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What Is The Most Expensive Car In The World Of All Time?

1961 Ferraro 250 GT SWB California Spider

In a world where cars are quite often the babies of most middle-aged men (perhaps rightly so), there are just a few cars out there, that not everyone can afford.

Although we take great care of our cars, buying them safer wheels from dealers like Click on Tyres, expensive waxes from Halfords and fluffy dice from Ebay, there are a few cars out there that deserve just that little bit of extra loving care; because if you didn’t look after these ones, they might just cost you more than you can afford:

Which One Of These Is What Is The Most Expensive Car In The World Of All Time?

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

Although seven figure auctions are nothing exceptional in the car world, the most expensive one ever sold was a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rosa for a total of $16,390,000, breaking the previous record by $4 million (which was also held by a Testa Rossa).

Sold by Gooding and Company, this Ferrari was sold on August 21, 2011.d

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

One of the most innovative cars of the time, in May 2008 a Spider was sold at auction in Italy for no less than $10,894,900, a record at the time of sale.

The vehicle was once owned by legendary actor James Coburn, who starred in films such as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Billy The Kid. Interestingly, the car was bought by none other than DJ, Chris Evans, who has a massive collection of Spiders to his name.

1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy

Taking a step at last away from the exotics of Italy, we have at last found our first non-Ferrari.

Sold in the same month as the $16million Testa Rosa, the Duesenberg was sold in California for an eye watering $10,340,000.

Interestingly, the car was commissioned by an eccentric San Francisco gentleman who started building cars in 1921 after a win at the French Grand Prix.

The car itself is very large by today’s standards and the body itself sits on a truck-type body frame, something that is noted by owners, who say that the car actually drives like one too.

1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Kellner Coupe

One of the largest cars ever built, powered by a 12.7 liter aircraft and train engine, the car actually had to be bricked into Ettore Bugatti’s garage so that he could hide it from the invading army of the Third Reich.

The car itself is one of six editions, though only three were sold to the Royal Families of the world; a long fall short of what was supposed to be the biggest and most luxurious car ever made.

Despite that, the car was sold in 1987 at a London auction for no less than $9,800,000.

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

Sold at auction again in 2011, for a tad under $10m, this Mercedes-Benz roadster was sold for $9,680,000 at Monterey, California.

With there being only 400 or so supercharged 540K’s in existence; you can expect each and every one of them to bring in a worthy amount of cash to any seller.

About Chris Riley

I have been wrecking cars for as long as I've been driving them, but I keep coming back for more. Two wheels or four, I'm all in. I founded GearHeads.org and then built and ran AutoWise.com until selling it to Lola Digital Media in 2020. I look forward to watching AutoWise grow as part of the AllGear group.