If you think dropping $2 million on a Lamborghini Centenario is a lot of money, wait until you see the prices of the most expensive used cars ever sold. They’re in a totally different league.
The DBR1 was Aston Martin’s most successful racing vehicle, winning at both Nurburgring and Le Mans. An example of the vehicle sold for $22.5 million in 2017 at a Sotheby’s auction. The car was driven by Caroll Shelby and Sir Stirling Moss himself.
For car enthusiasts, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Ferrari makes an appearance in this list. In fact, the Italian automaker dominates the rankings for the most expensive used cars ever sold.
This particular model – the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM – fetched more than $22 million in 2018. Buyers love it for its Formula 1 heritage and pedigree. Despite its retro shape, it still looks like a fast car today.
1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R
The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R is another Formula 1 racing car built by the German automaker for the 1954 and 1955 seasons. Under the stewardship of Juan Manuel Fangio, it managed to win back-to-back championships. Though the vehicle has a few dents and scrapes from its racing days, it still managed to sell for a whopping $29.6 million at a Bonjam auction in 2013. I would scrap my car for cash if it was worth that kind of money.
1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti
Coming straight out of the annals of motoring heaven, the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti is perhaps the most beautiful car you’ll ever see on the road. A version of the vehicle sporting Rosso Corsa paint fetched an astonishing $35.7 million at auction and is only one of four ever built. Collectors love the car because of its classic lines and the fact that practically nobody else owns one.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta
The 250 GTO was one of the most impressive vehicles that Ferrari ever made. It featured a giant V12 engine for the time, capable of generating more than 296 bhp. What’s more, it won the FIA World GT Championship an impressive three times in a row before being retired.
In 2014, an example of the vehicle sold for a mammoth $38.1 million at a Bonhams auction, making it the second most expensive vehicle sale in history.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti
When the 1962 250 GTO by Scaglietti first hit the market, it retailed for around $18,000. That was a lot of money (given that the average salary was more like $2,000 back then). But since then, the real value of the vehicle has increased tremendously.
How much is it worth today? Well, an example of the vehicle sold for a massive $48.4 million at Sotheby’s auction. Punters widely regard it as being the most important and desirable supercar ever built.
Private sales of the vehicle may have fetched even higher prices. There are reports that one GTO may have sold for more than $70 million.