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Top 10: Most Expensive Cars Of all Time.

Updated on September 10, 2010

Introduction

Ever wondered what the most expensive car is? This is the top 10 most expensive cars, all sold at auction, some of which are so rare they cause a media frenzy when they go up for sale. All the names should be familiar to you, they are of course the big ones!

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million
10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

10 - 1930 Bentley Speed Six - $5.1 million

During the 1920s, Bentley was very successful at the Le Mans racing, winning first in 1924, and then again every year from 1927 to 1930. This 1930s Speed six is the finest surviving winner and sold at Christie's Le Man Classic in 2004.

9 - 1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million
1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

9 - 1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione - $5.8 million

This was not only a pure race care, this was the car that won the 1953 24 Hrs Le Man for Ferrari. It went under the hammer at a special auction at Ferrari's Maranello factory.

8 - 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

8 - 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO - $6.2 million

One of the rarest cars ever made. Only 36 were made and not many have survived. This model was sold in 1991 in Las Vegas. It was the last known sale of a GTO anywhere in the world. If one came up for auction today, some claim one would fetch upwards of £20million.

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million
7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

7 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager - $6.5 million

Bill Harrah sold this !931 Bugatti in Reno in 1986 at an evening auction just for classic Bugatti's. It came from his 1400 car collection and is regarded by many as one of the finest ever made.

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million
6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

6 - Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seater - $7.25 million

London, late 2007, this Rolls Royce not only became the most expensive pre 1905 car ever sold, it also became the most expensive Rolls Royce ever sold.

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million
5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

5 - 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK - $7.4 million

One of only 33 ever made by Mercedes Benz. This SSK Sold in Suffolk, UK back in 2004, making it at the time the most expensive Mercedes in the world.

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million
4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

4 - 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster - $8.2 million

3 years after the SSK sold, this fine example of a '37 540K Special was put up for auction by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. It set a new record for a Mercedes Benz by outselling the SSK by $800,000.

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million
3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

3 - 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Testa Rossa - $9.2 million

Another classic Ferrair to be sold at the 2007 Maranello factory auction (1953 Ferrari 340/375 M Berlinetta Competizione), this one however was the very last race car Ferrari used with a front mounted engine. It was driven in the 1962 24hrs Le Mans by Phil Hil and Oliver Glendebien.

2 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million
1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

2 - 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe - $9.7 million

Being one of only 6 ever made, and featuring a 12.7 li engine (meant for an aircraft!) This Bugatti sold at a special Christie's auction at the Royal Albert Hall in London 1987. In today's markey it could well be worth double that figure.

1 - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

1 - 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder - $10.9 million

The 1961 California Spyder is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Of the 36 ever made. In 2008 this perfect model was put up for auction by former owner, Oscar winning actor, James Coburn. It was bought by British Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans for the staggering £10.9million to become the most expensive car ever.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Has to be the Spyder for me. Still not sure whether I would ever spend that much on a car-I would be scared to use it in case it gt damaged and just imagine the cost of the insurance!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      Lol, yeah I totally agree, although I think people who buy these cars will very rarely drive them. The Spyder Chris Evans bought had less than 6000 miles on it, and he said on his Radio 2 show that he only ever turned her over in his garage.

      If you have the money, it's a good investment as they will never depreciate!

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      Imagine if you pranged one of these on the gate post - how much of an idiot would you feel?

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      Oh year, you'd feel pretty stupid!

      I remember hearing many years ago about Rowan Atkinson and his written of Mclaren F1, someone crashed into him in a classic Mini. Hardly damaged the Mini but wrote his brand new £600,000 supercar off, and Mclaren wouldn't make him another!

      D'oh...

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      At least, though, he had someone else to be angry with - which you wouldn't, if you scraped it on the fence (-:

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      Very true! Well maybe the idiot who built the fence exactly where you reverse into it!

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      Lou 8 years ago

      Nice cars! I suspect your right in that if a 250 GTO comes up for auction sometime soon, it will sell for A lot!

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @Lou - I hope it happens in England, I'd love to go watch a real 250GTO sell!

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      D.G. Bennett 8 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      the '61 Ferrari Spyder hands down...wanted a spyder since i was a little girl...beautiful cars are sexy.

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      WHoArtNow 8 years ago from Leicester, UK

      @D.G. - it is a fine looking car! A good choice, also helps it's the most expensive! I'm sure Ginger Evans wouldn't have any problems with the ladies in this!

