Classic cars are very rare & exotic and feature a style statement for the affluent buyers. They have always attracted
world’s super-rich people who don’t think twice before spending millions of dollars on these automotive creations. Recent years have seen an abrupt rise in the sale of ultra-expensive cars due to the uproar in global financial markets. If
reports are to be believed, the most expensive car in the world was sold for $52,000,000 in a private deal with no public confirmation. For the selling prices to be made public, auctions are held where extremely rare and highly expensive cars are sold.
Have A Glimpse At The Top 8 Most Expensive Cars To Be Sold At Auctions:
1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic – $43,700,000
This is the most expensive car to be sold at an exclusive auction which was held by Gooding & Company. Dr. Peter
Williamson, who is a very famous collector of rare Bugtis bought this 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic for a whooping price of $43,700,000. There were only four cars manufactured by the company between 1936 & 1940 and right now only two of them exist. 1936 model is owned by Dr. Williamson and 1938 model is possessed by Ralph Lauren.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – $38,115,000
This luxurious car is the most expensive Ferrari car that is sold at an auction. It was mainly designed by the company to
take part in 1963 FIA World GT Championship. This elite racer not only won the 1962 event but also got success in 1963. It is a rare combination of beauty and performance that is best maintained till now. Ferrari made only 39 units of 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 – $29,601,500
The lavish 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 is a great racing car which is driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, who has won the Formula One World Championship five times. This model is also known as “The Silver Arrow” as it witnessed victory in 9 out of 12 Grand Prix. The company manufactured total 14 units of this car and we have information on only 10 of them. Six units are lying in Mercedes-Bens office in Germany and three of them are there in the museum. Only one car is owned privately and that also was sold in 2013 for a huge amount $29,601,500 at Bonhams.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB-4 NART Spider – $27,500,000
This is the second most expensive Ferrari car in the list that was sold for $27,500,000. Only 10 Ferraris of this model
were manufactured by the company. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB-4 NART Spider was owned by Smith till 2013. In this year, Smith sold this stunning car to Lawrence Stroll who is known for starting the company “Tommy Hilfiger”. The car was also seen in the film “The Thomas Crown Affair” where Steve McQueen was driving the racer.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale – $26,400,000
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C is a very special car as it pioneered some features in Ferrari like independent rear suspension
along with bringing evolution of the 250 series Ferraris. Only three models of this car were manufactured by the Maranello marque between 1964 and 1965. This classy car was lighter and faster when compared to 275 GTB road car. It was sold for $26,400,000 at RM auctions in 2014.
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO – $19,400,000
The exclusive 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for $19,400,000 to Chris Evans, a British radio host at RM actions. Chris had to make the deal for his other three Ferraris so that he could buy 250 GTO. Only 36 GTOs were made by the company and the best part is all the cars still exist. Majority of the times, they are sold privately and in rare cases only they come up for an auction.
1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione – $18,400,177
1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione comes with 4.9-litre V12 attached in the front. This model was specifically
designed for Ferrari works racing team. Umberto Maglioli drove this model in 1954 in Mille Miglia and stood second. It was sold for $18,400,177 at Bonhams.
1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype – $16,390,000
This high-class stylish Ferrari was sold in 2011 by Goodings & Company for a large amount of $16,390,000. There were only 34 cars made of this model and this is the first one. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype was completely destroyed in 1958 Le Mans race and therefore was quite controversial with the affluent buyers. The company restored all its body parts fully and then sold it at an auction.
1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe -$14,900,000
This highly fashionable Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was Ettore Bugatti’s personal collection as it was very rare royal
model. Only six cars of Royale Kellner Coupe were ever produced by the company. A very powerful engine of 12.7 litre was fitted in the car that was generally used in airplanes at that time. Even wealthy buyers had to think twice before
planning to make the purchase. It was sold for $14,900,000 in London auction.