Up to eight Ferraris “sneak” into the list of the most expensive cars in history.  And among them, one model stands out, the Ferrari 250 GTO, which is listed as the most expensive car in history… Quadrupled!  One of them holds the record for the most expensive car in history: $ 70 million.


 The Ferrari 250 GTOs are certainly the beluga of automobiles.  The price of the only 36 units built by Ferrari between 1962 and 1964 has only multiplied over the years …

what are the most expensive cars in history


 So much so that the first four most expensive cars in history are… Indeed, as many Ferrari 250 GTOs.  The last sold, the 250 GTO with chassis # 4153 from 1963, reached a record 70 million dollars (about 60 million euros) in a private sale in May 2018, according to several American media.

 … If we consider that the most expensive car on sale in 2017 is the Aston Martin Valkyrie for only 3.9 million euros.


 So, what is the top eleven of the most expensive cars ever sold?


  1. Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider (1939)


what are the most expensive cars in history

The 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, the fastest ‘street car’ of its day, sold in 2016 for almost $ 20 million. The top twelve of the most expensive cars in the world is opened (or closed) by an Alfa Romeo, specifically this 8C 2900B Lungo Spider dated 1939 and auctioned for $ 19,800,000 in 2016 (about 17,120,000 euros).  At the time it was one of the most exclusive and fastest cars in the world.  Only 32 units were made of the 2.9 chassis, which boasted an incredible 180 hp of power.  An outrage for the time.  This model is one of the few that are preserved, restored as faithful to the original as possible;  since throughout its history it went through various changes and modifications … Not in vain they call it The Immortal.


  1. Jaguar D-Type (1955)

The striking 1955 Jaguar D-Type with its signature tail, sold for more than $ 21 million. The 11th most expensive car in history is British.  It is the first Jaguar D-Type in history, which had the honor of being sold for a staggering $ 21,780,000 (about € 18,832,000) in August 2016. The Scottish team Ecurie Ecosse won the car with this car.  24 Hours of Le Mans in 1956. A two-seater with airplane shapes carefully maintained and restored all this time.  The engine was sent to Jaguar in 1996 to be disassembled, serviced and reassembled in its original configuration.  A true gem.


  10. Aston Martin DBR1 (1956)


Aston Martin DBR1 (1956)

The most important Aston Martin in history, the 1956 DBR1, which fetched more than $ 22 million at auction. The most important model in Aston Martin history (with permission from James Bond’s DB5) is the wonderful DBR1.  Until the year of its manufacture, Aston Martin had not designed any vehicle for competition.  Everything changed with this model, driven by Aston Martin owner at the time, David Brown (hence its acronym DBR: David Brown Racing).  Only 5 chassis of the successful DBR1 were made, with victories as important as the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. The first of them was the jewel that can be seen on these lines: winner of the 1,000 km of the Nürburgring in 1959,  it has been the car that has reached the highest figure ever paid for a British car.  A buyer put on the table $ 22,550,000 (about 19,497,000 euros) to win the first Aston Martin DBR1 at an auction in August 2016.


  1. Mercedes-Benz W196 (1954)


Mercedes-Benz W196 (1954)

The mythical Mercedes-Benz W196 with which Fangio became world champion in 1954 was sold for almost 20 million pounds in 2015. The most expensive non-Ferrari on the list features Juan Manuel Fangio.  Behind the bland acronyms of the Mercedes W196 is one of the most dominant cars in the history of Formula 1: of the 14 tests in which a W196 participated, it won 11 times.  4 cars of this model were built in 2 specifications: with and without fairing, the latter at the request of Fangio himself.  The Maestro became world champion with this car, winning 4 of the 6 races in which he participated … And the W196 was not ready until the third round of the 1954 World Championship. On his debut, in the French Grand Prix  from that year, Fangio already won driving this model, followed by another Mercedes W196.  Third was a Ferrari… with a lost lap!  The model sold, chassis number 0006/54 (with the wheels uncovered), was sold by the auction house Bonhams for 19,601,500 pounds in 2015 (22,176,151 euros).  A model that Fangio drove in the 1954 German and Swiss Grand Prix, winning both.


  1. Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale by Scaglietti (1964) 


Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale by Scaglietti (1964) 

The impressive Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speziale, sold for $ 26,400,000 in 2014.With number 8 on the list begins Ferrari’s overwhelming dominance among the most expensive cars in history.  Only 5 units of this Ferrari 275 GTB / C (the successor to the 250 GTO) were produced: 2 prototypes (one of them missing) and 3 competition models.  Ferrarista legend tells that the destiny of the 275 GTB was going to be very different.  At first they were to be street berlinettas.  But, seeing them, Enzo Ferrari changed his mind and decided that they would be racing cars.  In fact, the FIA ​​initially rejected its homologation, but changed its mind when Il commendatore threatened to withdraw Ferrari from all competitions … It is true that this unit, sold in 2014, hardly participated in minor races.  Even so, the auction of this model, repainted in gray, reached the not inconsiderable figure of $ 26,400,000 (about 22,826,000 euros at the exchange rate).


