Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold In Auctions
In the world of the guys who spend millions to buy a car, the money you would pay on a Bugatti Veyron or an Aston Martin One-77 is just the change in the car’s ashtray for them.
So, I took some time and searched to see which are the most expensive cars ever sold at auctions. I thought you would also be interested to see how much people are ready to pay for a car, so I made a top ten. Of course, they are not just any cars, we are talking about real works of art that belonged to famous people or that were built in limited editions.
Here’s the top ten, starting with the cheapest car (if you can cal almost $7 millions, cheap):
#10. 1937 Mercedes 540K Roadster ($6.6 Million)
Sold by Bernie Ecclestone in 2007, this 540K is one of the 26 units ever built. The car was a symbol of the German opulence and was initially bought by a Briton back in 1937.
#9. 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 HP ($6.6 Million)
The first collaboration between the Rolls and Royce gentlemen, the 10 HP machinery – actually it had 12 HP – managed, with its two cylinder engine of 1.8-liter, to propel this carriage up to 39 mph. The only one that survived the time was sold in 2007.
#8. 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK ($7.7 Million)
Nothing is more relevant for the German engineering that this SSK. Except it is an Messerschmitt. An authentic race car. With its 250 HP it destroyed all the cars on the 20′s tracks. Including the drivers.
#7. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM ($8 Million)
The fastest of all Testa Rossa models, this car was the last front-engined car to win Le Mans, in 1962, with Phill Hill behind the steering wheel. Destroyed in a crash in 1963, it was reconditioned to its original shape in 2007.
#6. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ($9.8 Million)
Was bought by the famous Disc Jockey and Ferrari collector, Chris Evans, and it belonged to James Coburn. In 1960, the star have stepped on the throttle of this 250 on the hills of Hollywood, in a race versus Steve McQueen. Within the legal speed limits, of course.
#5. 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline (#13.2 Million)
Owned right by the Bugattis in 1930, Berline was hidden between the walls of their mansion in France, in order not to be confiscated by the Nazis. Was sold to an American in 1950 four a few pennies and two refrigerators.
#4. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa ($13.3 Million)
With a Scalietti body and a V12 described as making the best Ferrari noise in the world, 250 TR made huge waves among the ones interested to buy the car, when it was auctioned in Marranello, last year.
#3. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe ($15.5 Million)
With a length of over 170 inches and hiding a plane engine of 12.7-liter, Kellner was a sales disaster when first built. With a fabulous price tag for the 30′s economy recession, this car was not sold until the the end of the war.
#2. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO ($19.7 Million)
The second car belonging to Chris Evans on our list, this GTO, one of the 36 ever built, is described as a “Da Vinci of cars”. We suspect it of hiding secret clues about the Christianity’s origins.
#1. 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic ($45 Million)
This Art Deco coupe – one of the three ever built – broke the world record at an auction in June. The buyer remains anonymous and he’d better live in a deserted volcano. Made of platinum. Somewhere on the Moon.