The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was first sold for nine thousand dollars. This beautiful car quickly became used within races and won on a number of occasions. One of these incredible cars recently sold at auction for an astonishing 1.54 million dollars proving quality is vital.
Enzo Ferrari made the decision in the 1950’s to produce racing cars for customers with the funds and desire to own such a vehicle. The Ferrari 250 Gt was a force to be reckoned with as soon as it began its first race. Winning the Tour de France on the first try was a major turning point for the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta. One hundred and three cars started the exceedingly difficult event and only 36 made it to the finish line. A major feat considering that professional racers were driving competing vehicles that had long dominated the racing industry.
Only 84 of the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta’s were ever built. The construction was overseen by Carrozzeria Scaglietti who specifically designed the vehicle for racing. This extraordinary car boasted a three liter, V12 engine with 280 horse power and had the potential to reach unbelievable speeds. The Berlinetta had a 2800mm wheelbase and was an entirely hand crafted car.
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta acquired a newly designed gearbox with a driver friendly location for the shifting lever. Berlinetta’s engine obtained modifications on the cylinder heads and intake manifolds. The crank shaft and valves were given an overhaul to help increase productivity and speed. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was as luxurious as it was a complete workhorse.
The 1956 BMW 507 is still considered one of the sleekest vehicles ever produced. BMW had originally planned to import the 507 to America but the extremely high price tag made Americans reconsider the purchase. Owners of one of these highly desirable cars are able to fetch a small fortune when selling one today.
Only 252 1956 BMW 507’s were ever produced. The car was initially designed to appeal to the sports car market. Max Hoffman persuaded BMW to produce a roadster model after the BMW 501 and 502. BMW was far ahead of the times in producing the vehicle which has since achieved a celebrity status and is highly sought by collectors.
BMW originally set a price tag of $5,000 dollars. Production issues with the 507 caused the price tag to swell to $9,000 dollars and eventually land at $10,500 dollars. This extremely high price point caused the vehicle to be out of reach of the target audience for the car. Several celebrities purchased the 507 including Elvis Presley and race car drivers Georg Meier and Hans Stuck.
The limited number of BMW 507’s ever produced has made the vehicle one of the most highly sought after classic cars of all time. Two hundred and fifty two 507’s were originally produced. Classic car enthusiasts put the number still in existence at an amazing 202. This car which originally sold for $10,500 is able to fetch a whooping $900,000 to $1,000,000 price tag when currently sold.
The Aston Martin DB6 is a true classic car. Aston Martin produced the DB6 for six years from 1965 to 1970. Only 1321 DB6 coupes were ever built offering today’s collectors limited opportunities to find the much coveted 1968 DB6.
The Aston Martin DB6 offered buyers a radical change from previous models. Consumers loved the DB4 and DB5 but criticized the limited leg room in both models. The company choose to increase the interior leg room on the DB6. This luxurious yet roomier version offered drivers more space while still being a a classic roadster.
Specifications on the Aston Martin DB6 allowed for increased head room and interior space. The chassis was expanded almost four inches and moved to the rear of the vehicle which allowed for added back seat seating space. The windshield was extended higher offering driver’s considerable more head room. Aston Martin removed the receding tail and gave the car a more refined look much like the Ferrari of those times.
The 1968 Aston Martin DB6 offered drivers a five speed manual transmission with the capability of reaching 150 mph. A four liter, six cylinder engine with horsepower of 282 made this vehicle a true roadster. Four wheel power assisted disc brakes and an independent front suspension with spring and shock absorbers were standard on the DB6. Optional features in the DB6 were power steering and air conditioning.
The changes in the Aston Martin DB6 offered drivers a more secure driving experience without losing the thrill of the speed and handling of a true roadster.