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Five Stunningly Beautiful Classic Cars to Splurge On

Belgium is the place to be for budding car collectors when Bonhams stages its annual Zoute Sale during the Zoute Grand Prix classic car event in Knokke-Heist on Oct. 11. Whether its rare '60s Ferraris your after or something a bit more affordable you can no doubt find it at the Zoute. Here are some highlights:

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy

The star of the sale is one of only 60 ‘long-nosed’ 275 GTBs produced with an alloy body. This car finished in rosso chiaro with a blue leather interior was previously owned by Gregory Noblet, son of famed Ferrari works driver and gentleman racer Pierre Noblet. No estimate has been released but this is a multimillion-dollar vehicle.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series II Cabriolet

The 250 was the first volume-produced Ferrari road car and the most successful of the marque’s models of its time; only 200 were Pininfarina-designed Series II Cabriolets, and this one was sold new to Belgian industrialist and racing driver Jean Blaton. Estimated at up to $1.8 million.

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster

This exceptional early example of one of the fastest roadsters of its time was built shortly after the model’s debut at the 1957 Geneva Motor Show. It was originally delivered new to a wealthy socialite in Cannes, France. Estimate up to $1.3 million.

\1962 Bentley S3 Continental Drophead Coupé

First owned by Eddie Fisher, former husband of Elizabeth Taylor, this example of Bentley's groundbreaking Continental sports saloon is synonymous with effortless high-speed cruising, much like the Continental GT of today. Estimated at up to $440,000.

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster

Perhaps the lone American car that can hold its own with the classic Ferraris, this Guardsman Blue example was one of only 1,000 built and is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 engine. The car was completely restored in the late 1980s. Estimated up to $1.2 million.