What can millions of dollars get you? A beautiful big house, diamonds, gadgets, world trip and a beautiful and powerful car with latest technology! But, sometimes with such insane amount of money, comes a sense of style, a taste for rare and exotic cars. People go to great lengths and spend millions of dollars in order to obtain these pieces of automotive art. And, where do you get these historic cars, at an auction, an auction that specializes in the sale of extremely rare and extremely valuable cars. The cars listed here are sold at a public auction house reporting their sales to a governing body for taxation purposes, the only way to know the exact amount of the transaction.
Here are the top ten most expensive cars ever sold at an auction.
10. 1936 Mercedes Benz 540K Special Roadster: $11,770,000
Only 32 of the 1936 Mercedes Benz 540Ks were ever built to cater some important politicians of that time including Adolf Hitler. But this particular 1936 540K Special Roadster may actually be the finest car Mercedes has ever made. Auctioned by Goodings & Company, the original bidding price was $8,000,000 which quickly escalated to a selling price of $11,770,000. This car had two previous owners, including Baroness Gisela Von Krieger of Prussia.
9. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa: $12,402,500
The 250 Testa Rossa is often compared to the 250 GTO, another extremely rare Ferrari. Ferrari fans and collectors argue over which they prefer, but a general consensus is that the much rarer Testa Rossa is easier to drive. Sold at the Ferrari Leggenda e Passione, this 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa fetched $12,402,500. The Ferrari Leggenda e Passione is an annual event attended by owners of some of the rarest and most sought after Ferrari’s in the world. This Testa Rossa was the fourth one of its kind made and is one of just 22 ever constructed.
8. 1953 Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Competizione: $12,812,800
The 1953 Ferrari 375MM Berlinetta Competizione had a rich racing history and that allowed it to sell for a price tag of $12,812,800 by RM Auctions. This 375MM is one of just three that entered the 24 hour Le Mans and had a great deal of success in the race. It is the only working race car in the world to have been driven by three different world champion drivers.
7. 1963 Ferrari 250 LM: $14,300,000
Only 32 units of the Ferrari 250 LM were ever built, LM meaning Le Mans. This particular 1963 model was the last Ferrari to ever win the race and hence fetched $14,300,00. You may be probably noticing that, a number of the most expensive cars in the world are made by the Italian automakers Ferrari. This was the most money ever paid for a Ferrari LM, which was originally set at $12,000,000. The final selling price exceeded RM’s expectations, the official auctioneer for the car.
6. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe: $14,900,000
1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe said to have an engine so massive, that, they were originally planned to be used in airplanes. This 12.7 litre car was 15 feet long and was so expensive in 1930's that even royalty had to think twice before purchasing one. Sold at a Christie’s of London auction for $14,900,000, this rare car was part of the personal collection of Ettore Buggati. Only six Royales ever produced, though Ettore Bugatti planned on making more of them, but the Great Depression eliminated his market.
5. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype: $16,390,000
Confused? Yes, we have featured the car already on the 9th number, but this particular model of Ferrari Testa Rossa was the first of the 34 cars produced. A very controversial prototype, it was completely set ablaze twice and destroyed in the 1958 Le Mans race. The car was fully restored later, having all the parts with matching numbers. At the time of its auction in 2011 by Goodings & Company, it fetched the largest amount of money ever paid for a car in a public auction, a whopping $16,390,000.
4. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO: $19,400,000
This particular car could be on number 1 spot as is believed to be the most expensive car in the world. A certain someone claims that he bought one of these beauties for $52,000,000, but since it was a private deal, no definitive proof of purchase is there. So, it goes down the list with a recorded amount of $19,400,000. Only 36 GTO's were ever made, all of which are still in existence. The buyer of this particular 250 GTO was British radio host Chris Evans, who had to sell off three of his other rare Ferraris in order to make the purchase.
3. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB-4 NART Spyder: $27,500,000
North American Racing Team or NART built only 10 pieces of Ferrari 275 GTB-4 NART Spyder, 1 of which was the 1967 model. Owned by only Eddie Smith till 2013, the car was sold in 2013 for the first time for the sum of $27,500,000. Though, Smith received various offers for the car from the likes of Steve McQueen and Ralph Lauren. The new owner is Lawrence Stroll who was the key figure in starting the Tommy Hilfiger.
2. 1954 Mercedes Benz W196R Silver Arrow: $29,601,500<
What amount of money can you pay for a particular type of car, which is the only existing piece in the private hands? $29,601,500! Yes, that's the amount fetched by 1954 Mercedes Benz W196R, a racing legend, who won 9 out of 12 Grand Prix, gaining it the nickname, 'The Silver Arrow'. Only 14 of these beauties were ever made, 10 out of which exist today: 3 of them are in museum, 6 of them are with Mercedes, and this only piece is with a private collector. The exact car was driven by race car driver Jaun Manuel Fangio in Le Mans, one of the most decorated and respected drivers of all time. Bonhams', a British auction house, completed the deal in 2013 for $29,601,500.
1. 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic: $43,700,000
Why would a car cost such a huge amount of money? To start with, only four Buggati type 57SC Atlantics were ever built and only two of them are in existence today, the 1938 and 1936 models. The 38 model is owned by famous Ralph Lauren and this 36 model used to be with Dr. Peter Williamson, a renowned collector of rare Buggatis. It was later auctioned by Gooding & Company for a record $43,700,000. Although, the 57SC was part of the family of 57C, 710 of which were built during 1936-40 and was designed by Ettore Buggati's son, Jean.