12 Most Costly Cars Sold via Auction
If we are talking about the world’s cars with incredibly hefty price tags, some would think that £4 million ($5.6 million) is the ceiling. That is far from reality, because that’s just when things are heating up!
The $4.8 million needed to purchase a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita won’t even cut it if we are talking about the 100 most expensive cars sold in an auction. If you thought winning the lottery is going to be enough to get you a costly car, then you have another thing coming.
So, without further ado, here are the 12 most costly cars sold via auction, and it’s going to make you dizzy with all the numbers.
- Ferrari 250 GTO - $38,115,000 (£30,750,300)
The Ferrari 250 GTO is considered to be the most expensive piece of automobile ever sold at an auction to date. No other car in the world comes close to its reputation and mystique, and that alone has drawn in so much interest to the car. But more noticeably, the vehicle itself is ahead of its time, all because of its powerful 3.0-litre V12, incredibly balanced chassis and never-before-seen race pedigree. Only 39 models were created and this particular car was used by Jo Schlesser.
- Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti - $35,700,000 (£28,801,940)
Another Ferrari car was a record breaker in its own right after it became the most expensive race car of 2016.This was originally owned for 40 years by a private collector, which fanned the interest, given the fact it was used by Peter Collins and Maurice Trintignant during the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours. After which, it raced in the Mille Miglia with Wolfgang von Trips behind the steering wheel. Such illustrious history commands a hefty price tag.
- Mercedes-Benz W196 - $29,600,000 (£23,880,600)
This incredible Mercedes grand prix car is the only one from the brand to make it, but it definitely deserves its spot. It competed and won the German and Swiss Grands Prix in 1954 with Juan Manuel Fangio as the driver. It was the most costly car that sold at an auction way back in 2013.
- Ferrari 290 MM - $28,050,000 (£22,630,100)
Yet another Ferrari makes it to out top 12. This one was created for the 1956 Mille Miglia and with the great Juan Manuel Fangio driving it, and his name always adds more selling power to it. Only four 290s were produced, and this one achieved a lot of successes in its lifetime.
- Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider - $27,500,000 (£22,186,365)
The North American Racing Team (NART) introduced Ferrari cars to the United States to increase brand publicity during the 1950s and 1960s. Other than that, it also ordered special road cars from the production facility, and this Spider is one of the only 10 that were ever created. It was also owned by actor Steve McQueen, who rode it in the movie “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
- Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale - $26,400,000 (£21,298,910)
A Ferrari 275 easily warrants a hefty price tag nowadays, but this GTB/C Speciale was created especially for the race tracks. It’s aluminum body gives it a lighter weight and its 3.0-litre V12 engine allows it to get a boost of extra 70bhp. What’s curious is that it didn’t experience the dirt of the race tracks and that enigma helped push up its auction price, which was sold back in 2014.
- Jaguar D-Type - $21,780,000 (£17,571,600)
The Jaguar D-Type was victorious at Le Mans from 1955 to 1957 three times, and this is the actual vehicle that took the trophy in 1956 with the Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse. It later found its place in a private collection where met occasional race competitions once in a while. With an excellent motorsport history and limited production, it was no surprise that it got to its monumental price.
- Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider - $19,800,000 (£15,974,180)
This astounding coachbuilt Alfa Romeo is one of the very few cars to interrupt Ferrari’s reign in the list, and it’s not difficult to see the reason behind. Its exterior and engineering was made by Touring in Italy and it takes inspiration from the iconic 8C 2.9 chassis and engine, which is a supercharged straight-eight, ensuring the looks and the speed is a wonderful combination. Only twelve were ever made, which pushed the price even further.
- Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider - $18,500,000 (£14,925,370)
The 250 GT SWB Spider already had an illustrious status, even among aficionados of the brand, but this car upped the ante when it was discovered in a French warehouse. Robert Baillon bought it, intending to display it in a museum, but it wasn’t until after his demise it came out once again from years of dormancy. Still functional, it was snagged in 2015.
- Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione - $18,400,000 (£14,844,695)
Most of the cars in the list belong to the Ferrari range and the 375-Plus is one of them. Better still, it was made from new to be driven by the Scuderia and landed second during the 1954 Mille Miglia. As such, buyers during the auction fought hard for it in 2014.
- Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione - $18,150,000 (£14,643,000)
This version of the 250 GT SWB boasts history, rarity, and a racing reputation, and it catapulted it to our list. Only nine of these were manufactured with alloy bodies, and this automobile has continuous history of ownership since its conception. With decorated background and prestige, it is no wonder that it sold the way it did.
- Ferrari 250 LM - $17,600,000 (£14,199,270)
The 250 LM’s name gives you a clue of exactly what it was created for - it was made to compete at Le Mans. Just as most notably, it began the mid-engined era for the brand, which immediately went on to claim victory at the 1965 Le Mans race. This model raced as a prototype, yet still with impressive results. Only 32 were created and that now commands both rarity and high prices, such as what it sold for back in 2015.