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Top 10 most expensive classic cars ever sold at auction

1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

The 250 was designed to race. However, while competition rules stipulated that 100 examples had to be built of each model racing, Ferrari somehow managed to get away with only making 39 (33 of these were the normal cars, 3 of them with the four –litre 330 engine and the other 3 were type 64 cars with revised bodywork)! Although = 39 cars were ever built, they kept shuffling the same cars between different locations to make it seem that there was in fact 100! Ferrari would then go to win the over 2000cc class of FIA’s international championship for GT Manufacturers in the years 1962, 63, and 64. Because the handmade car is so rare, with its GTO beauty and its success as a racer, it is widely regarded as the most valuable Ferrari ever built. The most expensive example was sold at £25.1m.  

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

(Not original Car)


2. 1954 Mercedes W196 

Originally debuted as a ‘closed wheel’ Formula One race car, the Mercedes W196 was produced by Mercedes-Benz for 1954 and 1955 F1 seasons. It was raced by five – time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss it won 9 of 12 races entered. After competing in the 1954 and 1955 seasons and capturing two world championships Mercedes withdrew the W196 from motorsport. Drivers Fangio and Moss went on to describe the car as “Not very easy to drive, however, you were always almost sure to finish” The outstanding racing car was then sold for a price of £19.5m during the Bonham’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2013.

1954 Mercedes W19

 (Not original Car)


3. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider 

The Ferrari 275 is a two seat front engine Gran Turismo automobile produced between 1964 and 1968. Just 10 Ferrari 275s were ever built in ‘open–top and Spider’ configuration. This, following a direct request from the Ferrari North American importer at the time, Luigi Chinetti. The 275 was powered by a 3.3 L (3286 cc) Colombo 60 V12 engine. This particular example was made famous being driven by Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair movie, although before this, it came second in its class in the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring before being repainted and used for the movie. Sold for £18.2m.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder

 (Not original Car)


4. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

Ferrari built just three of these cars, each had a lightweight aluminium bodywork and a 316bhp 3.2 litre V12 engine. The car was originally fitted with a 250 LM type exhaust with side pipes and shared a very similar profile with the 64’ 250 GTOs. The added vents helped increase ventilation to the brakes. The vents consisted of two oval slots in the nose and three vents behind the rear wheels. In addition, the car featured an outside aluminium fuel filler cap, to allow faster fuelling during pit stops. A pristine example of this car Sold for £17.4m.

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB C Speciale

(Not original Car) 


5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. 

This Spyder was once owned by French actor Alain Delon and was one of 56 rare classics which were sold at auction after being found in a barn. In 1960 Scaglietti revealed the 250 Gt SWB California Spyder at Geneva, showing off its sleek bodywork and 185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato tyres. After many years stored away, the car was later found and sold for £12.2m.

5 1961 Ferraro 250 GT SWB California Spyder

(Not original Car) 


6. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione.

The Ferrari 375 was a very exclusive car built by Ferrari between 1953 and 1955. Enzo Ferrari wanted a big-engined race car which he could sell to his customers, and the 370 delivered on this objective, producing 347 horsepower, and a top speed of 186mph. This specific car was the first of only five examples of a 4.9-litre V12 engine racer. Because of its high performance specifications, it went on to win the 1954 Sports Car Championship. 

1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Spyder C

(Not original Car)


7. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

The Testa Rossa was a racing car designed for the street, built by Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s. The racing variations of the Testa Rossa won Le Mans in 1958, 1960 and 1961. Because of such dominance, the TR’s ended up winning 10 World Sports Championship races from 1958. In total, 34 250 Testa Rossas were built. The reason for using the name “Testa Rossa” is a reference to the red–painted valve covers on the cylinder heads of the engine, meaning “Red Head” in English. However the car that Gooding & Company sold in 2011 for £10.8m was in fact a prototype.


1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

(Not original Car)


8. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder.

Ferrari made only 56 examples of the 250 GT SWB California Spyder This particular example (which was sold for £10.0m at Pebble Beach), was one of an even smaller number with a removable hard-top. The car was originally unveiled in Geneva, in 1960, and based on the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. The revised Spyder model, came with full disc brakes and a 280 PS version of the three litre V12.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

(Not original Car)


9. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM.

This example sold for £9.4m. The 250 was the last Ferrari to win Le Mans, taking the chequered flag in the 1965 race. Descended from the 250 P, the LM also sported Pininfarina bodywork, however, Ferrari was unable to persuade the FIA that he would build the 100 examples required to homologate the car for GT racing, so Ferrari’s last race was in 1965. 

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

(Not original Car)


10. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione.

In the 10th spot, is the Berlinetta Competizione. It was one of three examples entered by the Ferrari factory team in the 1953 Le Mans. Having 340 bhp, a 4.494 cc overhead camshaft V-12 engine, and a four – speed manual gearbox it, was the only works car to have been driven in the World Sports Car Championship by three different world champions’; Nino Farina, Alberto Ascari and Mike Hawthorn. The car sold for £8.5m. 

1953 Ferrari 340373 MM BC

(Not original Car) 


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