 500 Daytona, Virginia 500 , Champion Spark Plug 400 , CRC Chemicals 500 , American 500 , Winston Cup Championship


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1977 5 wins Carolina 500 , . 500 ., World 600 , NAPA 400 , Firecracker 400 Daytona 1976 3 wins Carolina 500 , Purolator 500 , American 500 1975 13 wins 500 , Southeastern 500 Bristol, . 500 ., Gwyn Staley 400 , Virginia 500 , World 600 , Tuborg 400 , Firecracker 400 Daytona, Champion Spark Plug 400 , Delaware 500 , Wilkes 400 , National 500 , Volunteer 500 Bristol, Winston Cup Championship 1974 10 wins Daytona 500 Daytona, Carolina 500 , Gwyn Staley 400 , Music City USA 420 , Motor State 360 , Dixie 500 ., Purolator 500 , 500 , Capital City 500 , Delaware 500 , Winston Cup Championship 1973 6 wins Daytona 500 Daytona, 500 , Gwyn Staley 400 , Alamo 500 College Station, Capital City 500 , Old Dominion 500 1972 8 wins Winston Western 500 , 500 , Gwyn Staley 400 , Virginia 500 , Lone Star 500 College Station, Capital City 500 , Old Dominion 500 , Wilkes 400 , Winston Cup Championship 1971 21 wins* Daytona 500 Daytona, 500 , Carolina 500 , Hickory 276 Hickory, 200 , Maryville 200 Maryville, Gwyn Staley 400 , Virginia 500 , Asheville 300 Asheville, Pickens 200 , Albany-Saratoga 250 Malta, 300 , Northern 300 Trenton, 420 , Dixie 500 ., West Virginia 500 Ona,

Sandlapper 200 , Delaware 500 , American 500 , Capital City 500 , Texas 500 College Station, Grand National Championship. 1970 18 wins Carolina 500 , Savannah 200 Savannah, Gwyn Staley 400 , 200 , Falstaff 400 , Kingsport 100 Kingsport, Albany-Saratoga 250 Malta, Schaefer 300 Trenton, East Tennessee 200 Maryville, Dixie 500 ., West


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Virginia 300 Ona, Myers Brothers 250 Winston-Salem, Halifax County 100 South Boston, Capital City 500 , Mason-Dixon 300 , Home State 200 Raleigh, Old Dominion 500 , Georgia 500 Macon 1969 10 wins Georgia 500 Macon, Motor Trend 500 , Virginia 500 , Kingsport 250 Kingsport, Mason-Dixon 300 , Maryland 300 Beltsville, 400 , Smoky Mountain 200 Maryville, Myers Brothers 250 WinstonSalem, Old Dominion 500 1968 16 wins 02 Montgomery, Hickory 250 Hickory, 200 , Asheville 300 Asheville, 21 Maryville, 22 Birmingham, Pickens 200 , Maine 300 Oxford, Fonda 200 Fonda, Smoky Mountain 200 Maryville, 37 South Boston, Capital City 300 , Hillsboro 150 Hillsboro, Old Dominion 500 , Wilkes 400 , American 500 1967 27 wins Augusta 300 Augusta, Fireball 300 Weaverville, 200 , Hickory 250 Hickory, Virginia 500 , 250 , Rebel 400 Darlington, Tidewater 250 Hampton, Macon 300 Macon, East Tennessee 200 Maryville, Carolina 500 , Pickens 200 , Northern 300 Trenton, 31 Fonda, 300 , Volunteer 500 Bristol, 400 , Myers Brothers 250 Winston-Salem, Sandlapper 200 , 39 Savannah, Southern 500 Darlington, Buddy Shuman 250 Hickory, Capital City 300 , Maryland 300 Beltsville, Hillsboro 150 Hillsboro, Old Dominion 500 , Wilkes 400 , Grand National Championship 1966 8 wins Georgia Cracker 300 Augusta, Daytona 500 Daytona, Rebel 400 Darlington, Tidewater 250 Hampton, Speedy Morelock 200 Macon, Fireball 300 Weaverville, 400 , Dixie 400 1965 4 wins 400 , Western North Carolina 500 Weaverville, Buddy Shuman 250 Hickory, 48 Manassas 1964 9 wins Sunshine 200 Savannah, Daytona 500 Daytona, 24 South Boston, 29 Concord, Music City 200 , 34 Spartanburg, 400 , Mountaineer 500 Huntington, 60 Harris, Grand National Championship 1963 14 wins 02 Tampa, 08 Spartanburg, 09 Weaverville, South Boston 400 South Boston, Virginia 500 , Gwyn Staley 400 , 200 , 24 Manassas, 27 Birmingham, 36 Bridgehampton, Pickens 200 , Sandlapper 200 , 51 Randleman, South Boston 400 South Boston 1962 8 wins Gwyn Staley 400 , Virginia 500 , Pickens 200 , 39 Huntsville, 41 Roanoke, International 200 Winston-Salem, 43 Spartanburg, Wilkes 320 1961 2 wins 200 , World 600 Qualifier #1 1960 3 wins 06 , Virginia 500 , 39 Hillsboro 1959 Rookie of the Year Inducted into the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame 2010.


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Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1997. Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. The sole stock car representative in the first class inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1989. Awarded the Medal of Freedom by President George Bush in 1992, the first motorsports athlete ever to be honored with this award.

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