The fortunes disbursed at car auctions are breaking records. But which was awarded the highest value?
Invest in collectible cars is generally a safe bet. In any case, it is the option chosen by many rich and powerful people around the world. It is therefore not surprising to find that rare classic cars dominate the Top 10 most expensive vehicles in the history of auctions.
The most curious thing is to note thatthey were all acquired after 2013which testifies to the boom in auctions of this type of car over the past decade. The most expensive car in history of the auction was sold in 2022. New records should be broken soon if the trend is confirmed.
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1956 Aston Martin DBR1
Auction: RM Sotheby’s Auctions, Monterey Sale, 2017
Prix : 22 550 000 $
The sale took place during Monterey Car Week in 2017 and it is still today the most expensive auction in history for an English car.
9. Ferrari 275 GTB/C Special 1964 by Scaglietti
Auction: RM Sotheby’s Auctions, Monterey Sale, 2014
Prix : 26 400 000 $
The Ferrari 275 GTB was designed to compete with the Ford GT40 and the Shelby Cobra Daytona at Le Mans in 1965.
8. Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider de 1967
Auction: RM Sotheby’s Auctions, Monterey Sale, 2013
Prix : 27 500 000 $
This is the car Steve McQueen drove in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.
7. Ferrari 290 MM from 1956
Auction: RM Sotheby’s Auctions, New York, 2015
Prix : 28 050 000 $
It was built for legend Juan Manuel Fangio to race in the 1956 Mille Miglia.
6. Mercedes-Benz W196 de 1954
Auction: Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2013
Prix : 29 600 000 $
This Mercedes-Benz W196 Grand Prix car was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, five-time Formula 1 world champion. For the record, the single-seater was sold “as is”, as if it had just come off the track. A thin layer of grime even covered it.
5. Ferrari 412P Berlinetta 1967
Auction: Bonhams, The Quail, 2023
Prix : 30 255 000 $
Considered one of the most beautiful racing cars in history, the Ferrari 412P competed at Le Mans, Spa and Brands Hatch in 1967. It can also be driven on the road legally today.
4. Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti from 1957
Auction: Artcurial, Paris, 2016
Prix : 35 700 000 $
The Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti has participated in all competitions, from the 12 Hours of Sebring to the Mille Miglia, via Le Mans.
3. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Auction: Bonhams, La Caille, 2014
Prix : 38 115 000 $
This 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta was built to compete in the 1963 FIA GT World Championships, which it won.
2. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Auction: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, 2018
Prix : 48 405 000 $
Three buyers competed for ten minutes to get their hands on this car.
1. Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé 1955
Auction: RM Sotheby’s, Stuttgart, 2022
Price: $142,000,000 (estimated)
Sold at an exclusive auction, by invitation only, at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. It has twice won the World Championship, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio.
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