History’s 10 Most Expensive Cars
There was a time when cars weren’t heading towards running on electricity or alternative fuel sources. There was a time when cars were being designed by the “big name” companies to have as much power and luxury as possible in one vehicle. This isn’t a list about the fastest cars or the most beautiful cars. It’s a list about the most expensive cars. Some people will pay $100,000 for a nice car but what does it take to get someone to pay over 6 million? Let’s take a look
10.) 1962 Ferrari 250 LM
The 250 LM was the first car that Ferrari used a mid-engine on. They took the engine from the TestaRossa and mounted it in the middle of the 250 LM to create a new type of race car. The car was originally designed to be a GT race car but it never qualified for GT racing. Because of this only 32 of the cars where ever built and on sold at auction for $6.9 million.
9.) 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe
The Shelby Cobra doesn’t need an introduction. This car was born of America’s desire to break into European GT racing. Pitted in a heated rivalry between Ferrari Shelby they designed the Daytona Cobra Coupe with 289 cubic inch engine to beat Ferrari. It became the only American car to ever beat Ferrari in world championship racing in Europe. The fourth of the six coupes that are left was auctioned off in 2009 and sold with the price of $7.25 million. It actually holds the record the most paid for an American car at an auction.
8.) 1904 Rolls-Royce 10 HP
It’s amazing to think that back in the day, when cars were just starting to be made, that they would only have 10 horsepower. It’s so little HP but back then it got the job done. Rolls and Royce were two separate car companies in that time and they came together to make build 17 of these early historic automobiles. It was still designed to look like a horse drawn carriage with no horses and sat on wooden spoke wheels. This historic Rolls-Royce was auctioned in 2004 and sold for $7.3 million dollars. It’s the oldest known Rolls-Royce in existence to this day.
7.) 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK
In comparison to other sport cars during this era the SSK (Super Sport Kurz) is one of the smallest and shortest. This particular car was the last car designed by Ferdinand Porsche before he moved on to making his own cars. This car may by small but it packs a 7.1-liter supercharged punch. In 2004 it fetched $7.4 million dollars at an auction with almost all of its original parts.
6.) 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante
There was a lot of success in Bugatti’s race cars but this car was a highly sought after road-going car. It had an unusual swooping roof and fenders with riveted panels. Less than a dozen where made and of those few none of them were alike. It had a supercharged 3.3-liter straight 8 engine with 170 HP. This car sold for $7.9 million dollars at auction.
5.) 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Mercedes-Benz has a history of producing truly brilliant cars and this Roadster is no exception. The 17 foot Long, 2 seat convertible featured all of the pre-war style from swooping fenders to the spare tire mounted on the trunk. It had a 5.4-liter straight-eight cylinder engine with 180HP. This car was hidden by its British owner during the war time and sold at an auction in for $8.2 million.
4.) 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM
The 330 TRI/LM is the last of the TestaRosso line. It won the 1962 Le Mans (LM). It features a 4-liter V-12 with nearly 400HP and it is the last of the front engine cars built by Ferrari. It is considered to be the pinnacle of the golden age of front engine racing by many. It went for $9.3 million at auction.
3.) 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner
Bugatti, like many pre-war companies, had a hard time keeping their cars around after the wars that raged in Europe during their time. Bugatti is known to create eccentric cars with light bodies and huge engines. This one is no exception. The Type 41 was massive with a 12.7-liter straight-eight engine. It is one of the largest engines put into a privately sold car. There were only six of these cars made and this car was hidden away behind a false wall during the war. It sold at auction for $9.8 million dollars.
2.) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
This Ferrari was featured (and destroyed) in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. This machine is the beautiful embodiment of everything that is a sports car. It sports a 3.0-liter SOHC V-12 with 200HP. It was sold at an auction in 2008 for $10.9 million dollars. At the time it held the record but that record was only held for about a year before the next, and last car, beat it out.
1.) 1957 Ferrari 250 TestaRossa
You probably recognize that the TestaRossa has been mentioned in several other descriptions of cars in this article. That is because this car was one of the GT racing kings and continued to be a base design for many of Ferrari’s other cars. It won many contests of speed including The 24 Hours of Le Mans. This TestaRossa had a 3-liter, 300HP, V-12 engine with a 8,000 RPM redline. This car is so rare and exotic that it was bought at auction for $12.1 million dollars, blowing Ferrari’s own 250 GT SWB California Spyder’s record out of the water.