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      cliffy 8 years ago

      the spyder is a sweet car

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      Joanie Ruppel 8 years ago from Texas

      That 1961 Ferrari just looks like it belongs in a classic James Bond flick, and should be equipped with the femme fatale in the passenger's seat already.

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      Sally Webster 8 years ago

      Very nice page :)

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      Bentley Fan 8 years ago

      Woah that Bentley, $5.1 million :D

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      Evan Hutchinson 7 years ago from The Dirty South

      Soon to be number 1, the 1937 Rolls Royce Star of India. That car is a beauty.

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      ANtoine 7 years ago

      the 1961 ferrari is the best, no comment

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      Ryster 7 years ago

      When I first saw this page, i thought it would have stuff like the Bugatti Veyron and Saleen S7. But i was wrong. Thank you WHoArtNow. I now know what the most expensive car in the world is.

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      TheLegendTomWing 7 years ago from Havertown

      The Mercedes are absolutely gorgeous!

      This post reminded me of that Russian guy who bought a billion dollar yacht.

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      mohamed reda 7 years ago

      the 1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Special Roadster are absolutely amazing car .

      im not surpriced its gets high votes .

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      oleson 7 years ago

      I love a car that has a racing backgound

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      Novak  7 years ago

      I saw a collection of Ferrari's in Toronto once, and it was quite impressive.

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      I am DB Cooper 7 years ago from Whereabouts unknown at this time

      As much as I love the Spyder, that Mercedes Benz 540K is absolutely stunning.

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      adarsh suryavansh 7 years ago

      never thought the mercedes to go on the top

      but then also i like the ferrari 1961.............

      it looks stunning , just stunning.

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      Shannon Paulk 7 years ago

      All of these cars are just completely cool. I am also a fan of the Spyder but have a soft spot for the Rolls-Royce Two Seater. Love to ride in one of those someday.

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      Mike Allin 7 years ago

      That Ferrari belongs in my garage and that Mercedes Roadster is amazing looking! It looks so new. Great post on all these amazing cars.

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      Motorhomes for sale usa 7 years ago

      Rolls-Royce 10hp Two-Seat is very very antique and 1961 Ferrari is also nice but my most favorite is 1937 Mercedes-Benz its the only shows richest Car as Ever. So my Vote for 1937 Mercedes-Benz.

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      savo  7 years ago

      th 1937 merc for me

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Eye candy - what a delight! GREAT Hub!

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      jon 7 years ago

      these people have no class!...........thay think that the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540k is better than the 1962 Ferrari 330

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      inderjit singh 7 years ago

      like us

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      Lori Catz 7 years ago

      I hope these cars have extended auto warranties, cuz they are expensive to repair!

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      thecoachhouse 7 years ago from Aberdeen

      The California is a beautiful car. Mind you, so is the new California launched about 18 months ago

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      Anders 7 years ago

      The Mercedes is stolen from Iraq, itis belong to the king Faisal II of Iraq, and it was a present from Hitler.

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      lizzygirl124 7 years ago

      The California is nice man you got pertty good taste now me on the other hand i would never put out that much money for a car maybe a house but then again ...... n e ways yeah have fun you peoploe who can buy these cars but cant even help out a homeless person on the streets

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      dave 7 years ago

      these are not the top ten most expensive!!!

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      Karen Perkins 7 years ago

      im sure the bugatti has to be in there!

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      Always Greener 7 years ago

      What about the Gullwing Mercedes?

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      jared 6 years ago

      wow i cant beilieve it!

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      skyrad 6 years ago

      spyder is the beastyest car ever\

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      spongebob  6 years ago

      i like saturns

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      Louis Demos 6 years ago

      My love is a 1930-31 Dusenberg

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      Hedy 6 years ago

      i bet they never use it..

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      CometHunter 6 years ago

      Voted for the Mercedes 540, but that Kellner Bugatti lost by one one-millionth of a percentage point! I wish there was a 1931 Duesenberg on the list.

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      KLeichester 6 years ago

      This is very nice. I Always enjoy cars!

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      dwicklund 6 years ago from Chicago

      If I had 5 million, I'd much prefer to buy 50 really nice classic cars instead of just one!

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      th1981 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the 250 GTO it is an absolutely incredible car. This list has some gorgeous vehicles on it.

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      AKW akinwumi 6 years ago

      Voted for 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California spyder is a world most expensive car ever, i love it.

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      Permanent 6 years ago

      all cars are nice, but what took my attention the most was the ferrari testa rossa, really nice car. However I'm shocked of it's result in voting, being only 6%!

