7 of the Most Expensive Cars of All Time
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Welcome back to another edition of the Rear View Prints blog. We’re taking a short break from F1 talk this week to cover a broader automobile subject, and something we hope you’ll be interested in reading about. We’re going to cover 7 of the most expensive cars of all time. Definitively this list changes and looks different depending on whether you adjust for inflation or not, include new cars, as well as other variables. We’ve decided just to scour over some of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction and list some of our absolute favs. As always, we welcome your comments and opinions down below and we hope you enjoy the read.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale – $26,400,000 (£21,298,910)
A Ferrari 275 is always going to be expensive no matter the variation or model, but the Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale had a few factors that pushed its price to its peak. Firstly, it had aluminum bodywork and a tuned V12 engine. Secondly, this particular model that sold in 2014 has never seen the race track. Only 1 of 3 models available, another one had managed to place third in Le Mans 1965.
Mercedes-Benz W196 – $29,600,000 (£23,880,600)
We did say we’d be taking a break from F1 this week so perhaps we are cheating a bit, but we’d never like to miss a chance to awe and marvel at the beautiful Mercedes-Benz W196. Driven famously by Juan Manuel Fangio, its classic silver finish lives long in the memory of Formula One fans across the world. It was until 2014 the most expensive car ever sold when it changed hands for a stunning £23,880,600 in 2013.
Ferrari 250 GTO – $38,115,000 (£30,750,300) – $70,000,000 (£52,300,000)
At the time of writing, the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO occupies number one and number two on the list of most expensive cars ever sold at auction. The model at number 2 boasts a powerful 3.0 litre V12 and only 39 total were made. It sold for $38,115,000 (£30,750,300). Number 1 has earned the nickname the ‘Holy Grail’ model and was sold for $70,000,000 in a private sale in 2018. It’s been noted that the car has never been crashed as a key reason for its huge value. Some experts have speculated that another GTO could be sold for $100 million within the next five years.
1956 Aston Martin DBR1 - $22,550,000 (£20,185,632.50)
Joining the ranks in 2017 and becoming the most expensive British car ever sold at an eyewatering $22,550,000 (£20,185,632.50), there’s a lot to love about the Aston Martin DBR1. As far as big names go, it doesn’t get much bigger in the world of motorsport than Sir Stirling Moss, who drove this car to notable success in the 1959 Nürburgring 1000.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider - $19,800,000 (£15,974,180)
One for the Alfa Romeo fans here, for our money the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider is one of the classiest and most beautiful cars ever manufactured. Based on the 8C 2.9 chassis and engine, what's on the inside certainly matches the beauty of the outside. Only 12 were built, and this model sold for a whopping $19,800,000. Still, small change for a beauty like this in your garage, surely?
Ferrari 250 LM - $17,600,000 (£14,199,270)
Sometimes, it’s all in the name. That’s definitely the case with the Ferrari 250 LM, standing for, of course, the legendary French endurance competition Le Mans. It was a prototype model designed to be entered in the race and only 32 were ever built. That goes some way to explaining why this fetched an incredible $17,600,000 in 2015.
Jaguar D-Type - $21,780,000 (£17,571,600)
More British racing pride for the list, this type in the form of Le Mans legend Jaguar D-Type. This model, in particular, probably has more of a proud connection with Scottish heritage. It’s adorned with the blue and white flag in honour of Ecurie Ecosse team colours. It sold in 2016 for $21,780,000 (£17,571,600).
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