The rich and famous are obsessed with cars and therefore tend to purchase some of the world’s most expensive supercars. Classic cars are a great investment and sales have increased massively in recent years even during the recession. Recently, at Monterey Car Week, a number of auctions took place including the Bohnhams sale at The Quail, the RM Auctions Monterey Sale and Goodings & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. In the UK the Goodwood Festival of Speed has had car sales that have broken records and so has the RM Auctions in Maranello.
As you would have thought, Ferrari is the winner of the most expensive cars sold and holds eight of the top ten spots. Here, MotorQuoteDirect look at some of the most expensive cars ever sold at auctions…
1960 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Competizione Spyder
This is one of the greatest sports cars of all time, with a stunning, classic look and competition specification, you could not ask for much more. Along with the competition specification the car also has an outside plug motor. The Ferrari has TR heads, a ribbed gearbox, velocity stacks and disc brakes and it also has a lightweight alloy body. This Ferrari 250 GT California is one of nine alloy-bodied 250 California’s ever made. In 2012 the car was sold for £6.7million at Pebble Beach.
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
This is one of the few cars in the top 10 most expensive list that isn’t a Ferrari and is a beautiful Mercedes-Benz. The car only had three previous owners before it was sold in an auction in 2012 and was ordered with custom features, unique to any other. The car was sold in Pebble Beach for over £7million.
1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa
This is one of the first 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa’s that was ever built and was fully restored. The car has a famous and celebrated motorsport history with its 3.0 litre V12 engine producing 300bhp and a unique looking black paint job. The car sold at Goodings & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in 2011 for £9,820,546.
1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione
Built totally for the use of the Ferrari works racing team, the 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus has a 4.9 litre V12 engine located in the front of the car. The car finished 2nd at the Mille Miglia in 1954 driven by Umberto Maglioli. The two seater car is an intense red colour with an impressive history and is one of only five specially built. The car also won Silverstone sports car race in 1954 with driver José Froilán González behind the wheel. The car sold at Bonhams, Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014 for £11,022,525.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale by Scaglietti
One of the rarest of its kind, only three of these cars were made in late 1964 and early 1965. It was also the first Ferrari to have independent rear suspension. The aluminium bodywork and tuned V12 engine make the car look and sound beautiful. The engine is located lower in the car so that the centre of gravity is closer to the track. Being light and fast, this car is significantly different to the standard 275 GTM road car. The 1964 Ferrari was sold in 2014 at the RM Auctions in Monterey for £15,776,829.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Making auto history, this is the most expensive car ever sold at an auction. It is one of only 39 ever made and produced between 1962 and 1964. The car has removable ‘D’ shaped panels and is designed for both streets and racing tracks. The 1962 Ferrari has a 3 litre engine which was tested and found to get up to between 290 and 200 horsepower. In 1962 it wasn’t normal to have a five-speed gearbox but this car had one which was revolutionary. The interior of the car is simple because of its race car nature. This car sold at the Bonhams sale at The Quail in 2014 for $38,115,000 which is around £22,843,633.
People these days think they are splashing out on electric or cars with all the newest technology, but these are the kind of cars that will really turn heads; classic, elegant and fast.