The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

Every car in the world is for sale; you just have to offer the owner enough money. These ten classics chosen by Jalopnik readers are what they think would be the most expensive cars ever sold, if anyone went out and bought them.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

10.) 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK Count Trossi

Suggested By: AndreaGentile13

Why it'd be so expensive: It is the most beautiful and most powerful road-going Mercedes Benz built before the World War when we killed a bunch of Nazis. Ralph Lauren owns the only one.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

9.) Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/4

Suggested By: Kate's Dirty Sister

Why it'd be so expensive: Single seaters rarely set any records at car auctions, but having the greatest car driven by one of Formula One's greatest drivers would certainly be worth a couple dozen million dollars, no?

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

8.) The first Shelby cobra

Suggested By: daender

Why it'd be so expensive: The great chicken farmer/Le Mans winner passed away this year, and there's certainly someone out there willing to buy the genesis of his most popular achievement, the Shelby Cobra. Offers have been popping up in the eight figures already, and they're bound to rise.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

7.) Ken Miles' 1966 Ford GT40

Suggested By: Dean_Acheson

Why it'd be so expensive: This is the car that should have won the greatest victory for an American race car of all time, the 1966 Le Mans victory over Ferrari. Miles was stripped of the triple crown of Sebring-Daytona-Le Mans by a technicality, getting second place by less than 30 feet. The car, though, remains absolutely legendary.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

6.) James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder

Suggested By: jay_lutz, Jon.poehlman

Why it'd be so expensive: Known as "Little Bastard," this is the car that James Dean got himself killed in. If the remains of the car could be found/pieced together, it would be a very expensive piece of memorabilia to a very morbid fan.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

5.) 1936 Duesenberg SSJ Speedster

Suggested By: two2tone

Why it'd be so expensive: The J-series Duesenbergs were perhaps the greatest American cars ever built, better certainly than nearly every car the Europeans tried to hammer together in the ‘30s. The greatest of all of these Dueseys were the SSJs, and the greatest of those were the roadsters. They only built two of them and they went to Clark Gable and Gary Cooper. If that's not the best of the best of the best, sir, I don't know what is.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

4.) 1907 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost

Suggested By: rawtoast

Why it'd be so expensive: Cars used to be really terrible machines. They'd break your arms when you'd crank them to start, they were loud, and rough, and just awful. Rolls-Royces, however, were smooth, and peerlessly well-built, and the car that managing director Claude Johnson used to demonstrate just how good their cars were was this "silver Ghost" and it practically established the company itself. It was insured for $35 million back in 2005. Today it is certainly above $50M.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

3.) The Andy Warhol BMW M1

Suggested By: thatguy1, mers

Why it'd be so expensive: Most of Warhol's great works were silkscreens. There are a bunch of those things floating around to the tune of a couple dozen million dollars. Warhol only made one of these M1s, so you can bet that even though it is not from the most cherished moment in his career, it would certainly be worth massive sums in the art world alone. Couple that with genuinely awesome race history and you have one of the most valuable cars ever made.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

2.) The Moon Buggy

Suggested By: Diamond Dustin

Why it'd be so expensive: It would take a lot of gas money for the Saturn V to fly up and pick this thing up off the moon, and the owner would want to make some money off the investment. It'd be natural that this thing, fresh with moon dirt on its treads, would be more expensive than just about any other four-wheeled conveyance known to man.

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The Ten Most Theoretically Valuable Cars In The World

1.) Bugatti Type 41 Royale

Suggested By: rawtoast, Yann Jules

Why it'd be so expensive: Bugattis were the greatest cars ever built. The six Royales were the greatest Bugattis ever built. No Royale has exchanged hands in the past three decades and that was before the car market crash in 1989. Back in the ‘80s, one went for under $9 million. Today, getting the most desirable car ever built would cost more than your wildest dreams.

If you don't have tens of billions of dollars in the bank, don't even look at this thing.

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