Today, on the market we have a wide range of vehicles to choose from. Some of those are quite expensive, but we have many that are affordable, on top of that, there is also a third group. There are cars which are just too expensive. We present you the list of 10 cars below whose total amount is over $263 million and these are the most expensive models ever sold at auctions. So, when someone tells you that vehicles are just nuts and bolts, you have a legal right to punch them in the face. Who would give such a high amount of money to buy “nuts and bolts”?
10. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider Competizione – $18,150,000
Ferrari has a bright history, and the 250 GT California is a part of it. It is a rare vehicle with a long wheelbase and good performances at race tracks. It is the model you would have to stop and look at, and while it drew the attention of viewers, it also established itself as one of the most expensive cars in the world. Gooding & Company sold the 250 GT California in August 2016.
9. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider – $18,500,000
Another machine that comes from Ferrari, and it was a part of the infamous Baillon barn find in France two years ago. It just sat in an enclosed barn for about half a century, and it was sold at the auction in Paris as an unrestored original vehicle.
8. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo Spider – $19,800,000
This is the first out of just three vehicles which do not carry a Ferrari badge on this list. However, there is a connection with the famous company since 1939 was the year when Enzo Ferrari left Alfa Romeo. The 8C model was an amazing vehicle assembled just before the World War II started, and the car was elegant and powerful at the same time. Last August, this example was sold through RM Sotheby’s in Monterrey.
7. 1955 Jaguar D-Type – $21,780,000
Jaguar’s D-Type was another vehicle sold at the same auction as the Alfa Romeo 8C. The car you can see here won Le Mans in 1956 when it was equipped with a 3.4-liter I6 engine that produced 285 horsepower and reached 156 miles on the Mulsanne straight. Fascinating.
6. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale – $26,400,000
Ferrari is back with this 275 GTB/C Speciale model from 1964. Only three of these were built, and even though it was supposed to be a race car, it can be driven only on the road. Also, this model that was sold at RM Auctions in Monterrey three years ago was the first Ferrari’s road car with independent rear suspension.
5. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider – $27,500,000
NART stands for North American Racing Team, and Ferrari produced only ten examples. This model was sold in Monterrey in August 2013 for a substantial sum of money which is still miles away from the number one on the list.
4. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM: $28,050,000
Sold at RM Sotheby’s New York City Auction in December 2015, this car was produced to compete in the famous Italian Mille Miglia. It came with a V12 unit which generated 320 horsepower, and it had a long racing history.
3. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 – $29,650,095
The last vehicle here that is not built by Ferrari is assembled by Mercedes. This vintage Formula One car was successful on the race track in the mid-1950s, and it was sold at Bonhams in Goodwood in 2013.
2. 1957 Ferrari 335 S – $35,711,359
Ferrari produced only four 335 S models, and this was an upgrade to the 315 S. The car had an output of 390 ponies, and it could reach 190 mph effortlessly. However, this vehicle had to be replaced by the 250TR in 1958 due to rule changes in the World Sports Car Championship. It got a private owner at Artcurial in Paris early in 2016.
1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – $38,115,000
Meet the most expensive car on the planet. Sold at Bonhams in August 2016, the 250 GTO broke all the records. During the 1970s this Ferrari was priced at $6,000 which wasn’t too high. However, this particular vehicle crashed twice during its racing days but survived everything. As a result, it became the most expensive vehicle in the world.