The 2014 Cadillac ELR with various packages and accessories can cost as much as $82,000. A Tesla Model S 85 kWh Performance model starts at $94,570. These two fine specimen make for very pricey American automobiles, but those figures barely represent a drop in the bucket for prices the most coveted American rides have fetched at auction.
Since 2004, the top ten have begun around the $4 million mark and gone skyward. When viewing the list of legendary race cars, symbols of American automotive might, super-luxury rides of the 1930s, and even the original Batmobile, the value of these American cars begins to make sense. Some of the most expensive auctioneered cars in the world are Ferraris, but with those (and other European cars) out of the equation, how do the American cars stand up?
A hat-tip to Autoblog for recently compiling a list of the American-branded cars that have landed the highest amounts ever at auction, and we thought was worth another look. Here are the top ten from lowest price to highest price of all time, with a debt of gratitude to the auction houses for the background information on their gorgeous auction lots.
10. 1967 Chevy Corvette L88
Only twenty models of the 1967 Chevy Corvette L88 were produced, and of those twenty, only one was red. This model that sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction for $3,850,000 (includes buyer’s commission) in January 2014 was that rare Corvette. Said to be “underrated by GM at 430 horsepower,” Barrett-Jackson cites dyno-testing that brought other L88 models to 560 hp. Built for the racetrack, the L88 was for purists only. Neither a radio or a heater were part of the package.