By Lynne Meredith Schreiber
Special to The Detroit News
“Every collector remembers that moment when the light bulb went on and he fell in love with cars. For Orofino, it was when he drove the first 1955 Ford Thunderbird off the assembly line.
‘I thought it was a cute little car,’ said Orofino, who worked at the Ford plant in Livonia, designing transmissions.
In 1959, Orofino opened a garage in Farmington called the Classic T-Bird Shop and started appraising exotic cars. Three decades later, Gerald E. Siepierski asked him to appraise his Cadillac Mozelle, a one-of-a-kind shiny black two-door with silver velour upholstery and black carpeting. It’s only been driven 950 miles.”
Top 10: Most Expensive Classic Cars
By Matthew Simpson
“Every year, the rich and famous put their cars on the market so they can buy new ones. As a testament to their buying power and prestige, they spend in one afternoon what most of us accumulate in a lifetime. If you thought your convertible was expensive, check out some of the costliest collector cars ever sold…
1956 Ferrari 860 Monza — $2.5 million
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider Corsa — $2.53 million
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster — $3.63 million
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 — $4.07 million
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe — $4.4 million
1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B — $5.6 million
1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM — $6.5 million
1931 Type 41 Bugatti Royale — $8.7 million
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO — $16.6 million
1954 Mercedes W 196 — $24 million”
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