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Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, and Bugatti, to mention a few, have been attracting larger crowds year after year and are the subject of intensely contested auctions. Sales of these cars are expanding and spreading all over the world as auction houses internationalize.

Which vehicles do best at the very top of the scale? The following are the ten most expensive vintage cars ever sold at auction (all dollar amounts include the buyer’s premium).

List Of Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

1. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “Uhlenhaut Coupe”: $143,000,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

The current No. 1 on this list is unlikely to be surpassed very soon. The Mercedes-Benz “Uhlenhaut Coupé” from 1955 won an amazing 135 million euros ($143 million) at an RM Sotheby’s auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, breaking the previous record by $90 million. The car is a prototype for endurance racing, with just two specimens manufactured. The “Uhlenhaut-Coupé” was the fastest road-legal car of its day, reaching 290 km/h.

2. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti: $48,405,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

This Ferrari was described as “the world’s most important, desirable, and legendary motor car” by RM Sotheby’s, and they were correct. Scaglietti’s 250 GTO made history when it was sold for $48,405,000 in August 2018. This automobile changed racing forever, with 15 class and overall triumphs, and only 36 of this model were ever produced.

The 250 GTO outbids the Bonhams 250 GTO by more than $10 million, making it the most expensive car ever sold at auction. The only car known to have sold for a greater price was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO number 4153 GT, which was privately sold in 2019 to American billionaire David MacNail for an estimated $70 million.

3. 1962-63 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta: $38,115,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1962-63 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

This Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for $38,115,000 at Bonhams in the summer of 2014, is the third most expensive vintage car sold at a public auction.

This GTO is a popular model, and this particular version was the crown jewel of the ‘Manarello Rosso’ collection, which belonged to Fabrizio Violati, who died in 2010.

4. 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti: $35,711,359

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars -  1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

The Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti became one of the most expensive automobiles in the world when it was sold for $35,711,359 by Artcurial Retromobile in one of the year’s most extraordinary sales. The forth most expensive vintage car sold at a public auction.

The car was released in 1957 and piloted by great racers such as Stirling Moss, Wolfgang von Tapis, and Maurice Trintignant. It was part of the collection of Pierre Brandon, creator of the Mas du Clos, who died in 2012.

5. 1954 Mercedes Benz W196R Formula 1 Racing: $29,650,095

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 Formula 1 Racing Single Slater
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

The fifth most expensive vintage car sold at a public auction. During the famous Goodwood ‘Festival of Speed’ in 2013, Bonhams auctioned off this magnificent Mercedes Benz W196 from 1954 for $29,650,095.

The ‘Silver Arrow’ is outfitted with the unique bloc 2.5 liters 8 cylinders in line and a chassis number 0006/54, and it debuted the day before the Formula 1 German Grand Prix. This Mercedes Benz W196, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio, won both the Swiss and German Grand Prix in 1954, contributing to the Argentinian driver’s outstanding notoriety.

6. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti: $28,050,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

This car was created primarily to give the Ferrari brand a fresh start after it was beaten by Mercedes-Benz in the Formula 1 World Championships in 1955.

Maserati subsequently entered the fray with a brand-new car, the magnificent 300S. This signaled to Ferrari that it was time to re enter the competition, this time with a fresh competitor ready to recover the brand’s race winning prowess. The sixth most expensive classic car sold at a public auction.

The next year, Scaglietti produced the 290 MM, which eventually became the fifth most expensive car ever sold at auction, for a record price of $28,050,000.

7. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti: $27,500,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB 4 S N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

RM Sotheby’s shocked the auction world in 2013 when it paid $27,500,000 for this Ferrari 275 GTB:4/S N.A.R.T. Spider, making it the most expensive automobile ever sold at auction. The seventh most expensive vintage car sold at a public auction.

Eddie Smith Sr. purchased this beauty in North Carolina in 1968 and kept it in the family until the sale in 2013. The coveted N.A.R.T. Spider is one of 10 versions in a series.

8. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale: $26,400,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB C Speciale by Scaglietti
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

According to RM Sotheby’s, this 1964 Ferrari 275 CTB/Speciale was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The car reached $26,400,000 in August 2014, despite being a top-performing racing car and the inaugural edition of a series of just three. The other two cars were adored by private collectors (who had no intention of selling), therefore this current specimen was an unusual deal. The eight most expensive vintage car sold at a public auction.

9. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1: $22,550,000

Top 10 Most Expensive Vintage Cars - 1956 Aston Martin DBR1
Top 9 Most Expensive Vintage Cars Ever Sold At Auction

This first of five Aston Martin DBR1s produced in 1956 was characterized by RM Sotheby’s as “one of the most important prototypes in the brand’s history.” The vehicle is the most expensive British car ever sold at auction, as well as the record price for an Aston Martin sold at auction. A very happy collector purchased the 1959 1000KM Nürburgring victory for $22,555,000. The ninth most expensive classic car sold at a public auction.

Conclusion

The vintage cars in this list are among the world’s most spectacular and costly models. These cars not only have monetary worth, but they also represent a piece of automotive history that continues to captivate collectors & fans alike. Whether you’re a dedicated collector or simply admire the beauty and elegance of these historic vehicles, it’s evident that expensive vintage cars will hold a unique place in the hearts of car enthusiasts for centuries to come.

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