From Ferraris to Jags to Alfa Romeos and more Ferraris, these are the world's most valuable
It's not easy making something like a $1.5 million Koenigsegg Agera R look cheap, but that money practically seems like chump change when you look at these 10 collector cars that have set record sales at auctions. From Ferraris (oh so many Ferraris!) to Jaguars to Alfa Romeos, these vehicles prove just how beloved automobiles are.
In a list put together by our friends at Driving, as many of car-people know, the Ferrari 250 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) that ends up on top, selling for a mind-blowing $38.1 million (all figures USD) back in 2014. The vehicle was hugely successful in the racing circuit, and with only 39 GTO's ever made, it's no wonder it commanded such a huge price. And one of them was involved in a crash this past weekend at Goodwood Revival amounting to one lofty insurance claim!
Yes, second place is another Ferrari, this time a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, wasn't too far behind the Omologato, fetching $35.8 million, and was one of two cars on this list to be sold this year in 2016.
Next on the list is third of six Ferraris on this top 10 list - a 1956 Ferrari 290 MM. The $28 million that chassis #0626 commanded was thanks to an extensive racing history. The "Ferrari Classiche" certified vehicle was owned by several wealthy owners, and as of its 2015 auction sale, now resides with a latest private owner.
The prancing horse continues its domination securing fourth most valuable position, with a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider selling for $27.5 million back in 2013. It's difficult to resist a beautiful-looking vehicle with a 3.3-litre V12 engine under the hood and collectors are willing to pay top dollar for this fine example.
Fifth on the list is a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale. It was sold for a cool $26.4 million, a price that isn't surprising considering it's the first of only three Works Berlinetta Mompetizione cars built - making even rarer than the most expensive on the planet, the 250 GTO.
Sixth on the list - and our first non-Ferrari - is a post-war 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196, which sold for $25.6 million back in 2013. It's a technological marvel that had its share of wins in competition decades ago building a heritage and provenance to fetch the high price.
A 1955 Jaguar D-Type sits seventh in the list here. It was the winner of the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans, raced by Ecurie Ecosse, and was sold for $21.7 million just less than a month ago during Monterey Car Week, making it the most expensive British car of all time.
Now eighth on the list is a personal favorite of ours thanks to Ferris Buellers Day off (Cameron's Dad's Car) a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that was found in a French barn in 2015. It sold for $18.5 million making it not only expensive but one of the most outrageous barn finds of all time and it still needs full restoration!
A beautiful 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C finished at ninth on this list, selling for $19.8 million. With an eight-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission, its luxurious exterior belied a true sports car of its time and it's rarity today grants Alfa Romeo marque a surprise position on this prestigious list.
The last Ferrari on this list makes it into the dead last tenth spot, in the form of a Ferrari 375-Plus Spider. It's famous 4.9-litre engine was reunited with the vehicle when it was sold, making this a highly sought after vehicle that was bought at auction for $18.4 million.
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