Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold
This is the top 10 most expensive cars ever sold, all sold at auction, some of which are so rare they cause a media frenzy when they go up for sale. All the names should be familiar to you, they are of course the big ones.
10. 1930 Bentley Speed Six – $5.1 million
During the 1920s Bentley was hugely successful at Le Mans, winning in 1924 and from 1927 to 1930. This factory racing car is seen as the best surviving example of these cars, and its Christie’s auction price makes it the most expensive cars ever sold.
9. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione – $5.8 million
The rare Ferrari 340/375 is a pure racing car, designed to compete at the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race. It took the victory in 1954, powered by an exquisite 4.9-litre V12 engine.
8. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – $6.2 million
This most expensive cars ever sold was sold at a Las Vegas car auction in 1991 and marks the last time a Ferrari GTO was offered for sale. Experts believe the Ferrari GTO, of which 39 exist, could break all records if on sale today as it is regarded as the most desirable model of Ferrari ever built.
7. 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager – $6.5 million
The most expensive cars ever sold in the list belonged to Bill Harrah – the owner of a 1,400 strong car collection.
6. Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater – $7.25 million
London, late 2007, this Rolls Royce not only became the most expensive cars ever sold, it also became the most expensive Rolls Royce ever sold.
5. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK – $7.4 million
The Mercedes-Benz SSK was one of the most successful sports cars of its day, convincingly dominating the German Grand Prix.
4. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster – $8.2 million
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone’s Mercedes Special Roadster is the world’s finest example of the 5.4-litre sports car. It sold at RM Auctions in Battersea Park, London in 2007.
3. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa – $9.2 million
This car was the last front-engined Ferrari to win at the Le Mans 24-hour race, at the hands of racing drivers Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien in 1962. This most expensive cars ever sold was sold in 2007 during an Italian car auction of 33 Ferrari road and racing cars.
2. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe – $9.7 million
This fifteen foot Bugatti Royale is one of only six that were built. Its huge 12.7-litre engine was originally meant for use in aircraft, and it is one of the largest ever fitted into a car. This example was sold in 1987 during a Christie’s auction at the Royal Albert Hall in Londo.
1. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder – $10.9 million
The 1961 California Spyder is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Of the 36 ever made. In 2008 this perfect model was put up for auction by former owner, Oscar winning actor, James Coburn. It was bought by British Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans for the staggering £10.9million to become the most expensive cars ever sold.