10 Most Expensive Auction Cars Ever Sold

People have got money and you know that when you see them shedding dollars in the 7 or even 8 figures for antique cars. That case in point, we have a list today for the most expensive cars sold at auctions, ever.

No 10. 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe

Price: $7,685,000

Starting off the list with a hefty price tag of more seven and a half million dollars is the 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe. Only six of these were built and this one in particular won the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 1965.

No 9. 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe

Price: $7,920,000

Once owned by a count in Paris, this supercharged coupe has been painted a number of times. But it retains the original window glass and tan leather. Bugatti collector Dr. Peter Williamson owned this particular car before he died in 2008 after which the cars sold for $8 million at auction, and the money went to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

No 8. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Price: $8.252,000

This car won an award from the Antique Automobile Club of America in 1987, following a meticulous restoration, and then won another award at Pebble Beach in 1988. Eventually former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone bought it in 1995, then put it on the auction block in 2007.

No 7. 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa

Price: $9,281,250

This Ferrari is powered by a 4.0-liter V-12 and was built on a unique chassis, with beefed-up components for the extra power. This car was also crashed by Roger Penske in 1963 at LeMans.

No 6. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Price: $9,680,000

Originally ordered for an Argentinian customer, this well-preserved and rare Mercedes spent time with owners in Europe and Australia before finding a home with well-known East Coast collector Sam Mann and his wife Emily. There were just around 400 of this car built. The car has won numerous show trophies for the Manns.

No 5. 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Kellner Coupe

Price: $9,800,000

This car is powered by a 12.7-liter aircraft and train engine, and bodied by Paris coachbuilder Kellner. Interestingly, this car was bricked into Bugatti’s French garage to hide it from the Nazis. Built by Ettore Bugatti, this car was aimed at Kings and Queens of those times but perhaps due to ultra-luxurious nature of it only 3 out of the 6 made were sold.

No 4. 1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy-Bodied Coupe

Price: $10,340,000

This car came with a 6.9-liter straight-eight twin-cam engine and fewer than 500 were built by 1937, when its parent company died.

The Model J is a big car, with a special Frank Hershey-designed and Murphy of Pasadena-constructed body built on a truck-type ladder frame.

No 3. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder

Price: $10,894,900

This car brought with it the 3.0-liter V12 engine to the automobile industry for the first time ever. Oscar-winning actor James Coburn bought this SWB (short wheelbase) soft-top used in 1964 and owned it until 1988. In 2008, English radio personality Chris Evans bid nearly $11 million for the car, which set a record at the time.

No 2. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Price: $12,402,500

The 250 Testa Rossa had old-tech drum brakes and a live rear axle and drivers such as Luigi Musso, Mike Hawthorn, Peter Collins, Wolfgang Von Trips, Phil Hill, Oliver Gendebien and Wolfgang Seidel became legends as they won the maker’s championship for Ferrari. In this car, Hill and Gendebien won LeMans. Only 19 of the type were built.

No 1. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Price: $16,390,000

This 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold in 2011 at the Gooding & Company auction during the Pebble Beach collector car extravaganza. The car is more commonly known as the “666” Testa Rossa, because of its serial number from the Ferrari factory, 0666TR. It’s actually the first prototype of all of the subsequent Testa Rossas which boasted a 3.0-liter V12 engine. It has raced at LeMans, the Nurburgring, and at Sebring endurance sports car events.


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