What’s the most you would pay for a car? Turns out a lot of people are willing to pay a lot of money for cars, especially if they were made in the 1960’s or earlier, with Ferrari being the most prominent name on the list of the 30 most expensive cars ever made. The list consists of cars and the prices they were sold for in auctions over the years, adjusted for inflation.
30. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: Serial number 2377GT, possibly the most famous of the Ferrari models over the years, this car was sold in 2008 for $10.8 million in Maranello, Italy, through Sotheby’s. In today’s money, it’s $12.1 million.
29. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster: On August 2012, this ’36 Roadster with a 130949 serial number was sold for $11.77 million. The sale was made by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach, California. In today’s money, its value is over $12.2 million.
28. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’: A sports car made for the Carrera Panamericana, this Ferrari 340 (serial number 0320AM) was auctioned for $12.81 million in 2013 by RM Auctions in Tivoli, Italy. In today’s money, its $13.17 million.
27. 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight: Another sports car, this ’53 Jaguar C-Type was being made and sold from 1951 to 1953. RM Auctions sold this specific model (serial number XKC 052) in Monterrey, California for $13.2 million in 2015, which is $13.37 million when adjusted for inflation.
26. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’: Ferrari built 77 cars in the Tour de France series. Serial number 0557GT was sold by RM Auctions a day after the C-Type previously mentioned in the same place for the same amount of money.
25. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione: In 2006, Gooding & Company sold one of these cars (less than 200 were made), with a 1759 GT serial number, for $13.5 million at Pebble Beach.
24. 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra: This Shelby (serial number CSX 2000) was sold by Sotheby’s on August 2016 for $13.75 million. This car was also sold in Monterey, California. This model was the first completed by Shelby, and was in production from 1962 to 1963.
23. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa: Only 34 Testa Rossas were built by Ferrari from 1957 to 1961. This racing car, serial number 0714TR, was sold by RM Auctions in Maranello for $12.4 million (2009). In today’s money, that’s $13.8 million.
22. 1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM Specification’: The newest car on the list (non of the other have come after the 60’s), serial number SA9AB5AC4W1048073 was sold by RM Auctions in Monterey (2015) for $13.75 million, which is $13.89 million in today’s money.
21. 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyage: Bugatti made 7 Royales, six are still in one piece, with the Berline de Voyage being the last one made. Its most recent auction sale came through Kruse International in 1986 (it has since been sold privately a few times) for $6.5 million, which is $14.2 million in today’s money.
20. 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato: Only 25 Zagato Aston Martin cars were made in the early 1960’s. In 2015, a DB4GT/0186/R model was sold by RM Auctions for $14.3 million, which is slightly over $14.4 million in today’s money.
19. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM: 32 models of the Le Mans version of the Ferrari 250 were made in 1964 and 1965. Serial number 6107 was sold by RM Auctions in New York, on November 2013, for $14.3 million, which is $14.7 million in today’s money.
18. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: This ’61 California Spider (serial number 2903 GT) was sold for $15.18 million in 2014 by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach. In today’s money, that’s $15.35 million.
17. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale: The ’62 Berlinetta Speciale (serial number 3269GT) was sold on August 2015 by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach for $16.5 million, which is $16.67 million in today’s money.
16. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: Another California Spider (serial number 3095GT) was sold by Gooding & Company on the same day, this one for $16.83 million, which is $17 million when adjusted for inflation.
15. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: On to serial number 2871 GT, which was sold on March 2016 by Gooding & Company at Amelia Island, Florida for $17.16 million.
14. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa: This sale refers to serial number 0666 TR, sold by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach in 2011 for $16.39 million, which is $17.45 million when adjusted for inflation.
13. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM: This Le Mans Ferrari, serial number 6105, was sold on August 2015 by RM Auctions at Monterey for a whopping $17.6 million, which is $17.78 million when adjusted for inflation.
12. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB California Spider Competizione: There were only 50 made of the LWB edition. This one sold for $18.15 million in 2016 at Pebble Beach. Gooding & Company ran the auction.
11. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione: Ferrari made this car for only two years (1953 and 1954). Serial Number 0384 was sold on June 2014 by Bonhams in Goodwood, UK for $18.4 million, which is $18.6 million when adjusted for inflation.
10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider: Yet another California Spider (the last one, we promise), this time serial number 2935 GT. Sold on February 2015 by Artcurial in Paris for $18.5 million, which is $18.69 million when adjusted for inflation.
9. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider: Only 64 cars were made from 1937 to 1939. Serial 412041 was sold on August 2016 by Sotheby’s in Monterey for $19.8 million.
8. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe: The 5th car in the Royale series, no one is sure who the owner of the car is right now. It has gone through a number of sales, but its most impressive one came in 1987 for $9.8 million, which is $20.6 million when adjusted for inflation.
7. 1955 Jaguar D-Type: The timeless shark car, total D-Type production is thought to have included 18 factory team cars, 53 customer cars, and 16 XKSS versions. Serial number XKD 501 was sold on August 19, 2016 by Sotheby’s in Monterey for $21.78 million.
6. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale: Only 12 of this series were built, two of them for street use. Serial number 06701 was sold on August 2014 by RM Auctions in Monterey for $26.4 million, which is $26.7 million when adjusted for inflation.
5. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider: Only 10 of these cars were built, sold exclusively in the United States at the time. This car sold on August 2013 by RM Auctions at Monterey for $27.5 million, which is $28.2 million when adjusted for inflation.
4. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM: Only four units were produces of this car, made to compete in the Mille Miglia. It was sold on December 2015 by Sotheby’s in New York for $28.05 million, which is $28.34 million when adjusted for inflation.
3, 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196: This car was made to compete in Formula One races during the 1955 and 1956 seasons, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. One of the cars driven by him was sold on July 2013 by Bonhams in Goodwood, UK for $29.6 million, which is $30.4 million when adjusted for inflation.
2. 1957 Ferrari 335S: Only four of these cars were made, one of them being the protagonist in the famous 1957 Mille Miglia crash. This car was sold on February 2016 by Artcurial in Paris for $35.7 million.
1st – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO: Only 39 GTO’s were produced from 1962 to 1964, made for FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category. This car, the most expensive to ever be auctioned off, was sold on August 2014 by Bonhams in Carmel, California for $38.115 million, which is over $38.5 million when adjusted for inflation.