01:16 AM 30 Sep, 2022
10 Rarest and Most Expensive BMWs of All Time
We list the most valuable four-wheel masterpieces from Bavaria that have gone under the hammer in recent years: from 3.0 CSL to 507 and Z8.
Well, now about the most valuable representative of the Bavarian brand. It was the BMW 507. By the way, you will not find this special car against the background of all other models of the company for less than a couple of million euros. Therefore, it is not surprising that for a copy of 1957, which was owned for 70 years by racing driver, Formula 1 champion John Surtees, in 2018 they paid 4,194,422 euros at auction.
Under the hood of the two-door hides a 150-horsepower 3.2-liter V8, accelerating the roadster to 220 km/h. By the way, this model is a rarity also because it was produced in a circulation of only 252 units.
Climbing up to the first place in the ranking, we see another BMW 328. But this time in the format of a classic 1930s roadster.
This two-seater racing car is the holy grail for collectors. After all, this is an entrance ticket to the most important closed events of the hangout of wealthy fans of auto antiquity.
The magnificent 1937 BMW 328 Roadster pictured here, with chassis number 85095 and an 80-horsepower inline-six, was auctioned off in 2014 for 901,475 euros. This is an absolute record for the model.
To bring the newfangled BMW i8 sport hybrid to the US market, the Bavarians presented a special performance at the Pebble Beach Contest of Elegance in August 2014. The two-door created for this occasion was called the i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition. And they paid for it at an auction an insane 764,000 euros - six times the cost of a regular i8 according to the dealer price list. By the way, the entire amount was donated to charity.
But the most interesting thing is that there was nothing supernatural in the super-expensive hybrid with a maximum output of 262 hp and a top speed of 250 km/h. The car was painted in a special color Frozen Gray Metallic, and interior elements were covered with Dalbergia Brown leather with contrasting stitching. Also in the interior there were nameplates and other decals of a rare version.
In fourth place is the car that glorified the brand in American motorsport - the BMW 320i Turbo IMSA. We are talking about one of the three racing cars built to participate in the IMSA GT series. The car, prepared on the basis of the coupe of the 3rd series of the first generation, was distinguished by a powerful turbo engine and a modified body.
This example with chassis number 003 is notable for its 136 kg lighter construction. The two-liter four-cylinder 2.0 M12 engine, thanks to supercharging, produced 650 horsepower. It also served as a laboratory for the future 1.5 Turbo M12 / 13 engine, which was, in particular, on the Brabham BT52 of Nelson Piquet, who became the F1 world champion in 1983.
And again a convertible. It was one of those post-war luxury sports cars with great design, a choice of open or closed body, and the V-8 from the old 502. The most expensive 1957 BMW 503 Cabriolet sold at auction in 2017 for 530,868 euros.
This is one of 129 convertibles created by Albrecht von Goertz for a small circle of wealthy fans. A 140-horsepower V8 3.2 could accelerate a two-door to a stunning 190 km / h for that time.
In seventh place is a magnificent Bavarian classic. We are talking about the pre-war BMW 328 Cabriolet. In 2018, a copy of 1938 went under the hammer for 500,640 euros. And the considerable price paid for the car is quite understandable. After all, we are talking about one of the few open two-door cars with an Autenrieth body that have survived to this day in excellent condition. They were built on the basis of the BMW 328 model, produced before the war with a circulation of 464 units. Under the hood of such cars was an 80-horsepower two-liter in-line «six». The beautiful two-tone convertible, which changed hands a couple of years ago at an auction in Paris, has driven only 27,690 km in 80 years.
Unexpectedly, a rather fresh 2003 BMW Z8 roadster came in eighth place. And the amount that was paid for it in 2017 turned out to be very impressive - 407,000 euros. However, this car, once exported to the United States, looked like new at the time of the change of ownership. And the mileage on the odometer was only a few tens of kilometers.
Recall that the open German two-door, produced in a circulation of only 5703 units (including 555 Alpina Roadster), was equipped with a 400-horsepower atmospheric V8 with a volume of 4.9 liters. Acceleration to hundreds took her 4.7 s, and the maximum speed was 250 km/h.
On the ninth line of the list of the most expensive models of the Bavarian concern was a rare convertible BMW 502 with a body of the Baur studio. Only 57 of these were built. And one of them, after a complete restoration, changed the owner for 315,000 euros.
It is noteworthy that this wasth post-war German car equipped with a V8 engine. The convertible was driven by a 120-horsepower 3.2 engine, which could accelerate the car to 170 km/h.
The 3.0 CSL Coupe was the first European car to use huge spoilers and ailerons. And this is the same BMW that won the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC) six times! In 2016, the 1973 two-door shown in the photo went under the hammer for a record (for the model) 310,580 euros.
Not only did the coupe’s mileage not exceed 40,000 km at the time of the auction, but this BMW with an advanced aerodynamic body kit, for which it received the nickname «Batmobile», was also one of only 167 cars produced between 1973 and 1976. with 206-horsepower «sixes» 3.2.
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