The 5 Most Expensive American-Made Cars

When you’re talking about American cars, people usually think of something utilitarian like a Ford or a Chevy. “Made in America” doesn’t generally evoke the glamour of our cousins across the Atlantic zooming about in their Lamborghinis and Ferraris. However, some American-made cars are probably worth more than your house.

5 Ford Mustang

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While all Mustangs are cool-looking cars, only a few special ones make it to the ranks of most expensive. Most notable was the legendary “Eleanor” model that Nicholas Cage drove in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” This silver beauty with black stripes was a fictional character in the movie. Of the 11 created for filming, only three were working cars. Two of these were demolished while making the film. The survivor, which was used for closeups rather than abused, sold at a 2013 auction in Indianapolis for $1 million. Eleanor was modeled on a 1967 Mustang and features pumped fender flares, four-speed manual transmission and 400 horsepower.

4 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe

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Only six Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupes were built in 1964 and 1965. This car is a bit like the AC Cobra but even more special. Carroll Shelby hired Pete Brock, formerly a General Motors stylist, to figure out how to lower the drag so Shelby could keep up with the Ferraris that passed him in races. Brock solved this problem with a steep windshield, rounded nose and cut-off rear end. In 2011, a 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe fetched $7.25 million at auction.

3 AC Cobra

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The AC Cobra, which the “New York Times” described as an icon of sex and power, has steadily climbed in value since it was manufactured in the 1960s. Nowadays, the cheapest sell for more than $161,000, and a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake fetched $5.5 million at auction. The AC Cobra was the product of a partnership between American racer Carroll Shelby and AC Cars Limited. It cruised across the screens of several Elvis Presley movies and inspired the Rip Chords’ 1962 hit, “Hey Little Cobra.”

2 Saleen S7

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This little race car starts at $550,000. Its twin turbocharged V8 engine lets you go from 0 to 62 in 3.2 seconds. According to the manufacturer, the S7 can reach 248 mph. Engineers worked with race car drivers to design this 2,750-pound construction of aluminum, carbon fiber and chrome moly tubing. Members of the DreamShare exotic car club can rent a Saleen S7 for $4,000 per day. You’ll want it in red.

1 SSC Ultimate Aero

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The Shelby Ultimate Aero beat the Bugatti Veyron for top speed in 2006, flying past at 257 mph. If speed is your thing, the $650,000 price tag might seem worth it. However, the SSC Ultimate Aero is not the most comfortable car. It’s all bare, aerodynamic plastic, rather than being weighted down by anything luxurious.

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