Most expensive cars sold at auction

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There are many cars worth talking about, be they the fastest of their kind or the most comfortable. But in this article we are going to talk about the most expensive cars. Famous throughout the world and even iconic, they are known for many reasons including starring in films and appearing on the front pages of magazines. We present a ranking of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction. These cars left their trace in the world’s history not only by their significance and participation in international events but also by the delicate approach applied by their designers which turned them into real masterpieces among racing cars.

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1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Stylish and fast, this model belongs to the famous Ferrari 250 GT series. Ferrari 250 GT California was actively used by Alain Delon while he was working on the movie “Les Felins”. The most expensive Spider was sold in February 2015 on Artcurial auction for $19,1 million. 

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1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B was designed for the Mille Miglia race where Alfa Romeo 8C took a leading position. It features a Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera roadster body. In August 2106 it was sold at the RM Sotheby’s auction for $20,2 million. Powered by 8-cylinder engine with 2 Roots type superchargers, Alfa Romeo 8C could speed up to 135 mph. Alfa Romeo 8C interior and exterior design matched the brand identity as it combined both the typical design of a racing roadster and the comfortable passenger compartment. This, in turn, made Alfa Romeo 8C Classic coupes prestigious and desired car of its era.

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1955 Jaguar D-Type

1955 Jaguar D-Type
1955 Jaguar D-Type

An elegant  limited edition car, Jaguar D type was designed by Malcolm Sayer and took part in Sebring 12 Hours driven by Mike Hawthorn. It was sold in August 2016 at the RM  Sotheby’s auction for $22,2 million. Only 54 Jaguar D Type race cars were produced and even less of them lived till this day.

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1956 Aston Martin DBR1

1956 Aston Martin DBR1
1956 Aston Martin DBR1

Aston Martin DBR1 was designed for the World Sportscar Championship. Notable for participating in several races between 1956-1959, the car was sold at the RM Sotheby auction at the price of $22,5 million.

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1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

Sold in August 2014 at the RM Auctions in Monterey, California, Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale for $27,3 million. can be marked as the rarest and the most remarkable car of Ferrari origin. It was designed specifically to take part in 24 hours of Le Mans yet the model sold have never had the luck to participate in race. However, one of the Ferrari 275 GTB models managed to come third at the race and establish the record among the front drive motor cars.

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1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider

Developed specifically for the North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T), 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB belongs to ten limited series custom cars. In August 2013 it was sold at the RM auctions in Monterey, California, to Eddie Smith, baseball athlete, for $28,9 million. The car belonged to the  Smiths family for 45 years. Ferrari 275 GTB starred in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’ movie directed by Faye Dunaway. There were several attempts to make the Smiths sell 1967 Ferrari GTB 4. Even Ralph Lauren, fashion designer, himself paid them a visit only to get rejected.

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1956 Ferrari 290 MM

1956 Ferrari 290 MM
1956 Ferrari 290 MM

1956 Ferrari 290 MM is one of rare Ferrari racing cars produced in the quantity of four. It was developed as a contribution to the Millie Miglia race in Italy won by Eugenio Castellotti who had the luck to drive this model. Its V12 engine is capable of producing around 320 HP and the car’s top speed is estimatedly 170 mph. One of the cars was sold in December 2015 at the RM Sotheby’s auction in New York for $28,9 million.

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1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

A legendary racing car of German origin, 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 race car became well-known after it passed through the hands of Juan Manuel Fangio, a “Formula 1” racer. This car won 9 out of 12 races in total including two world championships. One of such cars can be currently witnessed at Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. One of the unique features of this car was the improved chassis covered by ultra-light Elektron magnesium-alloy bodywork which allowed it to be unbelievably light. It was sold off in July 2013 at Bonhams auction held in Goodwood for $31,1 million.

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1957 Ferrari 335S

1957 Ferrari 335S
1957 Ferrari 335S

There are only four Ferraris 335S 1957 in the entire world. Several famous pilots of “Formula 1” races had an honor to test the capabilities of the car of champions in field. This list included Mike Hawthrone, Stirling Moss and Wolfgang von Trips. Sporting powerful V12 engine, it was capable to reach the top speed of 186 mph and had around 390 HP in total which made this car a swift antelope in the world of professional races. In February 2016 it was sold off at Artcurial auction held in Paris for $36,4 million to an unknown bidder. Rumor has it that it belongs to Lionel Messi, a professional Argentine footballer.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

The famous Italian company only produced 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs. The model became iconic after it starred in “Vanilla Sky” with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz and in “Delirious” with John Candy. Aside from its stylish design, it also had excellent speed specifications which made it worthy to be driven by Stirling Moss, one of the pilots of “Formula 1”. Rarity and significance of this beast made this car desired by various collectors and raised price on 1962 Ferrari GTO. The most expensive Ferrari car was sold at the price of $39,4 million at Bonhams auction in Carmel, California.