Most expensive cars ever sold at auction

At MillionPlus, we receive a lot of requests for classic cars both from those looking to buy them and from sellers. Many of these are confidential sales but we are happy to bring some to the open marketplace as and when they arise. If you are looking to buy or sell classic cars, or you want to sell a McLaren Senna, for example, please contact us to help you.

Here we take a look back at the 10 priciest cars to be sold at auction to date.

1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – $38,115,000

The most expensive car ever sold at auction to date is the beautiful Ferrari 250 GTO. The car is one of the finest automobiles of its generation with a 3.0 litre V12 engine, its gorgeous lines and an excellent race history. Only 39 were ever produced and this particular version was sold at Bonhams in 2014.

2. 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti – $35,700,000

This 1957 Ferrari sold at auction in 2016 having been owned privately for 40 years by a private collector. It had been raced in the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours and Mille Miglia previously.

3. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 – $29,600,000

Raced by Juan Manuel Fangio, this gorgeous Mecedes grand prix car won the German and Swiss Grands Prix in 1954 and at the time of auction in 2013, it was the most expensive car ever sold.

4. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM – $28,050,000

The third but certainly not the last Ferrari in the list comes with this gorgeous racing car also driven by Juan Maniel Fangio. The car was built for the 1956 Mille Miglia and only four were made.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 S NART Spider – $27,500,000

The NART (North American Racing Team) was a leading force in bringing Ferrari to popularity in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. This Spider was one of ten road cars made on order from the NART and was boasted Steve McQueen as an owner.

6. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale – $26,400,000

This racing Ferrari was given an aluminium body to bring its weight down and had a 70 bhp 3.0 litre V12 engine. While built to perform, it was never raced and was sold at auction in 2014 at RM Sotherby’s.

7. 1955 Jaguar D-Type – $21,780,000

Before being part of a private collection, this Jaguar was a 1956 Le Mans winner with the Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse. It was used occasionally for races since and with a limited number made was very attractive to bidders.

8. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider – $19,800,000

The gorgeous coachbuilt two seater Alfa Romea was made by Touring in Italy and was based on the 8.C 2.9 chassis and engine. Only 12 Touring Spiders were ever made.

9. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider – $18,500,000

Hidden for decades in a French warehouse, this amazing example of the 250 GT SWB Spider was sold in 2015, still in full working order. This car is a firm favourite of Ferrari fans and it’s easy to see why.

10. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione – $18,400,000

The final car (and of course Ferrari) to make the top ten is another example of Ferrari’s racing past. It sold in 2014 and its provenance includes a second place in the 1954 Mille Miglia.

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