04 Mar Selling High Value Cars at Auction
Luxurious, extravagant, influential and inventive, are just a few words that come to mind when envisioning the most expensive cars in the world. Many of the world’s most enthusiastic auto collectors look forward to elite auctions for a chance to bid on a Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin or McLaren to name a few, many of which cannot be found elsewhere or were owned by the rich, famous or royal.
Here’s a look at some of the most expensive and historic cars ever sold at auction.
First off, the 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 2-Door Coupe sold for $3.85 million dollars at a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This was no ordinary Corvette, this car was one of only 20 L88s built in 1967. The exterior being an eye-catching bright red can also be seen in the interior.
Known for fetching hefty bids at auction, the McLaren name is also known for racing legends in the U.S. and Europe. The 1995 McLaren F1 sold for $15.62 million at Bonhams in 2017, the price included the parts needed to make the vehicle U.S. street legal as it was the first McLaren F1 imported into the USA.
Next up, having one of the biggest impacts on the history of cars, Carol Shelby designed the Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 which, during Monterey Car Week was all the buzz in a bidding war in 2016 that culminated in a whopping $13.75 million dollar sale. This car was the original Cobra CSX 2000 which Shelby had kept for 54 years and preserved the original interior without changing it.
At a speed test clocking in at 198.6 mph, the Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype was designed specially to participate in Le Mans in 1963. It will be remembered as the last Aston Martin built by David Brown to compete in the race. This speedster brought in $21.46 million at auction.
Prior to the sleek E-Type Jaguar, the D-Type was built only between 1954-1957. After being built for only 3 years, out of all of them there was only one that remained intact after winning Le Mans, the 1955 Jaguar D-Type. Having only 2 owners since the 50’s racing pinnacle bolstered its appeal to fetch almost $22 million at auction.
And last but certainly not least, the most valuable vehicle ever sold at auction, the extremely rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta which sold for an eye-popping $48.4 million at RM Sotheby’s auction August 25, 2018. Showing that vintage Ferraris rank amongst the most preferred cars, especially those in pristine condition.