There is simply no denying that the passion for cars has no boundaries and the same has many a times been proved by car aficionados who have showered their endless love on cars without giving a single thought to the money involved. Hats off to their eternal love that has engraved their names in the books of automobile history in golden words for purchasing the classic & vintage cars at an amount that is much higher than the actual price of these beauties.
There are many such cars that have been sold much above their original price at auctions, but let’s discuss about the top chart busters only. You will be shocked to know that most of the numbers in the list are dominated by the Italian carmaker, Ferrari, followed by Mercedes-Benz, Bentley and Bugatti. The first car that was sold at an auction at a higher price of US$6,500,000 is Bugatti Royale Berline De Voyager, manufactured in the year 1931.
Let’s start the journey of most expensive cars that will surely send chill down your spines for their unique design, vintage value and love and respect they hold in the eyes of car enthusiasts:
Ferrari 250 GTO (3851GT)
Manufactured in the year 1962, Ferrari 250 GTO was auctioned in a private transaction for $38,115,000 on August 14, 2014. This sports car with its enticing red color was sold to an US communications magnate Craig McCaw at Bonhams’ Monterey auction. The Italian marque has manufactured only 39 pieces of this epic model and since then these masterpieces have become a million dollar affair for the brand where one of the piece was sold privately for a whopping amount of $52 million followed by another piece for $35million. This car entered into the production phase in the year 1962 and continued till 1964.
Ferrari 335 S Spider Scagliettis (0674)
Another Ferrari in queue is the Ferrari 335S, which is a 1957 model and was sold out at an gigantic price of $32 million (£24.7 million) this year only, that is, 5th February 2016. With this, it becomes the world’s most expensive racing car sold out at an auction. The greatness of the vehicle can be calculated from the fact that it was driven by the 1950s racers.
Only four such vehicles were brought to life. The British racer, Peter Collins, was the first lucky guy who got the chance to be behind the wheels of this enticing beauty. Despite the stratospheric amount involved in the purchase, the buyer can’t use it on roads as Ferrari 335 S was specifically designed for race tracks only.
Mercedes-Benz W196 (196 010 00006/54)
This one used to be the most expensive racing car sold in auction for a price of $29,600,000 before Ferrari 335 S snatched the title from it. This 1954 model was sold at the Bonhams’ auction on 12th July, 2013.
Mercedes-Benz W196 is not only beautiful but also laden with many of the technological firsts of its era and is also one of the highly successful car models ever produced in the history of cars. This racing beast made its debut in the 1954 French Grand Prix and since then it has participated in 12 races out which 9 were on its name.
Ferrari 290 MM (0626)
Specially built for Formula One driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, this 1956 Ferrari 290 MM was like its master considered to be one of the greatest masterpiece ever came into existence and as chef d'oeuvres come in small packages so it 290 MM.
Ferrari produced only 4 units of this racing car that was auctioned at a massive price of $28,050,000 at an auction organized by RM Sotheby. At the same auction, the 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet was also sold at a price of $1,760,000, which was once owned by Janis Joplin, the famous American singer.
Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider (10709)
The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider 2-door roadster was auctioned at an incredible price of $ 27,500,000. The auction started with $10 million and was expected to range somewhere between $14 million to $17 million but shattering everybody’s expectation the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 MART Spider was sold out at a much higher price than what was anticipated.
Well, since most of the members in the list belong to the family of Enzo Ferrari, this was not an exception. Only 10 units of this roadster were produced between the years 1966 to 1968 and were only available at a single dealer in America, Luigi Chinetti.
The story is not over yet as more such alluring beauties with their own interesting stories are yet to come. So stay tuned!