The Most Expensive Retro Cars and their Scale Models

1. Bugatti 57SC Atlantic coupe

Price: $30 – $40 million
Sold by: Gooding and Co.
Year of Sale: 2010

After being sold at an auction in California for about $30 million, this sleek, curved vintage Bugatti became one of the world’s most expensive cars. Widely known for being one of only three of its kind ever produced, the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic is also praised for its art-deco elegance. Considered to be highly avant garde, this particular car came on the market following the death of its owner, Peter Williamson, a well known car collector and a neurologist.

Bugatti 57SC

Bugatti Type 57 SC  Atlantic Coupé 1938 Black Model Car Scale 1:18 brings to life the original look of the car back in 1938. In other words, it represents the original condition of this car when the English businessman R. B. Pope came to be its first owner. After the car changed hands several times, it was purchased by the American fashion designer Ralph Lauren (New York) in the late 1980s. The famous designer chose to restore the car completely while giving it a facelift. This led the car to be painted dark black with a matching black interior. The spoked wheels were also covered with attractive hub caps.

This car was a Pebble Beach victor crowned with the “Best of Show” award. CMC has replicated the vehicle down to the smallest detail. The scale auto comes with an unmatched high-end finish in addition to numerous authentic details and functional parts.


• 8-cylinder in-line-engine with two overhead cam shafts
• Compressor (Roots-Supercharger)
• Dry sump lubrication
• Mechanical cable-operated brakes
• Displacement: 3,257 ccm
• Maximum output: approx. 200 hp at 5,500 rpm
• Top speed: approx. 200 km/h
• Wheel base: 2,980 mm
• Total length: approx. 4,510 mm

2. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO

Price: $32 million
Year of Sale: 2012

From year 1962 till 1964, only 39 of Ferrari 250 GTO cars came out of the manufacturer’s factory, and ever since then, these exclusive and rare cars commanded hefty prices at the auctions. Topping the ranks amongst most expensive Ferrari car auctioned in United Kingdom, this particular vehicle will now grace the new Spanish owner’s car collection.

Reportedly, Mr. Jon Hunt, the head of Foxtons Estate Agency is said to be the one who sold off his Ferrari 250 GTO, but the silence has left the name of the seller under scrutiny. Further, this vehicle is also known to be the fastest Ferrari cars of that generation. And, noted celebrities like Pink Floyd drummer Nick Masson and DJ Chris Evans are also known to be the owners of the same car.

Ferrari 250 GTO 1963

FERRARI 250 GTO 1963 diecast replica 1:18 features detailed interior and realistic dashboard, real rubber tires with working steering wheels, realistic engine, opening doors hood and trunk. The body of this replica is fully painted, absolutely no sticker!

This replica is 100% true-to-scale and very realistic. Therefore owning it is like owning the real car. The only difference between this replica and the real car is…….”It won’t run!” Check out the pictures and you will be surprised by the superb details of this car!!

We highly recommend this diecast replica to all diecast fans and collectors!!


  • Material: Die-cast metal with some plastic parts
  • Dimension (Approx. LxWxH inches): 9.5x4x2.5
  • Weight (Approx.): 3LB
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Red
  • Manufacturer: Kyosho

3. 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Price: $12.2 million
Sold by: RM Auctions
Year of Sale: 2009

There are only 21 other cars like the 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, but none of them was quite so expensive in the year it was sold in. While the 1958 Testa Rossas won 10 of the 19 international races that they participated from 1958 and 1961, this particular vehicle never finished better than fourth. However, the car’s finest quality is not its speed but its sheer beauty that gets highlighted from its body made by Sergio Scaglietti, the famed Italian automobile designer. The car boasts pontoon fenders, which is said to have been one of Scagliettis favorites.

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa


Have a look at Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 1958 Scale 1:18 perfectly restored and painted in deep black with a flamboyant red/white border on its nose, the car with the starting No. DM124 was offered at “Leggenda e Passione,” an auction that took place in Maranello, Italy in May 2009. The bidding went as high as 12.2 million dollars, and the car changed hands. Is there better proof that the fascination with Testa Rossa is still going strong?

