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Top 5 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Auction


Mercedes-Benz W196The love for cars is an infectious and beautiful thing and it is so easy to spend hours on the internet fantasising over motors you could only dream of owning. But imagine having this burning passion for the industry and a bank account that will tend to this love. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well as curiosity and jealousy burns inside every petrolhead, we decided to look at the top 5 most expensive cars ever sold at auction.


Sold on February 5th 2015 by Arterial in Paris, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for a staggering $18,500,000. Obviously an achingly desirable car and you will inevitably begin to see a trend with this list and Ferrari’s.


A 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale takes the number 4 spot after it was sold by RM Auctions for $26,400,000 on August 14th 2014 in California. Another Ferrari which is worthy of such a ridiculous price tag and one which is sure to be pinned up on bedroom walls around the world.


Squeezing into 3rd place, I mean, it’s only £1,100,000 more.. is the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider, which sold at the previous event as the other 275 on August 17th 2013 for $27,500,000. Adjusted to inflation that’s $27,841,786, but you know, what does $341,000 buy you anyway these days?


Breaking the Ferrari trend is the Mercedes-Benz W196 from 1954. Sold on July 12th 2013 by Bonhams at Goodwood, the W196 reached an unbelievable $29,600,000, or $29,967,886 with inflation. Ten of the top eleven cars sold at auction are Ferraris with the exception of this one and it is hard to think of anything as worthy to suppress the Italian dominance.


Drum roll please… with $3,000,000 separating 4th and 2nd you may now be wondering if any car has been sold for over that illusive $30,000,000. Well, it has. $38,115,000 is what a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for on August 14th 2014 by Bonhams in California. And no, I did not drop anything on my keyboard when typing that figure, over $38,000,000 was the price paid for one of the most legendary and desirable cars ever made. An almost unfathomable number that only a 250 GTO is worthy of.

So if you want your name in the automotive auction hall of fame you need to break open your piggy banks and hope there’s $40,000,000 in there. Or we can continue fantasising about them as normal with no element of bitterness or jealousy towards the owners at all…

Ferrari 250 GTO