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2003 Ferrari Enzo for sale at RM Sotheby's Auction

2003 Ferrari Enzo for sale at RM Sotheby's Auction

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2003 Ferrari Enzo ($2,300,000)

When Ferrari names a car after its founder you know it has to be special. And the Enzo was. This carbon fiber supercar cost $659,430 new, but now it fetches more than $2 million. A total of 399 were built for sale and a 400th was built and donated to the Vatican to be auctioned off for charity. Power was derived from a 6.0-liter V-12 that conjured 650 proud Italian horses, and a Formula 1-style single-clutch electrohydaulic transmission did the shifting. The car could hit 60 mph from a stop in 3.3 seconds and blast through the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds. Carbon ceramic brakes provided immediate stopping force. Most of this is standard fare on supercars today, but it was groundbreaking stuff 14 years ago. If you can get your hands on one, it's only going to appreciate.

1973 Ford Bronco

1973 Ford Bronco

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1966-'77 Ford Bronco ($18,500)

Values for early Broncos have been rising for several years now, and they are popular among younger enthusiasts who never experienced them as kids. Following on the success of the International Scout, Ford introduced the Bronco in 1966 on a short 92-inch wheelbase (much like the current Wrangler's 95.4-inch wheelbase). It had its own architecture, but both axles came from the F-100 pickup. Wagon, half-cab, and roadster body styles were offered. The initial engines were a 170-cubic-inch straight-6 and a 289-cubic inch V-8, and those eventually gave way to a 200-cubic inch straight-6 and a 302 V-8. Hagerty says the Bronco fills the same role as the Toyota FJ40 for significantly less, but the market may get hotter now that Ford has announced it is bringing back the Bronco.

1970 Plymouth Superbird

1970 Plymouth Superbird

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1970 Plymouth Superbird ($233,000)

Interest in Mopars is increasing, and the cartoonish Plymouth Superbird is one of the rarest and most specialized cars of the muscle car era. Production estimates range from 1,920 to nearly 3,000, but Hagerty says there is never a shortage of them on the market. Plymouth used the wind-cheating Superbird to lure "The King" Richard Petty back into its NASCAR family in 1970. Based on the Road Runner, aero treatments included a nose cone fitted to Dodge Coronet fenders, a 25-inch tall rear spoiler, and a flush rear window. All Superbirds had a vinyl roof due to a weld seam caused by the rear window. Only 135 were sold for street duty with the 425-horsepower, 426-cubic inch Hemi V-8. The other cars had the 440-cubic-inch V-8, either with 375 horsepower or 390 horses when equipped with the Six Pack tri-carb setup  The Superbird won eight superspeedway races in 1970, and Petty claimed five of them. 

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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2007-'11 Porsche 911 GT3 RS ($180,000)

The Porsche 911 is a special car. The naturally aspirated, track-focused 911 GT3 is a really special car. And the 911 GT3 RS? Take a guess. Porsche actually released two GT3 RS models during the 2007-'11 timeframe, both of which were on the 997 generation of the 911. Both featured the wider body from the 4S and Turbo models, as well as lighter weight and shorter gear ratios for its 6-speed manual transmission. The first version, released for the 2007 model year, got a 415-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-6, while the 2010 model received a 450-horse 3.8-liter flat-6. The latter version also featured active engine mounts and offered an optional lithium-ion battery to further save weight. Prices were in the $123,000,-$132,000 range then, and now they're up to $180,000 and climbing. A third 997 GT3 RS was offered for 2012. It was the GT3 RS 4.0 with 500 horsepower. If you can find one, expect to pay a lot more.

1995 Toyota Supra Turbo

1995 Toyota Supra Turbo

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1993-'98 Toyota Supra Turbo ($40,000)

The Toyota 86 is a true sports car, but it isn't very powerful. The last time Toyota offered a sports car with real power was in the 1990s. It was the Supra Turbo, and it was a blast. Under the hood was a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that put out 320 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. Before the proliferation of direct injection and other technologies that reduce turbo lag, these turbos worked sequentially, one coming on at 2,500 rpm, and the other at 4,500 rpm. That was good for a 4.6-second 0 to 60 mph run, and it put the Mk. IV Supras among the fastest production cars of the day. With coil-over shocks and a stiff structure derived from the Lexus SC300, it could handle, too. The Supra Turbo cost about $40,000 in 1993 and that's what it goes for today, but expect that to rise as interest in these cars increases with the return of this historic nameplate


 
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