LEGENDARY: 1956 Ferrari 290 MM driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1956 Mille Miglia road race is expected to sell for around $US30 million ($A41 million) when it goes under the hammer in New York this weekend
LEGENDARY: 1956 Ferrari 290 MM driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1956 Mille Miglia road race is expected to sell for around $US30 million ($A41 million) when it goes under the hammer in New York this weekend Tim Scott 2015 Courtesy of RM

$A41 million auction estimate for 1956 Ferrari 290 MM racer

NOT all cars are created equal.

That's why you'll see some by the roadside with a cardboard "For Sale" sign on the window asking for $500 and a slab of beer, while others find slightly more glitzy stages to hunt out new buyers.

Take the RM Sotheby's "Driven by Disruption" auction sale coming up this week in New York City for example, where some of the choicest offerings going under the hammer have estimates in the tens of millions.

Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356C. Photo: Contributed.
Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356C. Photo: Contributed.

Most valuable is, rather predictably, a classic racing Ferrari with superb provenance. This 1956 290 MM with 3.5-litre V12 engine was driven by five-time F1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1956 Mille Miglia. Its estimate? $US28-$32 million ($A38-$43 million).

Also seeking a well-heeled new owner is a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, one of only 19 made. It was the only one originally delivered to Australia, so if some patriot fancies opening their wallet and bringing the 3.7-litre British GT car back down under, we salute you. You may need about $16 million ($A22 million) to do so though.

1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. Photo: Contributed.
1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato. Photo: Contributed.

For something a tad more colourful, how about late singer Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Cabriolet? Painted in psychedelic colours, it was the tragic artist's daily driver and is a little piece of pop culture with an estimate of $US400,000-$600,000 ($A545,000-$815,000).

Also up for grabs are a steel-bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL factory race car for $US5-7 million ($A6.8-9.5 million), 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial, 1959 BMW 507 Roadster and 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV. And no, none are exactly cheap.

1959 BMW 507 Roadster. Photo: Contributed.
1959 BMW 507 Roadster. Photo: Contributed. Darin Schnabel 2015 Courtesy o

So if you win big at lotto this weekend and have a thing for classic European beauties, get your tickets booked for New York and prepare to drool. Lots.

1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial. Photo: Contributed.
1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial. Photo: Contributed. Remi Dargegen 2015 Courtesy of

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