In Design Limited Edition we appreciate big limited, expensive things. So today we present you in this category Luxury Toys the 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold At Auction. Are you ready to know them?
10. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’
Price: $12.8m (£8.5m at today’s exchange rate)
In 10th spot is a car that was raced by three World Champions: Mike Hawthorn, Alberto Ascari and Nino Farina. It was one of three examples entered by the Ferrari factory team in the 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours.
9. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM
Price: $14.3m (£9.4m at today’s exchange rate)
The 250 LM was the last Ferrari to win Le Mans, taking the chequered flag in the 1965 race.
8. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Price: $15.2m (£10.0m at today’s exchange rate)
Ferrari made just 56 examples of the 250 GT SWB California Spider, while the car that was sold at Pebble Beach last August was one of an even smaller number with a removable hard-top.
7. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Price: $16.4m (£10.8m at today’s exchange rate)
Variations of the Testa Rossa won Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and 1961, but the car that Gooding & Company sold in 2011 for a then world record was the prototype.
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6. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione
Price: $18.4m (£12.1m at today’s exchange rate)
At last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus was sold by Bonhams for £10.7 million. The first of only five examples of this 4.9-litre, V12-engined racer, it helped Ferrari win the 1954 Sports Car Championship.
5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider
Price: $18.5m (£12.2m at today’s exchange rate)
One of 59 rare classics that were sold at auction after being found in a barn last year, this California Spider was once owned by French actor Alain Delon, who was photographed in it with Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine.
4. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale
Price: $26.4m (£17.4m at today’s exchange rate)
Ferrari built just three of these cars, each with lightweight aluminium bodywork and a 316bhp 3.2-litre V12 engine.
3. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider
Price: $27.5m (£18.2m at today’s exchange rate)
Only 10 Ferrari 275s were built in open-top, Spider configuration, following a direct request from Ferrari’s North American importer at the time, Luigi Chinetti. The car that went for $27.5m was driven by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair.
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2. 1954 Mercedes W196
Price: $29.6m (£19.5m at today’s exchange rate)
The one car in the top 10 that isn’t a Ferrari is this Mercedes W196. Raced by five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, it won a number of Grand Prixs and sold for a then world record price during the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in 2013.
1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Price: $38.1m (£25.1m at today’s exchange rate)
The 250 GTO was designed to race. But while competition rules stipulated that 100 examples had to be built, Ferrari somehow got away with making only 39. This rarity combined with the GTO’s beauty and success as a racer to make it the most valuable Ferrari – indeed, the most valuable car – ever sold at auction.
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