The most expensive cars ever sold at auction


People go a bit crazy for Ferraris it turns out


Now, where did I leave my car? Oh yeah, wait, it’s a green Peugeot 306

Humans go bonkers for fast machines, and it is easy to understand why.

Evolution cursed our species with stumpy little legs that provide us only with the inadequate thrill of running. If you run down a hill really fast, you can get some adrenaline going, but this was never going to be enough to satisfy our oversized brains.

Horses can run faster than we can, so for centuries we dominated them and rode and drove them about on our streets.

But the combustion engine changed everything.  

If it’s got a combustion engine inside it, then we bloody love it. Trains, boats, planes, motorbikes, rockets. They are all terrific. If it goes fast, we want one. Sometimes more than one.

One of the most widespread fast combustion machines is the automobile. We especially like those.

The developed countries of the world are practically designed around our love of cars. Cars are celebrated in our cultures and have fundamentally influenced our expectations of what comfortable travel means.

Today, it is reported that one of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 vehicles from the latest Bond film was sold for £2.4m.

That’s quite a substantial amount of money, but it turns out that it’s just peanuts compared to the most expensive cars ever auctioned.

Let’s take a goosey.

1.       1962 Ferrari 250 GTO: $38.1m (£25.1m)

Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO racing in 1987 in Montereay

2.       1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti: €32m (£24.7m)

1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti

1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, sold earlier this month

3.       1954 Mercedes W196: $29.6m (£19.5m)

1954 Mercedes W196

1954 Mercedes W196, being driven by Stirling Moss

4.       1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider: $27.5m (£18.2m)

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB

Similar but different. This is a 1966 model.

5.       1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C  Speciale: $26.4m (£17.4m)

6.       1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: $18.5m (£12.2m)

7.       1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione: $18.4m (£12.1m)

8.       1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa: $16.4m (£10.8m)

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

9.       1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: $15.2m (£10.0m)

10.   1964 Ferrari 250 LM: $14.3m (£9.4m)

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