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Top 10: Most Expensive Cars Of all Time.

Introduction

Ever wondered what the most expensive car is? This is the top 10 most expensive cars, all sold at auction, some of which are so rare they cause a media frenzy when they go up for sale. All the names should be familiar to you, they are of course the big ones!

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

During the 1920s, Bentley was very successful at the Le Mans racing, winning first in 1924, and then again every year from 1927 to 1930. This 1930s Speed six is the finest surviving winner and sold at Christie's Le Man Classic in 2004.

9 - 1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

9 - 1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

This was not only a pure race care, this was the car that won the 1953 24 Hrs Le Man for Ferrari. It went under the hammer at a special auction at Ferrari's Maranello factory.

8 - 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

8 - 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

One of the rarest cars ever made. Only 36 were made and not many have survived. This model was sold in 1991 in Las Vegas. It was the last known sale of a GTO anywhere in the world. If one came up for auction today, some claim one would fetch upwards of £20million.

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

Bill Harrah sold this !931 Bugatti in Reno in 1986 at an evening auction just for classic Bugatti's. It came from his 1400 car collection and is regarded by many as one of the finest ever made.

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

London, late 2007, this Rolls Royce not only became the most expensive pre 1905 car ever sold, it also became the most expensive Rolls Royce ever sold.

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

One of only 33 ever made by Mercedes Benz. This SSK Sold in Suffolk, UK back in 2004, making it at the time the most expensive Mercedes in the world.

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

3 years after the SSK sold, this fine example of a '37 540K Special was put up for auction by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. It set a new record for a Mercedes Benz by outselling the SSK by $800,000.

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

Another classic Ferrair to be sold at the 2007 Maranello factory auction (1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione), this one however was the very last race car Ferrari used with a front mounted engine. It was driven in the 1962 24hrs Le Mans by Phil Hil and Oliver Glendebien.

2 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

2 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

Being one of only 6 ever made, and featuring a 12.7 li engine (meant for an aircraft!) This Bugatti sold at a special Christie's auction at the Royal Albert Hall in London 1987. In today's markey it could well be worth double that figure.

1 - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

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1 - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

The 1961 California Spyder is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Of the 36 ever made. In 2008 this perfect model was put up for auction by former owner, Oscar winning actor, James Coburn. It was bought by British Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans for the staggering £10.9million to become the most expensive car ever.

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Ian on October 07, 2018:

Where’s the Ferrari that sold for 35 million

eddie on December 20, 2013:

umm weres the bugatti type 57 that sold for 40mil ???

CanyonSullivan on March 29, 2013:

I will include sitations of content in this hub and list it under the references page for my school report.

jesse on December 09, 2012:

GO TO NEW CASTLE, IN AND GO ON G AVE. AND 19thSTREET

mr. john on September 13, 2012:

ferris buellers day off

Jesse on May 13, 2012:

who made these cars. but like i said earlier you cant claim them. but yah it would be nice to drive those or at least see those and most of all have them. but i don't go out claiming things and stealing things. i go to church. the name of the church is Central Weslyan it is on G avenue and south 19 street. it is located in New Castle, Indiana.so i know all of the 10 commandments that god made. god did not make humans to go break the ten commandments. he would get mad and send you to the bad place which i think it is in the center of the earth in the core. so don't go stealing things, ok?

Jesse on May 13, 2012:

I thought these all were great cars. but you cant just claim they are yours. you need proof, or you just need to by it.

Webster on April 18, 2012:

Who created this website

Wolfrick on March 23, 2012:

I have to say this list is wrong. The #1 most expensive car of all time is the lunar rover at $38million in 1960s dollars. This car had a range of 57 miles and a max speed of 5 mph. It had no doors, windows, windshield and the seats were lawn chairs (yes Boeing used lawn chairs). Though it did have 4 motors, however they were 1/4 hp motors, one for each wheel.

Un real on March 10, 2012:

Art you can drive

Kristian on March 07, 2012:

The 250 Testarossa is the most expensive car ever sold. It was sold at the Maranello auction for the modest price of 12.000.000€. That's nearly 16.000.000$. And Chris Evans bought a 250. but it wasn't the California, it was actually a 250 GTO.

the one who can not be named on February 06, 2012:

i would not spend more than $13.63 on any one of these cars

Space Elevator on February 03, 2012:

Really amazing article worth reading =)

http://thetechlusion.com/space-elevators/

hrithikmaheshwari on December 27, 2011:

amazing

stuart hudson on December 20, 2011:

i am a rolls royce fan i don't own one but am very surprised that the 1905 rolls-royce silver ghost didn't make the list regards stewy DALBY CITY QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA!!!!

