For the rich, money is of no concern when they have their eyes on a spectacular classic car. Classic auto insurer Hagerty delved into its database for Bankrate to find the 10 most expensive cars to ever sell at auction through Aug. 31, 2016, and provided the details of the sales and what makes each car special.
Sold for: $18.3 million at Bonham’s auction in Chichester, United Kingdom, in June 2014
The 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spyder, known as “The Fearsome Four-Nine” because of its 4.9-liter engine, is a well-known factory works sports-racing car with an outstanding ownership history.
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No. 9: 1961 Ferrari 250 California SWB Spyder
Sold for: $18.4 million at the Artcurial auction in Paris in February 2015
The 1961 Ferrari 250 California SWB Spyder, an original, unrestored Enzo-era Ferrari, is one of 37 covered headlight SWB California Spyders.
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Credit: RM Sotheby’s
No. 8: 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Lungo Spider
Sold for: Price not available; sold at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, in August 2016
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Lungo Spider was one of the most advanced cars of its era, and this is one of just 12 Touring Spiders.
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Credit: Patrick Ernzen/RM Sotheby’s
No. 7: 1955 Jaguar D-Type
Sold for: $21.8 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, in August 2016
This 1955 Jaguar D-Type was the overall winner of the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, and is the only Le Mans-winning C- or D-Type to remain in its original form.
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Credit: Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby’s
No. 6: 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/CSpeciale Coupe
Sold for: $26.4 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, in August 2014
This 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/CSpeciale Coupe is a rare, front-engine Ferrari that was the first of three cars that Berlinetta Competizione built, though it never raced because of a dispute with the race-sanctioning body over its chassis.
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Credit: Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby’s
No. 5: 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spyder
Sold for: $27.5 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, in August 2013
This 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spyder is one of only 10 built, and the car’s ownership has remained in one family.
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Credit: Tim Scott/Fluid Images/RM Sotheby’s
No. 4: 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Spider
Sold for: $28 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in New York City in December 2015
This 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Spider has a well-documented history and had an important role in racing history, including placing fourth overall in the 1956 Mille Miglia, driven by racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
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No. 3: 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196
Sold for: $29.7 million at Bonham’s auction in Chichester, United Kingdom, in June 2013
This 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 was one of only 10 Formula One cars that Mercedes-Benz championed in 1954 and ’55. This one was driven by racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
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No. 2: 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
Sold for: $35.8 million at the Artcurial auction in Paris in February 2016
This 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti has a storied racing history, including a first-place finish at the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix with driver Stirling Moss.
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Credit: Christian Martin/Artcurial
No. 1: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Coupe
Sold for: $38.1 million at Bonhams auction in Carmel Valley, California, in August 2014
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Coupe is considered one of the most desirable cars of all time. There were just 36 produced. This specific car placed second overall in the 1962 Tour de France, then was crashed and rebuilt by the factory in 1963.