Top 10 Most Expensive Auction Cars in the World
This is a list of the top 10 most expensive auction car in the world. Through the
process, consisting of those that attracted headline grabbing publicity, mainly for the high price their new owners have paid.
10. Mercedes-Benz 770 F-Cabriolet – $153,000
The 770 was substantially revised in 1938, resulting in the new internal designation of W150. The all-new chassis was made with oval section tubes and was suspended from coil springs all around, with independent suspension at front and a de Dion axle at the rear. In 1938 the Mercedes 770 is thought to have been the most expensive German passenger car offered for sale up to that time.
9. Mercedes-Benz 770 F-Cabriolet – $176,000
The Mercedes-Benz 770, also known as the Großer Mercedes (large Mercedes) was a luxury automobile built by Mercedes-Benz from 1930 to 1943. This most expensive auction car is probably best known from archival footage of high-ranking Nazi officials before and during World War II, including Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring.
8. Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster – $1,450,000
The Mercedes 500K (type W29) is a sports car built by Mercedes-Benz between 1934 and 1936, and first exhibited at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show. Distinguished from the 500 sedan by the “K” in its name which denoted the kompressor (supercharger) only fitted to the sports cars.
7. Alfa Romeo Tipo B – $2,788,513
The Alfa Romeo Tipo B was a classic Grand Prix car designed by Vittorio Jano, one of the Alfa Romeo 8C models and the most expensive auction car. The P3 was first genuine single-seat Grand Prix racing car and Alfa Romeo’s second monoposto after Tipo A monoposto (1931).
6. Aston Martin DBR2 – $3,424,490
The Aston Martin DBR2 was a sports racing car built in 1957 as a sibling to the Aston Martin DBR1, yet competing in a larger engine capacity group. The DBR2 was created from a short lived Lagonda project known as DP166 (DP for Development Project), which was a sportscar similar to theDB3S yet housed a Lagonda 4.5L V12 engine.
5. Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager – $6,500,000
Bricked up with 41.110 and 41.141 during World War II at the home of the Bugatti family in Ermenonville, to avoid being commandeered by the Nazis. On their arrival in the United States, this most expensive auction car sold 41.150, which found its way into The Harrah Collection. The car was then sold at the 1986 Harrah auction where Jerry J. Moore paid $6.5 million for it, he kept it for 1 year and then sold it to Tom Monaghan for £5.7 million (US$8.1 million).
4. Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe – $9,800,000
The Bugatti Type 41, better known as the Royale, was a large luxury car with a 4.3 m (169.3 in) wheelbase and 6.4 m (21 ft) overall length. It weighed approximately 3175 kg (7000 lb) and used a 12.7 L (12763 cc/778 in³) straight-8 engine. This car is one of the most expensive auction car.
3. Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider – $10,894,900
Designed for export to America, the 1957 250 GT California Spider was Scaglietti’s interpretation of an open-top 250 GT. This is one of the most expensive auction car and aluminium was used in the hood, doors, and trunk lid, with steel specified elsewhere for most models, though a few aluminium-bodied racing versions were also built.
2. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $12,402,500
The Ferrari TR, or 250 Testa Rossa, is a race car model built by Ferrari in the 1950s and 60s. These cars dominated their arenas, with variations winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and 1961.
1. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $16,390,000
In all, thirty-four 250 Testa Rossas were built, from 1956 through 1961. The phrase “Testa Rossa” means “red head.” The most well known, the 250TR, was produced from 1957 to 1958; only 2 factory cars and 19 customer cars were built. After the 250 GTO, the 250 Testa Rossa is the second most valuable Ferrari model, often valued at more than US$8,000,000. A 1957 250 Testa Rossa sold on August 20, 2011 for $16,390,000, the most expensive auction car.