The Top 30 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold at Auction

James Lipman

These are the cream of the crop: the most expensive cars traded at auction. Mercedes-Benz holds the top spot and Ferrari makes up most of the list, but other marques, including those from Italy, Great Britain, and the United States secured places as well. Each listing provides a link to the car’s details, and the sale prices include auction fees.

Last updated: January 23, 2024

1. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe high angle front three-quarter action
James Lipman

Sale Price: $142,000,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 5/5/2022

2. 1962 Ferrari 330 LM/250 GTO

Ferrari Gala 250 GTO front
Getty Images / Dimitrios Kambouris

Sale Price: $51,705,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 11/13/2023

3. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $48,405,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/25/2018

4. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Bonhams

Sale Price: $38,115,000 Auction house: Bonhams Date sold: 8/14/2014

5. 1957 Ferrari 335 S

Artcurial

Sale Price: $35,763,848 Auction house: Artcurial Date sold: 2/5/2016

6. 1967 Ferrari 412P Berlinetta

Evan Klein

Sale Price: $30,255,000 Auction house: Bonhams Date sold: 8/18/2023

7. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196
Bonhams

Sale Price: $29,650,095 Auction house: Bonhams Date sold: 7/12/2013

8. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM

1956 Ferrari 290 MM
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $28,050,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 12/10/2015

9. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S

RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $27,500,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/15/2013

10. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

Ferrari 275 GTB/C
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $26,400,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/15/2014

11. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1

1956 Aston Martin DBR1
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $22,550,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/18/2017

12. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM

1956 Ferrari 290 MM
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $22,005,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 12/8/2018

13. 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport

1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Carroll Shelby
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $22,005,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/20/2022

14. 1935 Duesenberg Model SSJ

1935 Duesenberg SSJ
Gooding & Co., Mathieu Heurtault

Sale Price: $22,000,000 Auction house: Gooding & Co. Date sold: 8/24/2018

15. 1955 Jaguar D-Type

1955 Jaguar D-Type
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $21,780,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/19/2016

16. 1963 Aston Martin DP215

1963 Aston Martin DP215
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $21,455,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/24/2018

17. 1995 McLaren F1

1995 McLaren F1
Gooding & Co., Mike Maez

Sale Price: $20,465,000 Auction house: Gooding & Co. Date sold: 8/13/2021

18. 1994 Mclaren F1

RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $19,805,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/16/2019

19. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $19,800,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/19/2016

20. 2013 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 W04

Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $18,815,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 11/17/2023

21. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Touring
Artcurial

Sale Price: $18,563,605 Auction house: Artcurial Date sold: 2/5/2019

22. 1961 Ferrari 250 California

1961 Ferrari 250 California
Artcurial

Sale Price: $18,405,440 Auction house: Artcurial Date sold: 2/6/2015

23. 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus

1954 Ferrari 375 Plus
Bonhams

Sale Price: $18,309,613 Auction house: Bonhams Date sold: 6/27/2014

24. 1959 Ferrari 250 California

Gooding & Co., Brian Henniker

Sale Price: $18,150,000 Auction house: Gooding & Co. Date sold: 8/20/2016

25. 1962 Ferrari 250 California

1962 Ferrari 250 GT California
Gooding & Co., Mathieu Heurtault

Sale Price: $18,045,000 Auction house: Gooding & Co. Date sold: 3/3/2023

26. 1959 Ferrari 250 California

1959 Ferrari 250 California
RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $17,990,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 12/6/2017

27. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Rick Carey

Sale Price: $17,990,000 Auction house: Mecum Date sold: 1/13/2024

28. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

RM Sotheby’s

Sale Price: $17,600,000 Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Date sold: 8/13/2015

29. 1961 Ferrari 250 California

1961 Ferrari 250 California
Gooding & Co., Mathieu Heurtault

Sale Price: $17,160,000 Auction house: Gooding & Co. Date sold: 3/11/2016

30. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Artcurial

Sale Price: $17,120,268 Auction house: Artcurial Date sold: 7/6/2023

 

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