The most expensive car ever sold is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO which changed hands for $35MILLION in May 2012. The lime-green sports car, originally built for British racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, was bought by billionaire US car collector and businessman Craig McCaw, above, from Dutch-born tycoon Eric Heerema. It is one of just 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs ever made. They sold for around $18,000 when they were first put on the market just over 50 years ago.
Other contenders for the most expensive car in the world include a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic which sold for over $30million (with rumours the price was as high as $40million), also in May 2012. A Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa that won the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1958 fetched around $25million. And a Ferrari 250 GTO bought for $18million by British TV and radio host Chris Evans in 2010 — which was at the time the most expensive car in the world — was sold for just under $30million in early 2012, banking him a profit of around $10million in just two years.
You can watch a nail-biting video of the $35million Ferrari 250 GTO here. Just be thankful that you don’t have to dodge the traffic like the driver does. Every time we watch it we can’t help worrying that the motorist is going to scrape the bottom of the car coming off that forecourt then bash into one of the other vehicles coming along the road. We doubt the other motorists have any idea what a catastrophe a dent in that particular Ferrari would be…
A string of other classic cars are also worth tens of millions, but among newer cars the list is as follows…
Most expensive car that is not a classic car
The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita: $4.85million
The most expensive car made in recent years is the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita — a limited edition of the Swedish hypercar manufacturer’s CCXR model. It is so expensive because the carbon fiber used in the bodywork is coated with a DIAMOND finish. But the car is so fast that its unlikely you’d ever have time to notice if it passed you on the road. It features a 4.8liter V8 engine producing up to around 1018bhp and does 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed over over 254mph. It is so expensive to make that just THREE were made. But if you weren’t that fussed about your car looking like a gemstone, then you could have picked up a normal CCXR for around $2million before it ceased production in 2011. Koenigsegg‘s basic CCX would have cost you a mere $545,000 when bought new.
Check out this short (and very rare) glimpse of the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita actually on the road:
The most expensive car list: Best of the rest
Lamborghini Veneno: $3.9million
The Veneno is the most expensive car ever made by Lamborghini — and, like the CCXR Trevita, just three were made. It was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland to celebrate the Italian car manufacturer’s 50th anniversary. The Veneno is based on Lamborghini’s flagship supercar the Aventador, and is named after a famous fighting bull which gorged a matador to death in Andalucia, Spain, in 1914. The name means Venom in Portuguese and Spanish. When it was unveiled Lamborghini said the Veneno offered both a tribute to the firm’s past but also a look into the future of what the next generation of Lamborghinis could look like. Like the Aventador it has a 6.5liter V12 engine and can do 0-60mph in around 2.9seconds with an estimated top speed of 217mph. You can see more pictures of the Veneno in our gallery HERE.
Plus, have a look at this behind the scenes footage of the Lamborghini Veneno growling as it leaves the Geneva Motor Show after its unveiling. Time to start saving up!
W Motors Lykan Hypersport: $3.4million
The Lykan Hypersport, made by Lebanon-based W Motors, is the most expensive car ever built by a firm in an Arab country. The car was unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show in January 2013, with just seven set for production. It’s claimed the Lykan Hypersport has a top speed of 245mph and does 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds. It has a twin turbo flat-six Porsche engine producing 740bhp. It is so expensive because the bodywork is almost entirely carbon fiber…oh, and the fact that it has diamond, gold and PLATINUM encrusted interiors. There are even gems in the headlights. Anyone who buys one apparently gets a $200,000 Cyrus Klepcys WATCH thrown into the bargain.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: $2.4million
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport has a top speed of 267.8mph and is officially the fastest car in the world, although there is controversy over who should hold the title. The Super Sport features an 8.0liter W16 engine producing 1,200bhp, and can do 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 2.5 seconds, 0-200kph (0-124mph) in 6.7 seconds and 0-300kph (0-186mph) in 14.6seconds. The firm estimates it would cost you $10,000 to buy enough fuel to drive around for 12,500 miles. The Super Sport is the most expensive car made by the French firm to date. Despite its massively high top speed, it is electronically limited to 258mph so its tyres don’t explode.
Aston Martin One-77: $1.85million
The Aston Martin One-77 was produced by Aston Martin between 2009 and 2012 and is the most expensive car ever produced by the renowned British firm. Just 77 were built. It has 20in alloy wheels, a 7.3liter V12 engine producing up to 750bhp and can do 0-62mph in under 3.7 seconds with a top speed of over 354mph. It has a full carbon fiber chassis and aluminium bodywork. Aston Martin said the idea behind the One-77 was “to create a car closer to art than the automobile”.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse: $2million
The Grand Sport Vitesse is the fastest roadster in the world. It has an eight-liter W16 engine producing up to 1,200 horsepower. It can do 0-62mph in just 2.6 seconds and can reach a terrifying top speed of 255mph (electronically limited to 233mph). Driver Anthony Liu, who was behind the wheel of the Grand Sport Vitesse when it underwent speed testing for Bugatti, paid testament to the design skill that went into the car saying it “remained incredibly comfortable and stable” even at the highest speeds. There’s not a lot of cars that you can say that about.
Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster: $1.85million
Ferrari, Lamborghini, now Pagani…you can see why the Italians are famed for being passionate about cars. Cinque means five in Italian — and just five of these convertibles were ever made. They were based on the Zonda Cinque, which also had a production run of just five cars. Both models have a Mercedes-Benz AMG 12V engine can do 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds — faster than any other Zonda — thanks to a super-fast six-speed sequential gearbox which changes gears in a fraction of a second. The power output of the engine was also increased to 669bhp from the 594bhp seen in the basic Zonda models — while grip on the road was maintained by extremely high downforce from an air intake vent on the roof.
Zenvo ST1: $1.8million
The Zenvo ST1 is the only car to date built by Danish sports car company Zenvo. The firm was founded in 2004 but it wasn’t until 2009 that the ST1 began production. Just 15 of the cars were set to be built in total, with three a year going to the United States. Each one costs around $1.8million, but like the Lykan Hypersport you get a free watch (this time only worth $50,000) thrown in for free. The ST1 has carbon fiber bodywork, plus a 7liter V8 engine producing 1,250bhp for the American version of the car. It can do 0-62mph in 3 seconds, with a top speed of 233mph.
Lamborghini Reventon: $1.6million
Before the Lamborghini Veneno’s launch in 2013, the Reventon was the daddy when it came to expensive Lamborghinis. It was first produced in 2007 and held the record of the most expensive Lamborghini for six years. Just 21 were produced, including one created specifically to go on show at the Lamborghini Museum in Italy. Each car has its production number embossed between the driver’s and passenger’s seats, and includes a ‘G-Force Meter’ on the dashboard. Like other Lamborghinis, the Reventon is named after a fighting bull. The one in question killed Mexican bullfighter Felix Guzman in 1943. The Reventon has a 6.5liter V12 engine and can do 221mph. Another 15 roadster versions of the car, with a lower top speed of 205mph, were also made.
Koenigsegg Agera R: $1.6million
The Koenigsegg Agera R is currently the main title contender for the fastest car in the world. The Swedish firm claims it can do 275mph — faster than the Bugatti Veyron — but say they are still waiting to get it officially speed tested. It can do 0-60 in around 2.9seconds. An updated version was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland with carbon fiber wheels and improved aerodynamics. It also had the 5.0liter V8 engine’s output improved from 950hp to 960hp on regular gas and to 1,140hp when using E85 biofuel. It comes in both left and right-hand drives. It’s also more practical than most hypercars as it has more than 120 liters of baggage space, meaning you’ll have enough room for your golf clubs.
Maybach Landaulet: $1.38million
Maybach as a firm was meant to be a direct rival to Rolls-Royce and Bentley, and the Maybach Landaulet was the manufacturer’s top-of-the-range model. It had a V12 engine producing 620hp and could fit four passengers, with an extra seat fitted as an optional extra. It came with all sorts of eccentric extras — including a rear refrigerator and two sterling-silver CHAMPAGNE FLUTES as standard. It also included a trunk-mounted Dunhill UMBRELLA, which could be used as a sun shade when the car was at a standstill, and an intercom system for use with a chauffeur. Sadly Maybach, which was founded in 1909 and was a division of Daimler AG, stopped production at the end of 2012 due to poor sales after only selling 3,000 cars in 10 years.
Ferrari LaFerrari: $1.3million (estimated)
The LaFerrari was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, with 499 set to be built. In a first for the Italian manufacturer, the LaFerrari has a hybrid engine which reduces fuel consumption by 40 per cent from other models while at the same time increasing the power output. The 6.3liter V12 combustion engine produces 800bhp, but is boosted by a KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) unit which stores energy then releases it in short bursts producing an extra 163bhp. It is Ferrari’s fastest ever road car, with an estimated top speed of 220mph and it can do 0-60mph in under 3.0seconds. For the first time ever, the car was designed entirely in-house. It is the most expensive car built by Ferrari in terms of its initial sales price.
McLaren P1: $1.3million
The McLaren P1 is, like the LaFerrari, a hybrid. It was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with production set to start in July 2013. It includes a 3.8liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 727bhp, but also includes a KERS electric motor that adds an additional 176bhp. On its own, the electric motor can power the car for just 12 miles. There will be 375 of them built —at a rate of one a day — by a team of 70 engineers. Only a left-hand drive model will be made. McLaren say the P1 has the most technologically advanced aerodynamics of any car to date, and are pushing their advertising for the car with the motto ‘designed by air’. You can see details on their specially built website HERE.
Hennessey Venom GT Spyder $1.1million
The Spyder was built after Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler told Hennessey he wanted to buy a Venom GT but would prefer an open-top version. Hennessey agreed to do it. Removing the roof involved adding 30lb to the car due to structural changes, but the Spyder has the same twin-turbo 7.0liter V8 engine as the normal Venom GT. The Venom GT is the fastest accelerating car in the world, and can do 0-300kph (0-186mph) in an incredible 13.63 seconds. It is based on and uses components from the Lotus Exige, but is highly modified. The Venom GT was first unveiled in 2010, with production starting in 2012. The Spyders were set to be delivered in 2013.