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1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK

The logo of Mercedes-Benz is seen on a wheel rim of a Mercedes-Benz model at the production site in Sindelfingen, Germany.

AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle

Car: 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK

Number produced: 30-35

Price at auction: $7.4 million

This particular Mercedes-Benz has an interesting history. Shorter and smaller than many of the massively long performance cars of its day (some of which made this list), the SSK stands for Super Sport Kurz -- German for short.

It was the last car Ferdinand Porsche designed for Mercedes-Benz before he left the company to build his own cars. It may have been small, but its engine was mighty -- a 7.1-liter supercharged powerplant.

In 1941, an English gentleman and prolific car collector named George Milligen became this car's 11th owner. Milligen kept the car until his death at the age of 94. Amazingly, the car was never restored and featured nearly all its original parts -- only the sump was replaced in 75 years of ownership [source: Speed TV]. Now that's taking care of your car!

At a 2004 auction, Milligen's Mercedes fetched $7.4 million. Let's hope its new owner maintains it just as well.

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