Mike Gulett from California on December 10, 2011:

There is a new world record holder. A 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa sold at Gooding in August 2011 in Monterey, California for a record $16,390,000. This is the most expensive car ever sold at public auction. Read more here: http://mycarquest.com/2011/08/a-new-record-price-f...

joey on December 10, 2011:

The 1937 Merc is absolutely stunning, n so is any Merc ever produced...Merc always makes the best car in the world, lets u travel at blinding speeds, yet it's like being in a luxurious aircraft cabin inside any big Merc...Ferrari, only speeds...Merc is an all round the best car money can buy in the world...

J on December 06, 2011:

Chris Evans is a media fella who owns various media companies besides being a dj. He has lots more classic ferraris, all of which he then paints white. Never been quite sure what that does to the value...

samiel on December 04, 2011:

dats dop

paki rocks on November 20, 2011:

sucks u this is cars? who"ll ride on this cars i think this cars are specially made for ghosts hahaha. lolllllllll

Tj on November 18, 2011:

10.9 million, that's a pretty expensive car

MonaroSS on November 12, 2011:

No 8. is a 1971 Datsun 240Z based 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO replicar. It's a pic of a fake.

Bheki Hlophe on November 05, 2011:

I rather prefer new classic than old classic

Abdul Adamu Bajoga on November 04, 2011:

Wow! Superb cars i'll go for mecedes men

patrick james rebuta on October 02, 2011:

hello i am from philippines,that car is so very unexpensive and its sytyle is very ugly.heheheheheeh iuiu

2-D on September 20, 2011:

witch one should i steal lol

devilmoin on August 16, 2011:

awesome car awesome looks beautiful car and speed too

metaxeirismena aytokinhta on July 13, 2011:

Amazing cars!!! I Will never have this kind of car even if I work every single minute. I love the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster for me it shines and perfectly fit with my personality. But anyway I’m contented with my .

metaxeirismena aytokinhta.

simysss on July 12, 2011:

Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic – $30-$40 million ...

Elvin on May 25, 2011:

Wow..Nice Collection I love those all cars. But 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB is just beyond awesome.

Rob Cook on February 23, 2011:

No competition all looks awesome car of the history, but i like the most is 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, its real luxury car of that time.

Permanent on December 31, 2010:

all cars are nice, but what took my attention the most was the ferrari testa rossa, really nice car. However I'm shocked of it's result in voting, being only 6%!

AKW akinwumi on December 15, 2010:

Voted for 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California spyder is a world most expensive car ever, i love it.

th1981 from North Carolina on November 29, 2010:

I love the 250 GTO it is an absolutely incredible car. This list has some gorgeous vehicles on it.

dwicklund from Chicago on November 29, 2010:

If I had 5 million, I'd much prefer to buy 50 really nice classic cars instead of just one!

KLeichester on November 23, 2010:

This is very nice. I Always enjoy cars!

CometHunter on November 07, 2010:

Voted for the Mercedes 540, but that Kellner Bugatti lost by one one-millionth of a percentage point! I wish there was a 1931 Duesenberg on the list.

Hedy on September 29, 2010:

i bet they never use it..

Louis Demos on September 10, 2010:

My love is a 1930-31 Dusenberg

spongebob on September 10, 2010:

i like saturns

skyrad on September 05, 2010:

spyder is the beastyest car ever\

jared on September 05, 2010:

wow i cant beilieve it!

Always Greener on July 21, 2010:

What about the Gullwing Mercedes?

Karen Perkins on July 05, 2010:

im sure the bugatti has to be in there!

dave on June 24, 2010:

these are not the top ten most expensive!!!

lizzygirl124 on May 27, 2010:

The California is nice man you got pertty good taste now me on the other hand i would never put out that much money for a car maybe a house but then again ...... n e ways yeah have fun you peoploe who can buy these cars but cant even help out a homeless person on the streets

Anders on May 27, 2010:

The Mercedes is stolen from Iraq, itis belong to the king Faisal II of Iraq, and it was a present from Hitler.

thecoachhouse from Aberdeen on May 25, 2010:

The California is a beautiful car. Mind you, so is the new California launched about 18 months ago

Lori Catz on May 05, 2010:

I hope these cars have extended auto warranties, cuz they are expensive to repair!

inderjit singh on April 26, 2010:

like us

jon on April 24, 2010:

these people have no class!...........thay think that the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540k is better than the 1962 Ferrari 330

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on April 16, 2010:

Eye candy - what a delight! GREAT Hub!

savo on April 04, 2010:

th 1937 merc for me

Motorhomes for sale usa on March 26, 2010:

Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seat is very very antique and 1961 Ferrari is also nice but my most favorite is 1937 Mercedes-Benz its the only shows richest Car as Ever. So my Vote for 1937 Mercedes-Benz.