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      Rob Cook 6 years ago

      No competition all looks awesome car of the history, but i like the most is 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, its real luxury car of that time.

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      Elvin 6 years ago

      Wow..Nice Collection I love those all cars. But 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB is just beyond awesome.

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      simysss 6 years ago

      Bugatti Type 57S Atlantic – $30-$40 million ...

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      metaxeirismena aytokinhta 6 years ago

      Amazing cars!!! I Will never have this kind of car even if I work every single minute. I love the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster for me it shines and perfectly fit with my personality. But anyway I’m contented with my .

      metaxeirismena aytokinhta.

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      devilmoin 5 years ago

      awesome car awesome looks beautiful car and speed too

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      2-D 5 years ago

      witch one should i steal lol

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      patrick james rebuta 5 years ago

      hello i am from philippines,that car is so very unexpensive and its sytyle is very ugly.heheheheheeh iuiu

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      Abdul Adamu Bajoga 5 years ago

      Wow! Superb cars i'll go for mecedes men

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      Bheki Hlophe 5 years ago

      I rather prefer new classic than old classic

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      MonaroSS 5 years ago

      No 8. is a 1971 Datsun 240Z based 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO replicar. It's a pic of a fake.

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      Tj 5 years ago

      10.9 million, that's a pretty expensive car

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      paki rocks 5 years ago

      sucks u this is cars? who"ll ride on this cars i think this cars are specially made for ghosts hahaha. lolllllllll

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      samiel 5 years ago

      dats dop

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      5 years ago

      Chris Evans is a media fella who owns various media companies besides being a dj. He has lots more classic ferraris, all of which he then paints white. Never been quite sure what that does to the value...

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      joey 5 years ago

      The 1937 Merc is absolutely stunning, n so is any Merc ever produced...Merc always makes the best car in the world, lets u travel at blinding speeds, yet it's like being in a luxurious aircraft cabin inside any big Merc...Ferrari, only speeds...Merc is an all round the best car money can buy in the world...

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      Mike Gulett 5 years ago from California

      There is a new world record holder. A 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa sold at Gooding in August 2011 in Monterey, California for a record $16,390,000. This is the most expensive car ever sold at public auction. Read more here: http://mycarquest.com/2011/08/a-new-record-price-f...

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      stuart hudson 5 years ago

      i am a rolls royce fan i don't own one but am very surprised that the 1905 rolls-royce silver ghost didn't make the list regards stewy DALBY CITY QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA!!!!

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      hrithikmaheshwari 5 years ago

      amazing

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      Space Elevator 5 years ago

      Really amazing article worth reading =)

      http://thetechlusion.com/space-elevators/

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      the one who can not be named 5 years ago

      i would not spend more than $13.63 on any one of these cars

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      Kristian 5 years ago

      The 250 Testarossa is the most expensive car ever sold. It was sold at the Maranello auction for the modest price of 12.000.000€. That's nearly 16.000.000$. And Chris Evans bought a 250. but it wasn't the California, it was actually a 250 GTO.

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      Un real 5 years ago

      Art you can drive

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      Wolfrick 5 years ago

      I have to say this list is wrong. The #1 most expensive car of all time is the lunar rover at $38million in 1960s dollars. This car had a range of 57 miles and a max speed of 5 mph. It had no doors, windows, windshield and the seats were lawn chairs (yes Boeing used lawn chairs). Though it did have 4 motors, however they were 1/4 hp motors, one for each wheel.

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      Webster 5 years ago

      Who created this website

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      Jesse 5 years ago

      I thought these all were great cars. but you cant just claim they are yours. you need proof, or you just need to by it.

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      Jesse 5 years ago

      who made these cars. but like i said earlier you cant claim them. but yah it would be nice to drive those or at least see those and most of all have them. but i don't go out claiming things and stealing things. i go to church. the name of the church is Central Weslyan it is on G avenue and south 19 street. it is located in New Castle, Indiana.so i know all of the 10 commandments that god made. god did not make humans to go break the ten commandments. he would get mad and send you to the bad place which i think it is in the center of the earth in the core. so don't go stealing things, ok?

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      mr. john 4 years ago

      ferris buellers day off

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      jesse 4 years ago

      GO TO NEW CASTLE, IN AND GO ON G AVE. AND 19thSTREET

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      CanyonSullivan 4 years ago

      I will include sitations of content in this hub and list it under the references page for my school report.

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      eddie 3 years ago

      umm weres the bugatti type 57 that sold for 40mil ???

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