7 of the most expensive cars sold at auction, including a £9m Ferrari and Mercs’ ‘holy grail’

SEVEN of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction have been unveiled, including some iconic motorcycles.

The classic car market is never short of funds and eagle-eyed buyers desperate to expand their luxury collection.

Seven of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction have been revealedCredit: www.autocar.co.uk

Ferrari 250GT SWB

This beautiful classic was sold by H&H Classics in October 2015 for an eye-watering £9,033,889, Autocar reports.

The money from the 250 GT SWB went to the British rescue organization RNLICredit: www.autocar.co.uk

It was owned by famed Ferrari collector Richard Colton before his death.

He wanted two of his luxury motorcycles to be auctioned for charity.

The money from the 250 GT SWB went to the British rescue organization RNLI.

The other gem from his collection, a 275 GTB, also went under the hammer and the proceeds were donated to a new lifeboat.

Ferrari 250LM

This equally beautiful Ferrari 250LM was sold by RM Sotheby’s in August 2014 for a whopping £9,119,981.

Only 32 were ever madeCredit: www.autocar.co.uk

Originally designed for motorsport, this model was used as a road car, making it rarer.

It debuted at the Paris Motor Show in October 1963.

Only 32 were made, and it was the luxury manufacturer’s first mid-engine vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

The classic car realized £9,293,696 in August 2012 after Gooding & Co found a new owner.

It was the German company’s grand touring car between 1936 and 1940Credit: www.autocar.co.uk

It had only three previous homes and came with a full paper trail history.

The opulent pre-war Mercedes even received a gong at Pebble Beach, California.

It was the German company’s grand touring car between 1936 and 1940.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza fetched a significant sum after being sold by Gooding & Co in August 2016.

It was part of the Alfa Romeo range of road, racing and sports cars in the 1930sCredit: www.autocar.co.uk

It cost an incredible £9,467,409 and proved a hit with collectors.

The engine was raced from 1933 to 1950 and was delivered with matching numbers.

It was part of the Alfa Romeo range of road, racing and sports cars in the 1930s.

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

The red racer was purchased from RM Sotheby’s in May 2009 for £9,793,912.

The racing car was built from 1957 to 1961 and introduced at the end of the 1957 racing seasonCredit: www.autocar.co.uk

When it went under the hammer, it was at the time the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

Only 22 were made, with desperate buyers driving the price higher with each bid.

The racing car was built from 1957 to 1961 and introduced at the end of the 1957 racing season.

It came after rule changes meant engines in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and World Sports Car Championship races had a maximum engine capacity of 3 litres.

Bugatti Type 59 Sport from 1934

This incredible 1934 Bugatti sold by Gooding & Company cost £9,981,089 in September 2020.

The classic engine was converted into a sports car and raced in 1937Credit: www.autocar.co.uk

Previous owners included King Leopold III of Belgium.

It was called the ultimate Bugatti Grand Prix car and raced in the 1934-1935 seasons.

The classic engine was then converted into a sports car and raced in 1937.

Ferrari 340/375MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ from 1953

The stunning Ferrari made £10,117,099 when it was sold by RM Sotheby’s in May 2013.

Its beautiful restoration and well-documented history made it a popular choice for biddersCredit: www.autocar.co.uk

It is the only factory racing car to have been driven by three world champions in the World Sports Car Championship.

They were Alberto Ascari, Dr. Nino Farina and Mike Hawthorn.

Its beautiful restoration and well-documented history made it a popular choice for bidders.

It is also one of three original factory competition cars that raced at Le Mans in 1953.

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