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autoviva2014-09-02 12:05:55

10 most expensive cars ever sold in auction

List is clearly dominated by the Italian squadron from Ferrari

Recently a Ferrari GTO250 GTOFerrari 250 GTOItaly, 1964 > 19641 photo
was sold for €28.5 million and became the most expensive car ever sold at auction. We went searching for record breakers and created a list with the 10 most expensive cars ever.

There is a brand that clearly dominates the list and it's no surprise. In recent years FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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has consecutively broken records for sale in auction and any model of the brand that goes to the hammer is almost guaranteed a sale of several million. Only MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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managed to get in the middle of the auction war.

Now discover the list of the 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction.

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is the most recent record holder of the highest price paid for a car on an auction. The car was sold in 2014 at a Bonhams Auction at the Monterey Car Week for 28,5 million euros (38 million dollars).

Mercedes-Benz W196 Motortyp 196

The Mercedes-Benz W196 Motortyp 196 was sold by Bonhams for 22,6 million euros (29,6 million dollars) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013. The car was more valuable for having been driven by by 5-time Formula One world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

Ferrari 275 GTS/4 Spider NART

The third most expensive car sold in auction was a fully-restored Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider, one of only 10 units. Its detailed history includes an appearance with Steve McQueen in the film The Thomas Crown Affair. The car was sold by 20.9 million euros (27.5 million dollars).

Ferrari 275 GTB4 Competizione Speciale

The Ferrari 275 GTB4 Competizione Speciale can be considered even rarer than the 250 GTO has only three units were ever built. The Ferrari 275 GTB was designed and built to challenge the Ford GT40 and Shelby Cobra Daytona at Le Mans in 1965. The car was sold by 20.1 million euros (26.4 million dollars).

375 Plus Spider Competizione

The Ferrari 375 Plus Spider Competizione was built purely for use by the Ferrari works racing team with a 4.9-litre V12 mounted in the front. It was sold at the Goodwood Festival of Speed of 2014 for 14 million euros (18.4 million dollars).


Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Goodings & Company sold in 2011 at Pebble Beach the first ever built 250 Testa Rossa for 12.5 million euros (16.4 million dollars). The fully-restored car had an illustrious motorsport history and a 3.0-litre V12 producing 300hp plus an unusual black paint job.

Ferrari 250 LM

The Ferrari 250 LM was sold in New York at an RM Auction for 10,9 million euros (14,3 million dollars). It is one of the finest examples of Ferrari’s first mid-engined car in existence. The car finished 8th overall and 1st in its class at the 1968 Daytona 24-hours.


The 375 MM Pininfarina Berlinetta sold in 2013 was one of the three Ferrari 375 MM models entered into the 1953 Le Mans 24-hours race. It was sold for 9,77 million euros (12,8 million dollars) at the Villar Erba Sale from RM Auction.

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

One of only 34 250 Testa Rossa built the chassis number 0714 was sold for 9,5 million euros (12,4 million dollars) at the 2009 RM Auctions Marranello Sale. It is the fourth in the line and only the second customer car

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster was ordered with unique custom features and had only three owners when it was auctioned in 2012. It was sold for 8.9 million euros (11.7 million dollars) at the Goodings & Company Pebble Beach Auction in 2012.


250 GTO250 GTO
250 GTO250 GTO
V 12 ( 60.0º vee)
180 cu in
Top Speed
177 mph
5, Manual
Maximum power
300 hp @ 7500 rpm
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel consumption (combined)
9.41 US MPG
annual ownership cost
$ 1.042




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