What Are the Most Expensive Classic Cars?


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Many of the most expensive classic cars available at auction are Ferrari models produced during the 1950s and 1960s. Other cars that often trade in the millions of dollars include Mercedes-Benz coupes and roadsters, Ford Shelby Cobras, and old Bugatti models.

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In 2014, a Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta sold at Bonham's Monterey at $38.2 million including fees, breaking the previous record for the most expensive classic car ever sold. No stranger to the "most expensive cars" list, Ferrari occupied 10 of the top 14 spots for the highest-dollar sales in the first three months of 2015, and nine of the top 10 spots in 2014. Popular models with rare-air classic car collectors also include the 250 GT California Spyder and 400 Superamerica.

As for Mercedes-Benz, its 80-year-old sports cars like the 1936 540K Special Roadster can approach Ferrari territory, with one such car going for $11.7 million. A genuine Ford Shelby Cobra coupe or roadster can command in the $5 to $10 million range.

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