There are some vehicles that have been sold at auction that turn out to be some of the most expensive cars ever sold. Period. While new vehicles from Lamborghini or Rolls-Royce can cost absurd amounts of money, they don’t even come close to cars that have been sold at various auctions. All of these cars are classic vehicles, and many of which are considered some of the best cars ever. So what are they?
Here are the ten most expensive cars ever sold at auction. For the purposes of this article, we are going to examine the sales prices adjusted for inflation, as some of the vehicles were sold in the 1980s.
10. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster: $ 3,325,872
The first vehicle on our list is a rare Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster dating back to 1936. In total, around 342 500K were produced, however there were only 58 of the Roadster models. The vehicle is a huge huge touring car that featured a long front end and a comfortable cabin. The vehicles were equipped with a 5,018-liter I8 engine that produced up to 160 horsepower, allowing these cars to reach speeds of 100 mph. It might not sound like much compared to today’s standards, but those were mind-boggling numbers back then. An example of the car was sold at a Christie’s auction in 1984 for the price of $ 1.45 million, which is equivalent to $ 3,325,872 today.
9. 1934 Alfa Romeo Type B – $ 6,176,089
The Alfa Romeo P3, also known as the Type B, was a Grand Prix racing car that was first produced in 1932. The car was extremely light, agile and powerful with its supercharged eight-cylinder engine. However, the most important aspect of this car is that it is largely considered the first single-seater Grand Prix car in history. The vehicle was also very successful in racing, having scored 46 victories, including 16 Grand Prix victories. An example of this car was auctioned in 1985 for the price of $ 2,788,513, which is equivalent to $ 6,176,089 today.
8. 1957 Aston Martin DBR2: $ 7,584,672
Next, we have a 1957 Aston Martin DBR2. The DBR2 was a racing car developed by the brand in 1957, and was unveiled at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. The vehicle featured a tubular space frame design, a 5-speed manual transmission, and a variety of different engines over the years (Aston used 3.6L, 3.9L, and 4.1L engines). The vehicle won a variety of races throughout its career and is one of the most treasured Aston Martins in existence. An example was sold in 1985 for the price of $ 3,424,490, which is equivalent to $ 7,584,672 today.
7. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder – $ 10,894,900
We finally got to the first of many Ferraris on our list, and they are all a variant of the 250. Ask any Ferrari car or enthusiast, and they will probably point to these vehicles as some of the best. Designed specifically with California in mind, the 250 GT SWB California Spyder is a two-seater roadster that was first introduced in 1960. The car essentially pioneered a new class of vehicles, high-end roadsters, and when all was said And indeed, Ferrari produced around 51 copies in total. An example was sold in 2008 for a price of more than $ 10.89 million.
6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $ 12,402,500
We have another Ferrari 250 next, and this time it is the Testa Rossa. The Testa Rossa was a racing variant of the 250 line that Ferrari produced from 1957 to 1958. The vehicles featured aerodynamic bodywork, a 4-speed manual transmission, and a 2.9-liter V12 engine. When the 250 Testa Rossa was launched, it quickly became one of the most successful Ferrari race cars in history. The cars secured a series of victories for Ferrari, including three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. An example of the car was sold in 2009 for the price of $ 12,402,500.
5. Bugatti Royale Berline from Voyage from 1931 – $ 13,984,669
Before the Veyron existed, the original company known as Bugatti produced some pretty incredible vehicles in its day, and the Royale was one of them. At 21 feet long and weighing more than 7,000 pounds, the Royale was one of the largest and heaviest cars ever produced. It featured a massive 12.7-liter in-line eight engine producing between 275 and 300 hp, an equally large cabin, and all the luxury features …