Here are the top 10 of the most expensive old cars ever sold
Collector cars are of course the most sought after and their auctions can sometimes reach sky-high. The hottest auction venues are the Retromobile Show in Paris and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Located in California, south of San Francisco, Pebble Beach has hosted since 1950 the most beautiful exhibition of vintage cars in the world. It is above all the prestigious Italian brand Ferrari which regularly wins auction records with no less than six models in the top ten list.
Auctioned € 44,137,400 in 2018 by RM Sotheby’s at Pebble Beach. This Ferrari GTO is arguably the most famous racing car in the world. Its impressive track record and legendary bodywork are known to all motorsport enthusiasts.
2- Ferrari 250 GTO chassis 3851 GT
Sold for € 34,754,600 by Bonhams in 2014 at Pebble Beach. Another legendary 250 GTO, marked by a specific chassis, which develops a power of 300 horsepower per 900 pounds of weight.
3- Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
Auctioned € 32,563,400 by Artcurial at Retromobile 2016. This model came from the Bardon collection. It was believed for a moment that it was acquired by football star Cristiano Ronaldo, but it was bought by an American collector.
4- Mercedes-Benz W196 from 1954
Awarded € 27,036,400 by Bonhams at Goodwood in 2013. This model was driven in 1954 by Juan-Manuel Fangio, a famous driver who won a large number of victories, notably at the Swiss and German Grand Prix.
5- Ferrari 290 MM of 1956
Sold for € 25,576,700 by RM Sotheby’s in New York in December 2015. Another Ferrari is also driven by Juan-Manuel Fangio in 1956 during the famous Italian endurance race of the Thousand Miles.
6- Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 NART from 1967
Sold for € 25,075,200 by RM Auctions. She was sold to benefit a humanitarian cause in Pebble Beach in 2013. There are believed to be only ten such models in the world.
7- Ferrari 275 GTB / C special from 1964
Awarded € 24,073,000 in 2014 by RM Auctions at Pebble Beach, this Ferrari was intended to succeed the 250 GTO. Its rarity is even greater since there are only three copies.
8- Aston Martin DBR1 1856
Auctioned € 20,562,400. This fabulous Aston Martin is the first of all British cars in terms of an auction record. In 1959, she won the 1000 km Nurbürgring, a race that was part of the World SportsCar Championship at the time. It was sold to Pebble Beach in 2017.
9- Duesenberg SSJ of 1935
Auctioned 20061600 €, it is known to have been bought in 1935 by Gary Cooper, the international star of the 1930s and 1950s with films with multiple nominations. This Duesenberg, the oldest car in the Top 10, was sold at Pebble Beach in 2018.
10- Jaguar Type D from 1955
Sold for € 19,861,000 by RM Sotheby’s at Pebble Beach in 2016. Of all the D-type Jaguars that won at Le Mans, this was the only one that had retained its original condition.