Most of us already know that exotic cars are at the top of the food chain in every aspect of the automotive world. They also cost the most! Here is the top ten most expensive exotic classic cars sold at a public auction in the last five years.
1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (red head): The 1957 250TR sold on August 21st, 2011 for $17,241,000 at auction in Pebble Beach, CA. Known as the “red head” because of its red valve cover gaskets. There were only 34 built from 1956 to 1961.
1964 Ferrari 250 LM: Sold on August 13th, 2015 in Monterey, CA for $17,600,000. Built for the 24 hour Le Mans endurance race, which it won in 1965, entered by the N.A.R.T (North American Racing Team). 32 models were made from 1964-1965.
1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Spider Competizione: Hit the auction block in Goodwood, UK on June 27th, 2016 and brought in $18,392,000. Known for its 4.9L, V12, Formula 1 engine built in the “Big Engine Era”. Only five of this single seat, chassis saw the light of day.
1961 Ferrari GT SWB California Spyder: Rolled across the red carpet on February 6th, 2015 in Paris, France for $18,500,000. This design is based on the MG and featured 276hp and disk brakes. A fiberglass replica was used in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/Competizione) Speciale: Made its appearance at an auction in Monterey, CA on August 16th, 2014 and was acquired for $26,389,000. This model was built for the 1964 race season and housed the 250LM engine. 1 Prototype and 3 for production made the cut for this particular season. Only 2 of 12 built for street use in 1966.
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder: Sold at an auction in Monterey, CA on August 17th, 2016 for $27,936,000. Only 10 built for the North American Racing Team from 1967-1968.
1956 Ferrari 290 MM: Developed to compete in the Mile Miglia with its 320hp engine, hence the initials MM in its name. One of only 4 units produced sold for $28,050,000 on December 10th, 2015 in New York City, NY.
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Silver Arrow: (only car in this list that is not a Ferrari) Sold for $30,069,000 at an auction in Goodwood, UK, featuring the Desmodromie 4 stroke engine. Only 13 of these beauties exist today.
1957 Ferrari 335S: One of the 4 produced was seen at auction in Paris, France on July 12th, 2013 and went for $35,711,359. This machine had a 390hp V12 engine.
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Ferrari 250 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) Berlinetta: Sold for a whopping $38,000,000 at its first ever public auction appearance in Caramel, CA in August 2014. They say this rare animal sells for so much because they never come up for sale. There were 33 of these Series 1 models with this body made.
Looks like Ferrari has the dominating seat when it comes to classic resale value at auction. With such a track record for quality and performance in a vehicle it is no wonder it holds nine out of ten top slots for highest sold at auction.
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