Please enjoy this CMC model which is replicated true to the original. And this one is affordable to you. Chassis No. 0714 went into the manufacturing of the second Testa Rossa, which was earmarked for Mr. Piere Drogo, a gentleman from Venezuela. In early December 1957, the new car was delivered to him in Modena, Italy. He intended to pilot it in as many races as possible.

One of the modifications he made was to install an additional air inlet underneath the doors so as to improve the cooling of the rear wheel drum brakes. His first race took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in January 1958. Since then, more than half a century has passed. In the course of time, Testa Rossa (meaning “Red Head” in English) became a most successful and best-known Ferrari model of all time.

A sharp, detail-exact replication of the cockpit and dashboard complete with instruments and controls. The seats are covered in real leather and framed with beige stripes. No less faithful to the original is the steering wheel with three slotted spokes.

To build this 1:18 scale CMC model, it takes 1,640 single parts in addition to the extraordinary handcraftsmanship that puts them together. The authentic replication of this model also makes it time-enduring in terms of value and collectability.

Limited to 5,000 pieces worldwide. Hand-mounted from 1,640 parts. The red /white border on its nose and the metallic silver cover of the headlights are distinctively characteristics of the chassis number 0714.

4. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione

Price: $7.2 million
Sold by: Gooding and Co.
Year of Sale: 2010

At the Pebble Beach sale held by the Gooding and Company, this rare 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione with chassis number 1603 GT got sold for a world record price of $7,260,000. This rare breed is one of the select group of beautiful open Ferraris that ever saw track time, and is widely regarded as the ultimate LWB California Competizione. Imported by the most significant proponent of racing Californias, Luigi Chinetti, this rare racing beauty was then immediately sold to George Reed of Homewood. In short, California was too beautiful, too elegant, too refined to be a racing car.

Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione


Ferrari California Spider Scale 1:18 Diecast – is there anybody who wouldn’t like to take a seat in this dream car and enjoy the sun in California?

The Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder is the convertible that set the benchmark for every roadster in the early 1960s. For drivers, this car is an epitome of freedom, pure sensation and pleasure. On top of that, it also boasts a superb engine, elegance and style.

5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod

Price: $6.11 million
Sold by: Gooding and Co.
Year of Sale: 2010

Known to be the ultimate Ferrari GT for years, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta boasts a pure and well balanced shape, for which Sergio Pininfarina called it “the first of our three quantum leaps in design with Ferrari.” One of only 20 cars built, this SEFAC Hot Rod was sold new to Count Volpi under the manager’s infamous Scuderia Serenissima, and also holds an extraordinary racing history.

 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

Elite 250 GT Berlinetta Passo Corto SWB Hot Wheels: This timeless, 1:18 scale Ferrari is one of a variety of collectible vehicles approved by Ferrari for authentic styling and decoration. Beautifully crafted and highly detailed, this car makes a great collectible or gift for any auto enthusiast. Actual Car Information: One of the most important GT car of its time, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto SWB was first unveiled at the 1959 Paris Salon.

The designation SWB indicated the short wheelbase chassis designed for better handling compared to the former long wheelbase version. The car was available in competition specification with an aluminum body, lightweight interior trim and with the engine in a higher state of tune. The car was hugely successful in racing, capable of beating many larger-engine vehicles. In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto SWB seventh on a list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. Motor Trend Classic placed it fifth on a list of the ten Greatest Ferraris of All Time. The 1:18th replica is a must for any Ferrari collector.

  • Ferrari GT and Sport Collection die-cast in 1:18 scale
  • Limited edition to 10,000 pieces worldwide
  • Authentic interior and exterior styling and decoration
  • Beautifully crafted and exquisitely detailed
  • Perfect collectible for all Ferrari enthusiasts