9. Tucker ’48 – $1.2 million
The Tucker ’48 automobile has the distinction of being both a rare car and an infamous one with a notorious backstory. Known as the “Tucker Torpedo,” The Tucker ’48 is named for both its maker (automobile manufacturer Preston Tucker) and its model year (1948). Preston Tucker only managed to produce 51 of these cars in Chicago in 1948 before his company folded on March 3, 1949, amidst a stock fraud scandal that attracted a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and negative media coverage. Although Preston Tucker was acquitted in court, his company never recovered—making the 51 Tucker ’48 cars he produced extremely rare. There is a conspiracy theory that the Big Three automakers tried to put Preston Tucker out of business as they saw his fledgling car company as a threat. The 1988 movie Tucker: The Man and His Dream is based on the saga surrounding the car’s production, and that movie’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, is a Tucker owner who proudly displays his vehicle on the grounds of his California winery. And while the Tucker ’48 originally sold for $1,000, the car’s value today is estimated at $1.2 million.
http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013/08/01/cars-of-futures-past-1948-tucker-48/ Source: Blog.hemmings.com
8. Aston Martin Bulldog – $1.3 million
The Aston Martin Bulldog is an unusual looking car. It looks a lot like the DeLorean featured in the Back to the Future films, and even has the same gullwing doors as that iconic vehicle. In reality, this odd-looking car was a one-off testbed vehicle produced by British car manufacturer Aston Martin back in 1979. The car maker had initially planned for a limited run of about 25 of the cars to test the market for them and see how they sold. However, only one Bulldog was actually ever built. And it was given the code name DP K9 01 after a character in the science fiction TV show Doctor Who—adding to the strangeness of the project. The Bulldog is a left-hand drive car even though it was made in England, and it is quite long at 15 feet, and quite low at just 43 inches high. The car’s interior uses digital instrumentation and the rear view consists of a television monitor mounted on the center console. Under the hood, the Bulldog has a 5.3-liter twin turbo V8 engine that provides 600 horsepower and enables a top speed of 190 miles per hour. Aston Martin auctioned off the only Bulldog in 1980 for $130,000 to an American collector. It resurfaced for sale in 2011 and was purchased for $1.3 million by a buyer in England. Although, it is now painted green and is no longer in its original metallic silver color.
http://autocognito.com/2012/1980-aston-martin-bulldog/ Source: Autocognito.com