10 most expensive cars sold at auction

There is no greater thrill than buying a car at auction. The tradition of displaying prestigious models on stage with bidding wars breaking out, no hesitations in a room full of enthusiasts, fanatic collectors and aficionados with their pockets full of money just waiting to splurge.

Here is a list of ten of the most expensive cars sold at auctions.

1. 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

Price: $43,700,000 (£28,873,000)

One of the two still in existence today, the 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic is an extremely rare car. The 57 series can reach 118mph (190kph) — exceptional for its age.

The car was sold in an auction run by Gooding & Company, to Ralph Lauren himself, which made this vehicle the most expensive car ever sold at an auction!

2. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Price: $38,115,000 (£25,189,000)

There may be one that can match the astonishing price of the Bugatti 57SC. One Ferrari 250 GTO reportedly was sold privately for $52m (£34.4m).

We might never know if it’s true, but what we do know is that in August 2014, one 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold at auction reaching an eye-watering £25,189,000.

3.       1954 Mercedes Benz W196R Silver Arrow

Price: $29,601,500 (£19,562,000)

This is the only Silver Arrow in the hands of a private collector. Nine Grand Prix victories made this name famous, and with only 14 models produced — of which 10 survive to this day — this is the most wanted car of the Mercedes brand.

4. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB-4 NART Spider

Price: $27,500,000 (£18,174,000)

Previous owner, Eddie Smith, fought for years to keep this model of Ferrari to himself. Even Ralph Lauren and Steve McQueen tried to get their hands on it, but finally all the dedication and waiting paid off in 2013.

Canadian Lawrence Stroll, one of the magnates who brought Tommy Hilfiger to fame paid the staggering sum of $27.5m (about £18.17m) and is now the proud owner.

5. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO

Price: $19,400,000 (£12,820,000)

There are only 36 cars of the series 62-63 250 GTO ever made, so the astonishing price tag shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Or the fact that this particular model is in the top 5 for the second time now (or the third).

6. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype

Price: $16,390,000 (£10,831,000)

The winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and 1961! The series 250 GTO was modeled on this type, and if you are considering buying this vehicle, good luck, as the price has never gone below $8m (£5.29m). At this point, it’s not hard to notice a pattern; Ferrari models are very exclusive, it seems that every time a Ferrari shows up some kind of a record gets broken.

One man even paid a record £518,000 — making it the most expensive registration plate bought for a car — to place on his Ferrari 250 GT to add to its exclusivity.



7. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

Price: $14,900,000 (£9,840,000)

Known among collectors as a car fit for royalty, because they were actually built for royalty. This fantastic model was built only six times, every single of them with a 12.7-litre aircraft engine making the modern models look incomprehensibly small. All six of them are in a good condition to this very day.

8. 1963 Ferrari 250 LM

Price: $14,300,000 (£9,440,000)

This is the last Ferrari to win the Le Mans race, earning its rightful nickname ‘LM’. Only 32 were ever made. The model pictured had only 10,000 miles on the clock when purchased.

9. 1953 Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Competizione

Price: $12,812,800 (£8,460,000)

Recently sold at a special Ferrari auction, this model is known for having a lot of upgrades through his developmental years. The car’s selling point was it first appeared in the 1953 Le Mans races in the exact same condition.

10. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Price: $12,402,500 (£8,188,500)

Not a surprising end of our top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction list. Ferrari features dominantly in this list of fantastic cars (in case you hadn’t noticed).

Collectors often dispute which model is better — the Testa Rossa or the 250 GTO — but the common understanding is that the Testa Rossa is a lot easier to drive.



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