Few brands are as recognisable as the supercar manufacturer Ferrari. Born out of sheer determination and passion in the 1940s, Enzo Ferrari created his iconic 125 S and some of the most expensive Ferraris followed. Since then, the brand emblazoned with the wild black stallion has created some of the most collectible cars ever produced and is a worldwide icon.
There are a lot of cars that sell for vast amounts of money at the auction but out of the top five, four of them are Ferraris. The superior build quality and state of the art racing designs make Ferrari a collector’s dream, which to this day still shows with their new vehicles as well as Ferrari’s successful Formula 1 team.
Collectible Ferraris don’t seem to lose their value or appeal and the top three most expensive Ferrari’s with a combined price tag of approximately $120 million are:
- Ferrari 250 GTO
- Ferrari 335 S
- Ferrari 290 MM
Ferrari’s 1960s grand tourer is one of the most iconic vehicles ever designed while the 335 S can be seen as its predecessor and the 290 MM is among the rarest cars in the world.
Currently the Most Valuable in the World
Of the top five most expensive cars ever sold at auction, two of them are actually the Ferrari 250 GTOs and at $48,405,000 the 250 GTO isn’t exactly something you are going to spot are your local used cars lot. Sold by Sotheby’s in 2018 to Microsoft Exec Greg Whitten, the V12 motorhead’s dream now takes pride of place in his already impressive collection.
Using his tech fortune, Whitten has curated a collection of some of the world’s most beautiful vehicles including vintage Jaguars, a 1955 Austin-Healey 100S and a 1953 Lancia D24.
The Car that Couldn’t be Tamed
A precursor to the 250 GTO, the Ferrari 335 S is infamous as the racing model that suffered a blowout and tragically killed ten spectators at the 1957 Mille Miglia. With an astounding top speed of 190mph, which is difficult even by today’s standards, the 335 S was deemed too powerful following the incident and led to a change in the rules for high-end racing and resulted in the 335 S being replaced by the 250 in 1958.
The latest 335 S to be sold was auctioned off by Arcturial in 2014 for an eye-watering $41,164,000 to football superstar Lionel Messi, who outbid his rival Christino Ronaldo for the privilege.
The Beginning of a Racing Legend
Designed and built for the 1956 Mille Miglia, the 290 MM is among one of the most successful Ferraris ever developed and won that year’s race as well as the overarching World Sportscar Championship as driven by legend Juan Manuel Fangio. Other racing legends such as Sir Stirling Moss, Phil Hill and Peter Collins have also driven the car to victory.
This vehicle is particularly collectible since only four were built and the most expensive version of the car was sold to a private collector for $30,255,000, again by Sotheby’s.