Concours of Elegance

These four cars (all in concours condition) are some of the rarest in the world

The Facel Vega Facel II is just one example of the rare vehicles that will be on display at this year's Concours of Elegance.

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The upcoming Concours of Elegance will feature 60 extremely rare models, but few are rarer than the four listed below. Despite coming from automotive powerhouses including Porsche, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, the models haven't been kept around except by a few enthusiasts.

Scroll down to see them all. All descriptions have been provided by the Concours of Elegance.

Porsche 356 America Roadster

Porsche 356 America Roadster

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This isn't technically a Speedster, but the Type 540 –known more commonly as the America Roadster–started the idea. The air-cooled, 1.5-liter flat-four produces 70 horsepower, which may not sound like much until you realize that in 1953 the regular 356 produced just 40.

Porsche 356 America Roadster

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Not to be confused with the 356 Speedster—that came later and cost two-thirds the price—America Roadsters weren't a commercial success. U.S. importer Max Hoffman convinced Porsche it needed a lightweight convertible to compete with the best from Jaguar.

Porsche 356 America Roadster

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But the production methods used to create the America Roadster's aluminium body proved to be too expensive, and in 1952 Porsche built only 17 units before its discontinuation in 1953.

Ferrari Dino 206 SP

Ferrari Dino 206 SP

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As is well known, Ferrari was challenged by Ford at Le Mans in the mid-'60s and responded with a series of Sports Prototypes; the 330P-series. Early in February of 1966 Ferrari introduced the four-liter 330P3 to the press in Maranello, alongside the smaller all-new Dino 206 SP.

Ferrari Dino 206 SP

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It was Ferrari's intention to build 50 of these smaller V6 cars to qualify them for homologation as two-litre Group 4 sports cars. For various reasons that never happened and only 17 of these cars were created, including this example here, which raced at the 1000km of Nurburgring and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Aston Martin Cloverleaf

Aston Martin Cloverleaf

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The chassis no. 1926 produced in 1923 is one of the oldest road-going production Aston Martin models in existence. Only 57 'Bamford and Martin' Aston Martins were made in total and it's estimated that fewer than 16 examples still exist around the world, in one form or another. Lionel Martin's own Cloverleaf was scrapped in the 1930s. This machine is almost identical to Lionel Martin's own Cloverleaf and took 2nd place at Aston Hill in1924. XR1981was competitively driven until the end of the 1960s, in the course of which it won the prestigious St John Horsfall Trophy race at Silverstone in 1969. It then languished in the family garage, unused for nearly 40 years, before undergoing a five-year restoration that brought the car to its current condition.

Facel Vega Facel II

Facel Vega Facel II

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Founded by Jean Daninos in 1939, Forges et Ateliers de Construction d'Eure-et-Loir (FACEL) specialised in the construction of aircraft components and metal furniture, before turning its hand to luxury cars like the Facel II.

Facel Vega Facel II

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Powered by a 355-horsepower Chrysler V-8, the four-passenger Facel II was not only one of the fastest cars, but also one of the fastest accelerating – in fact it was quicker from 0-60mph than the Aston Martin DB4 and Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, while also boasting Rolls-Royce-like comfort. This example was the original press car, one-of-three right-hand-drive manual examples and has covered just 20,000 miles since new.

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance, set for September 4-6, are available to buy now from www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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This 2020 Ford GT drew over $1 million at the auction.

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The world may be going through some tough times right now, but you'd never know it looking at auto auction results. One of the largest, Mecum, just reported sales from the auctions it held in Arizona last week, and the results are astonishing. Mecum says it took in $66.3 million in sales, which is a big increase over the previous year's auctions. Attendance was also up, and the event was packed with high-dollar, desirable vehicles.

Mecum Arizona AuctionHow about a 1967 Ferrari for a little over $3 million?Mecum

Mecum says that private collection sales generated $20 million of the $66.3 million, as some brought dozens of vehicles to participate in the auction. The Hooked on Vettes Collection, for example, brought 13 cars and sold every one of them. It even sold a load of neon signs for well over a million dollars.

The top ten vehicles sold at auction drew big dollars. A few include:

  • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4: $3,025,000
  • 1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Convertible Coupe: $2,365,000
  • 2005 Porsche Carrera GT: $2,200,000
  • 2020 Ford GT: $1,100,000
  • 2017 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $698,500

Mecum Arizona AuctionThere was even a Duesenberg, which sold for almost $2.4 million.Mecum

If you've got money to burn and you're sad to have missed out on the Arizona auction, your next shot will be at the end of this month when Mecum hits Houston with 1,100 vehicles. The flagship Mecum auction in Indianapolis takes place in mid-May, and will feature 3,000 cars.

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