Car auctions can be a lot of fun. Watching an auction – either in person or on TV – allows you to see a wide variety of beautiful cars, many of which have been carefully restored to their former glory. Car collectors are picky about even the smallest of details, so those selling the cars leave no stone unturned as they prepare to sell these prized possessions. If you’re a car lover, watching an auction is a great way to reminisce about many of the wonderful vehicles of the past.
At the same time, car auctions can be depressing. As you see the cars roll by, one thing quickly becomes clear: you will never be able to afford any of these cars. Auction prices even for relatively common cars are ridiculously high, and that doesn’t even begin to talk about the bid prices for something like a classic Ferrari. Many cars sold at auction fetch prices that are well beyond the value of the average person’s home – meaning that for most of us, watching the auction is about as close as we are ever going to get to the driver seat of one of these impressive machines.
To drive home the point on just how crazy car auction prices can be, following is a list of some of the most expensive cars to ever be sold at auction.
Built all the way back in the 1930s, this is one of the older cars that you will find on a “most expensive” list. The Mercedes-Benz 500k line included 342 total cars, but naturally many of those don’t survive today as the better part of a century has passed since they were created. A roadster model of the 500K sold for $1.45 million in 1984.
Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
You didn’t think we would be gone from Ferrari for long, did you? In 2011, a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold at auction for $16,390,000, making it among the most expensive cars in history. The Testa Rossa name is one of the most recognized in race car history, with their claim to fame being the domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
A total of 34 cars were ever built within this line, which is a common theme among the vehicles that rise up into this price range at auction.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder
Yes – another Ferrari. This time, however, the price rises to a downright affordable $18.5 mil price tag. Frenchman Roger Baillon intended to open a car museum to display his collection, but never got around to making it happen. After his death, the cars were discovered by his family and sold at auction. It would seem to be a pretty good guess that no one in the Baillon family is going to have to worry about affording a gallon of milk anytime soon.