The automotive industry has of course changed the economy, market, and the life style of people. Since the first car hit the roads, there have been a lot of car manufacturers who manufactured, sold and eventually ceased production of the cars. However, there are few special cars manufactured by the pioneers of automotive industry. Those cars are considered antique as they were specially manufactured considering few special parameters. There are people who love to own these cars at any price quoted during an auction. The first car auction was initiated in 1987 when a Bugatti Royale was sold for the first time at a whooping price of $7 million in London.
Let us discuss few of the most expensive cars that are sold in an auction ever.
- 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype
A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was auctioned in the Gooding and Company auctions, Monterey, Calif in August 2011. The car was eventually sold at an incredible price of $16,390,000. As this car is the prototype of all the subsequent Testa Rossa, it held high value in the auction. This car has a 3.0 liter V12 engine.
- 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Ferrari holds the credit of getting auctioned with a price that is few million dollars less than the price of the auctioned 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype. The auction for this car was held in May 2009 in Maranello, Italy. Finally, the car was auctioned at a price $12,402,500. The specialty of this car lies in the old technology drum brakes and a live rear axle. This was a very limited edition car as only 19 of them were manufactured.
- 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder
Ferrari being the leading manufacturer of racing cars has gained enough popularity for its every product. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder has a 3.0-liter V12 engine. It was auctioned in May 2008 in Maranello, Italy. It was sold at a price of $10,894,900.
- 1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy-Bodied Coupe
This trendy looking car was auctioned in August 2011 in Monterey, California. The auction price for this car went for a price up to $10,340,000. George Whittell Jr. introduced this car. He started making this car after his first passenger car was launched in 1921. This car has also won a French Grand Prix. This car was designed on a truck type ladder frame with an impressive Frank-Hershey design and Murphy Pasadena construction.
- 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Kellner Coupe
The 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Kellner Coupe was ready for auction in November 1987 in London. This is the first car to be auctioned in the history of car auctioning. This car was sold at a price off $9,800,000. Bugatti started manufacturing biggest and luxurious automobiles keeping the comfort of the kings and queens around the world. Bugatti manufactured only six cars of this design and could manage to sell only three. This car was manufactured using a 12.7-liter aircraft and train engine.