  1. Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 N.A.R.T.  Spider (1967)


Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 N.A.R.T.  Spider (1967)

 This Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 N.A.R.T.  Spider is the most expensive ‘street’ car in history: it cost 27.5 million dollars at auctionAlthough it shares acronyms with the previous one, the Ferrari we are talking about now is very different.  This model has the honor of being the most expensive road car ever sold.  Specifically, it is one of the only 10 built of the 275 GTB N.A.R.T.  (acronym for North American Racing Team).  Specifically, this chassis # 10709 was sold in 2013 for the astronomical amount of 27,500,000 dollars (about 23,776,000 euros to change).  And that its original dark blue paint was changed to Ferrari red after a restoration …


  1. Ferrari 290 MM (1956)

Ferrari 290 MM (1956)

Fangio’s mythical Ferrari 290 MM was auctioned for more than 28 million euros The great champion Juan Manuel Fangio is behind one of the most expensive cars in the world.  Sotheby’s in New York sold this iconic Ferrari model with the number 600 in 2013 for 28 million dollars (about 24,200,000 euros). Fangio drove this two-seater, specially designed for him, on the Mile Miglia in  1956, in which he finished fourth in very adverse conditions.  The Argentine pilot did not pilot it again in competition and later it would go through multiple hands.  The exceptional state of conservation of this model (never had an accident), contributed to the high price.


  1. Ferrari 335S (1957)


Ferrari 335S (1957)

The Ferrari 335S with which Sterling Moss won the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix and which was sold for more than 31 million euros in 2016. The fifth place of the most expensive cars in the world is also occupied by another Ferrari.  This 1957 335S was sold at an auction in Paris for 31,396,000 euros in 2016. A car of which only 4 units were built and one of them has a tragic history behind it… The Spanish driver Alfonso de Portago had a fatal accident in the  Mile Miglia from 1957: his Ferrari 335S suffered a blowout and ran over a group of spectators at over 240 km / h.  In total there were 11 deaths, including Portago himself, his co-pilot and 9 spectators … It was not the case of the model sold, which was luckier.  In fact, he finished second in that race and later won the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix with Stirling Moss at the wheel.


  1. Ferrari 250 GTO # 3851 (1962)

Ferrari 250 GTO # 3851 (1962)

This Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis # 3851 has the honor of being the most expensive car in history sold at auction: 38 million dollars was the price reached. In August 2014, the fourth most expensive Ferrari 250 GTO in the world was sold at auction in Carmel, USA.  The unknown buyer put on the table the incredible figure of 38,115,000 dollars (about 32,905,000 euros), thus adding to the privileged list of owners of a GTO.  A hitherto unprecedented figure in a public auction.  Normal, no 250 GTO had been put on sale in 25 years … This model in question -with chassis # 3851- is the only one of the 36 built involved in a fatal accident.  The driver Henri Oreiller, a former ski champion, died after crashing him on a circuit outside Paris in 1962. The car was sent to Maranello, repaired and repainted in red from the original gray …


  1. Ferrari 250 GTO # 3413 (1962)


Ferrari 250 GTO # 3413 (1962)

The Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis number 3413 is already car history: it was sold for 48 million dollars on August 25, 2018, becoming the most expensive car ever auctioned. The last step of the podium is occupied (of course) by a 250 GTO.  The model with chassis # 3413 was sold at an auction in Monterey (United States) on August 25, 2018 for 48,405,000 dollars (at a change of more than 41 million euros).  A figure for which it became the highest public sale of a car in history.  This model was the 3rd of 36 Ferrari 250 GTOs built and rolled off the assembly line in April 1962. However, its current appearance is due to a modification made by the Cavallino firm in 1964. This model was improved  their performance and behavior even more, achieving victory in the Targa Florio that year.  Without a doubt a unique and mythical model among the 250 GTOs.


  1. Ferrari 250 GTO # 5111 (1963)

Ferrari 250 GTO # 5111 (1963)

The second most expensive car in history (sold privately): the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis # 5111.  The sale was estimated at $ 52 million.Some 44,889,000 euros (the aforementioned 52 million dollars) were, until 2013, the highest price ever reached for a vehicle in a sale … Also private, as in the previous one.  This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis # 5111 and restored by one of its previous owners, is currently unaccounted for.  The 250 GTO is undoubtedly the greatest exponent of Ferrari’s dominance in racing in the 1960s.  His list of titles is practically endless.  Which makes it worthy of the record for the most expensive car in history … Triple the game.


  1. Ferrari 250 GTO # 4153 (1963)


Ferrari 250 GTO # 4153 (1963)

Built in 1963, this beautiful silver gray Ferrari 250 GTO has never been in an accident.  He won the Tour de France in 1964 and finished fourth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1963. During his years of racing he belonged to the private team Ecurie Francorchamps and then went from hand to hand with different finishes, but always in his original color.  In 1990 it underwent a meticulous restoration, although it retained most of its original components.  In May 2018 it changed hands for the last time (it was sold privately) for a whopping 70 million dollars (about 60 million euros).  The most expensive car in the world.


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    Very informative blog thanks for the information.

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