Top 5: World’s Most Expensive Cars
Our run down of the world’s most expensive cars. Ferrari and Bugatti dominate the list of the most expensive cars ever sold. There is also a new entrant at number 2, having been sold at auction in August 2011.
1. £20 – £27m – 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic
The 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Atlantic became the most expensive car ever sold in May 2010. It was bought by an anonymous buyer for an undisclosed price, but is believed to have cost anywhere between £20m – £27m. The coupe was one of only three ever built.
2. £14.9m – 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa
The 1956 Ferrari Testa Rossa fetched £14.9m at auction in California in August 2011. The classic Ferrari was severely damaged in a Le Mans race in 1958 and also wrecked by a garage fire. It was professionally restored and this did not seem to affect the price at the Gooding & Company auction.
3. £13m – 1954-55 Mercedes-Benz W196
The only works Mercedes Formula One Grand Prix car that is owned by a member of the public. Mercedes donated the model to the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, in the 1980s. It was then sold to finance renovation work and changed hands again in 1990 for £13m.
4. £12m – 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
Radio and TV personality Chris Evans bought this model, one of only 36 ever built, in May 2010. He paid £12m for the model, which was described as “the Leonardo da Vinci of motoring”.
5. £9.2m – 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe
Despite being a sales flop in its lifetime, due to the fact it had a huge price tag and launched during the Great Depression, it fetched a then record £9.2m in 1987. It was auctioned at the Royal Albert Hall and purchased by a Japanese collector.
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