December 9, 2016 in Auto

The 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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