Do you play the lottery? Well, if you want to tool around town in any of the fine automobiles listed below, perhaps you ought to — chances are you don’t have a cool $13 million laying around. Yet. ($13 million is the least expensive item on this list of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction.)
The most recently produced car on this list set the record for the world’s fastest production car, reaching 231 mph in March of 1998. Someone with a need for speed and deep pockets snagged one for $13.75 million last August.
Introduced in October 1960 at the London Motor Show, this handsome devil was effectively a DB4 GT lightened and improved by the Zagato factory in Italy. Initially, the factory had plans to produce 25 cars, but demand wasn’t as strong as expected, and production ceased at the 20th unit. That’s partly why one changed hands for $14.3 million last December.
This car was the ninth of just 32 made, and it was the last Ferrari to be the overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, having been driven to victory in 1965 by Jochen Rindt, Masten Gregory and American driver Ed Hugus. In November of 2013, this one sold for $14.3 million.
This was Ferrari’s most successful early model, built between 1953 and 1964. A fiberglass-bodied replica of a 1961 250 GT Spyder California, based on an MG, was featured in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Remember how distraught Cameron was when his father’s pride and joy sailed through the garage and into the woods? Perhaps he foresaw that in 2014 someone would pay $15.1 million for it.
These iconic autos dominated their competitors in the 1950s and early 1960s — variations won 10 World Sports Car Championship races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958, 1960, and 1961; the Sebring 12 Hours in 1958, 1959 and 1961; and the Buenos Aires 1000Km in 1958 and 1960. These results led to World Sports Car Championship titles in 1958, 1960 and 1961. In August of 2011, one sold at auction for nearly $16.4 million.
In 1962, Nuccio Bertone wanted to build the ultimate Ferrari, so he chose Giorgetto Giugiaro, a rookie designer at Carrozzeria Bertone, to help him do it. The result was this one-of-a-kind Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Speciale. Want one? Better dig deep. Last year, one sold for $16.5 million.
It’s one of just 56 ever made (and only 37 with those desirable covered headlights). It sold at Pebble Beach in 2015 for $16.8 million.
This Spider went under the hammer just seven months later and fetched $17.16 million.
Another one of these. It sold for $17.6 million.
Perhaps the best-known 375 MM is the “Ingrid Bergman” version, commissioned in 1954 by director Roberto Rossellini for his famed-actress wife. It would have cost Rossellini a pretty penny, though only a tiny fraction of what it raised at auction in June of 2014: $18.4 million.
Yet another Ferris Bueller mobile, and the most expensive to be sold at auction so far. In February 2016, someone snapped one up for $18.5 million. Chick-a-chick-ahhhhh.
The 275 GTB/C Speciale is a two-seat front-engined Gran Turismo automobile produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968. (It was the first Ferrari to be equipped with a transaxle, should that mean anything to you.) In August 2014 one of these was bought for $26.4 million.
In 1967, you could only buy a 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder from one guy: American dealer Luigi Chinetti. He asked Sergio Scaglietti and Enzo Ferrari to build 25 convertible Spyders, which he snapped up for approximately $8,000 each. (N.A.R.T. stood for Chinetti’s North American Racing Team). However, poor sales meant that only 10 were made. So people weren’t too surprised when one sold for $27.5 million in 2013.
Produced in 1956, the MM was developed to compete in the 1956 edition of Mille Miglia, an open-road endurance race which took place in Italy 24 times from 1927 to 1957. (That’s where the acronym “MM” comes from). One of these beauties sold at Sotheby’s for $28 million in December 2015.
This hot little number was a Formula One racing car made by Mercedes-Benz for the 1954 and 1955 F1 seasons. It won 9 of 12 races entered and the only two world championships in which it competed. In 2013, one fetched $29.6 million at auction in the UK.
Earlier this year, one of the four Ferrari 335S models ever made sold in Paris for an ungodly $35.7 million. Once upgraded to a 4.1-litre engine, this storied vehicle set the lap record at Le Mans, finished 4th in the Swedish Grand Prix and 2nd in the Venezuelan Grand Prix P. Finally it won the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix driven by Stirling Moss. The new owner is Argentine soccer star and recently charged evader of Spanish taxes Lionel Messi.
Two years ago, the most expensive car in the in the world went under the hammer. You could pick up a Ferrari 250 GTO for $18,500 in 1962, about four times what the average American made that year. In August of 2014, one was snapped up for a princely $38.1 million, or roughly 850 times what the average American makes today.