Some of the rarest, sought-after and expensive cars in history have been sold through auctions around the globe. Anyone can buy a fancy modern car from the dealership, but it’s the rarity of the classics that push collectors to drop record-breaking cash.
Here are the nine most expensive vehicles ever sold in auction.
9. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider By Touring
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring became the most expensive pre-war car ever, selling for $19.8 million at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in 2016.
In its day, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 was the most modern and luxurious sports car money could buy. Today, Telsa may have it beat in terms of technological advancement, but this baby will forever scream class.
8. 1955 Jaguar D-Type
The 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans race took place on July 28th and 29th. The rain was so persistent throughout that only 14 out of the 49 who started made it past the finish line. Fortunately, the 1955 Jaguar D-Type was one of those 14. In fact, it won.
In 2016, the beloved racer sold for $21.8 million at, like our previous entry, the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction.
7. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1
The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 sold for $22.6 million at the 2017 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, making the most expensive British car ever.
Winning many races in its day, including the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is said that this model brought Aston Martin into the same class as luxury brands such as Jaguar and Mercedes Benz.
6. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale
The first of a few Ferraris on this list is also one of the rarest—Ferrari only built three 275 GTB/C Speciales. This was likely the last one to appear in auction, at least for a long while.
This 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale sold at the 2014 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction for $26.4 million, placing it sixth on our list.
5. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spyder
Another Ferrari that sold at the 2013 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction for big bucks—$27.5 million to be exact.
After selling to vehicle to Lawrence Stroll, owner of Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant and Ferrari collector, Eddie Smith Jr. announced that all the proceeds from the vehicle would be donated to charity.
4. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM
The 1956 Ferrari 290 MM was built for the legendary Formula One racer, Juan Manuel Fangio. Although the vehicle had a racing career that lasted up until 1964, it was never involved in a crash. Plus, it was one of only four 290 MMs ever built.
In 2015, the vehicle sold for just over $28 million at the RM Sotheby’s auction in New York.
3. 1954 Mercedes W196
For a short while between 2013 and 2014, the 1954 Mercedes W196 was the most expensive car ever sold in an auction with a price tag of $29.6 million. Today, it sits in third.
Only ten W196s still exist—six are in the hands of Mercedes Benz and three are in museums, making this the only privately owned model of its kind.
2. 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
Reaching the second spot in 2016, this classic Ferrari sold for $35.7 million at the Paris Retromobile Classic Car Show.
Unfortunately for the buyer, this car isn’t street legal, as it was created purely for racing, but who wouldn’t love seeing this beauty in their driveway every morning?
1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
In 2014, the coveted 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $38.1 million at the Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale, making it the most expensive vehicle ever sold in an auction. Even now, in 2018, that number has yet to be bested.
Only 39 250 GTOs were produced, but considering this model’s impressive racing history and regular maintenance throughout the years, it has indeed stood the test of time.