Mike Allin on March 04, 2010:

That Ferrari belongs in my garage and that Mercedes Roadster is amazing looking! It looks so new. Great post on all these amazing cars.

Shannon Paulk on February 19, 2010:

All of these cars are just completely cool. I am also a fan of the Spyder but have a soft spot for the Rolls-Royce Two Seater. Love to ride in one of those someday.

adarsh suryavansh on January 26, 2010:

never thought the mercedes to go on the top

but then also i like the ferrari 1961.............

it looks stunning , just stunning.

I am DB Cooper from Whereabouts unknown at this time on January 22, 2010:

As much as I love the Spyder, that Mercedes Benz 540K is absolutely stunning.

Novak on January 18, 2010:

I saw a collection of Ferrari's in Toronto once, and it was quite impressive.

oleson on December 29, 2009:

I love a car that has a racing backgound

mohamed reda on December 23, 2009:

the 1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Special Roadster are absolutely amazing car .

im not surpriced its gets high votes .

TheLegendTomWing from Havertown on November 04, 2009:

The Mercedes are absolutely gorgeous!

This post reminded me of that Russian guy who bought a billion dollar yacht.

Ryster on October 03, 2009:

When I first saw this page, i thought it would have stuff like the Bugatti Veyron and Saleen S7. But i was wrong. Thank you WHoArtNow. I now know what the most expensive car in the world is.

ANtoine on September 07, 2009:

the 1961 ferrari is the best, no comment

Evan Hutchinson from The Dirty South on August 08, 2009:

Soon to be number 1, the 1937 Rolls Royce Star of India. That car is a beauty.

Bentley Fan on July 22, 2009:

Woah that Bentley, $5.1 million :D

Sally Webster on June 21, 2009:

Very nice page :)

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on May 19, 2009:

That 1961 Ferrari just looks like it belongs in a classic James Bond flick, and should be equipped with the femme fatale in the passenger's seat already.

cliffy on April 10, 2009:

the spyder is a sweet car

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 06, 2009:

@D.G. - it is a fine looking car! A good choice, also helps it's the most expensive! I'm sure Ginger Evans wouldn't have any problems with the ladies in this!

D.G. Bennett from Dublin, Ireland on March 06, 2009:

the '61 Ferrari Spyder hands down...wanted a spyder since i was a little girl...beautiful cars are sexy.

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on March 01, 2009:

@Lou - I hope it happens in England, I'd love to go watch a real 250GTO sell!

Lou on March 01, 2009:

Nice cars! I suspect your right in that if a 250 GTO comes up for auction sometime soon, it will sell for A lot!

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on February 28, 2009:

Very true! Well maybe the idiot who built the fence exactly where you reverse into it!

LondonGirl from London on February 28, 2009:

At least, though, he had someone else to be angry with - which you wouldn't, if you scraped it on the fence (-:

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on February 28, 2009:

Oh year, you'd feel pretty stupid!

I remember hearing many years ago about Rowan Atkinson and his written of Mclaren F1, someone crashed into him in a classic Mini. Hardly damaged the Mini but wrote his brand new £600,000 supercar off, and Mclaren wouldn't make him another!

D'oh...

LondonGirl from London on February 28, 2009:

Imagine if you pranged one of these on the gate post - how much of an idiot would you feel?

WHoArtNow (author) from Leicester, UK on February 28, 2009:

Lol, yeah I totally agree, although I think people who buy these cars will very rarely drive them. The Spyder Chris Evans bought had less than 6000 miles on it, and he said on his Radio 2 show that he only ever turned her over in his garage.

If you have the money, it's a good investment as they will never depreciate!

BristolBoy from Bristol on February 28, 2009:

Has to be the Spyder for me. Still not sure whether I would ever spend that much on a car-I would be scared to use it in case it gt damaged and just imagine the cost of the insurance!

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