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12 beautiful cars elite collectors love

Last updated on: January 20, 2012 08:27 IST

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There are cars that fetch some serious money at auctions, especially if a bidding war breaks out.

Here we present 12 cars that elite collectors are eyeing at the auctions, according to Business Insider.

Note: The cars are not ranked in any particular order.

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Copo

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Copo is one of 69 such cars built that year. It features an aluminium V8 engine and 3-speed automatic gearbox.

Look for prices to approach (and possibly exceed) $400,000.

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Image: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Copo.
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Tucker Torpedo

The Tucker Torpedo is ever rarer; just 51 were built. The rear-engined Tucker was built for just a few months in Chicago before closing shop in 1949.

This should easily blast past the $200,000 mark.

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DeSoto Adventurer II

This DeSoto Adventurer II is a one off that was built for King Mohammed of Morocco. It has been deemed one of the most gorgeous concept cars of all time.

Concept cars are a mixed bag, so it's difficult to have a price estimate for this one. It should fetch more than $200,000.

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1960 Ford

This 1960 Ford has been heavily modified by hot rod legend Chip Foose and will be sold at Russo and Steele. Low, wide, and sleek, it just looks great.

Hot rods are a very personal purchase, so it is tough to estimate a price. If the design resonates with two committed buyers, look for an intense bidding war and a very high price.

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1965 Cobras

Cobras seem to be a dime a dozen on the street. But a good rule of thumb is if you see one on the road, it is probably a replica. This one is 100 per cent real. Moreover, this car was the public relations demonstrator for Shelby to give the press and dealers.

As one of the original 1965 Cobras, we believe this car could be well over $500,000 when it hits the block at Russo and Steele.

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1968 Stingray Corvettes

Most later Stingray Corvettes are markedly less desirable than earlier cars. This 1968 model is one of the exceptions. Between 1967 and 1969, only 216 of the L-88 Stingray were built.

The L-88 package added a number of performance parts to make the Corvette even more potent. This 1968 roadster was one of only 20 built that year and has the factory hard top.

A 1969 coupe sold for over $500,000 in October, so expect even higher numbers for this one.

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Ferrari 250

The Ferrari 250 came in a number of different flavours. The one seen here, the 250 Lusso, is definitely one of the prettiest.

Only 355 of these cars were built, and this one has actual racing provenance as it finished 14th in the 1964 Targa Florio.

It is estimated to sell for around $1 million.

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Jaguar XJ220S

The Jaguar XJ220 was the fastest car in the world in the early 1990s. This is the XJ220S, a roadgoing version of the XJ220 Race Car.

Only six were built, and it is expected to sell in the $300,000 range.

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Ferrari F40

Before the XJ220, the Ferrari F40 was the fastest car in the world. This particular F40 was owned by Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca.

Chrysler owned Lamborghini at the time, which says a lot for just how great this car is. This car will sell in the $750,000 range.

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Packard

Gooding and Company, an auction house, have some true heavy hitters. A number of significant Packards, including this V12 powered Twin Six, was once owned by legendary actor Clark Gable.

Gooding estimates this car will sell for as much as $850,000.

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1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing

Gooding also has this 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing. This 300 SL has an alloy body and is one of just 29 such cars built by Mercedes.

The rarity of the car means it will command an astronomic price, estimated in the $3 million range.

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Lamborghini Miura SV

Gooding also has a Lamborghini Miura SV, one of the prettiest and most sought-after supercars ever built. Lamborghini only made 150 of these, and they now require a heady investment to get in; Gooding believes this car will fetch up to $1.4 million.


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