Lately, my posting has been best described as 'sparse.' This past week has been quite busy for me, but I should be back on track now. I'll start my more consistent posting schedule with a series on the world's most expensive cars. Now that title, 'world's most expensive car' can easily be haggled over to no end. What are we defining as 'most expensive?' Highest cost when new? Greatest expense to build? Most valuable now? Well, I'll use all those as possible answers and cite an example for each one.
I'll start with a car that was considered the most expensive car of its day, when it was available for purchase in 1921. The car I am referring to is the strikingly rare Heine-Velox. Built in San Francisco by piano magnate Gustav Otto Ludolf Heine, the Heine-Velox was a car built well ahead of its time. It featured a V12 engine built by Weidely, a hydraulic brake system by Lockheed, side mounted luggage trunks and a canted dashboard designed to hide the gear shifter, handbrake and steering column.
All this innovation (and luxury) came at a cost though, with the price of the massive, 148" wheelbase car coming in between $17,000 and $20,000. To put that into perspective, a new Rolls Royce 40/50 cost about $10,000 and a Ford Model T still cost less than $500. Buyers were hard to come by, however, and subsequently only five cars were ever built.
One of them, the vehicle pictured here, can be viewed at the Blackhawk Collection, where it is currently for sale for $300,000.