The Most Expensive Cars – Awfully High Prices
You got the money; you get the car, simple as that. But, how much money these cars are charged for? Several thousand? Several hundred thousand? Million? You may wonder what makes these cars so overpriced? It’s not that they are extremely fast or are super new, but their brand, history and their age are one of the few factors that are setting the price. Check out the most expensive cars ever sold.
1 1904 Rolls Royce 10 HP Two-Seater ($7.25 million)
This is an incredibly old car which, to date, remains the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction. It’s also the most anyone has ever paid for a car made before 1905, which admittedly is less impressive once you realize that, prior to that date, you basically had the Model T and automotive equivalents of bathtubs equipped with wagon wheels. With the engine of this car you might be able to reach breakneck speeds exceeding 25 miles per hour.
2 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK ($7.44 million)
Germans always knew how to make cars. This Mercedes-Benz, which looks like the type of car you could either win an old-timey road race in, or perhaps paint black and use it to get from your underground evil lair to the grocery store, because even super villains need a cool and dangerous looking old-timer. This car was actually designed by Ferdinand Porsche.
3 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlante Coupe ($7.9 million)
This two-door coupe was a another Bugatti creation called the Atlantic, and there were only 17 models ever produced. That is pretty much one of the main reasons for the insane price. This particular Atlante Coupe was owned by various rich people throughout history, including casino magnate William Harrah. And it makes sense that it had been owned by such exclusive clientele, considering the price tag when it was originally sold.
4 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster ($9.68 million)
Another Mercedes-Benz. This car was sold at a Pebble Beach auction and, believe it or not, the final price tag was something of a disappointment. You see, many thought this car had a chance to become the most expensive car ever sold, for several reasons. First, it’s one of the few such cars that are still kicking around that were produced in pre-war Nazi Germany. Also, they spelled special with a “z.” Okay, that might not be the real reason; however, the car was sold for solid 9.68 million dollars.
5 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder ($10.9 million)
Now, let’s switch to Ferraris.. If this car looks vaguely familiar, it’s because it’s the same kind that Ferris Bueller stole from Cameron’s dad and subsequently wrecked in the wackiest of manners. Think about that price the next time you watch Cameron launch that puppy out of the window at the end of the movie.
6 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf/Mirage Coupe ($11 million)
This is the only American car that was ever sold this expensive. As with basically every other American performance car built in the 1960’s, the Ford GT40 was designed with an eye toward taking Ferrari down a peg or two in road races. And why was Ford, in particular, so determined to top Ferrari? Because the company had tried and failed to purchase Ferrari in 1963. So basically, the most expensive American car ever sold was built out of spite.
7 1957 Ferrari Testarossa Prototype ($16.39 million)
The 1957 Ferrari Testarossa Prototype is the first 250 Testarossa ever built, so you can imagine why it went for such a high price. Despite being a prototype, this car was used in road races for eight years. Also it just looks really cool. The actual 1957 Ferrari Testarossa (without the “prototype” tacked on there,) sold for $12.2 million in 2009, so compared to this one’s price that price seems cheap. This one looks like the Batmobile, though!.