A 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti has been sold at auction for an astounding $35,711,359 USD (approximately $48,251,402 CAD at current exchange rates), including the buyer's premium.
The car went under the hammer at the Artcurial Motorcars Retromobile auction earlier today and it is being billed as most expensive car to ever be sold at auction - at least in terms of Euros and British pounds.
Bidding started at $22.3 million USD ($30.1 million CAD) and within a minute the price had jumped to US $29 million USD ($39.1 million CAD) as several bidders were fighting for a chance to own the car. The bidding continued for an additional ten minutes before a mysterious "international bidder" made the winning bid.
The car has an interesting pedigree as it first competed in the Sebring 12 Hours in March 1957 and finished sixth. The car also came in second at the Mille Miglia and become the first model in history to have an average lap speed of over 200 kilometers per hour (124 MPH) at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Sir Stirling Moss is also affiliated with the car as he drove it to victory at the Cuba Grand Prix in 1958.
The car was eventually sold to Pennsylvania architect Robert N. Dusek in 1960. He held onto the model for ten years before selling it to Pierre Bardinon who is a noted collector and has assembled a collection of approximately fifty Ferrari factory race cars.