Top 5 Most Expensive Auction Cars Sold at Past Monterey Car Weeks

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Top 5 Most Expensive Auction Cars Sold at Past Monterey Car Weeks

Classic Ferrari sports cars are a safe bet if you’re looking for a collectible car.

As we enter 2016 Monterey Car Week, AutoGuide.com decided to take a look back at the most expensive cars ever sold during the event’s prestigious auctions. This year’s event should have plenty of high-profile cars crossing the auction block and it will be exciting to see if any set a record.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Monterey Car Week Coverage

One car to keep an eye on this year that isn’t a Ferrari is the first-ever Shelby Cobra. Sporting serial number CSX 2000, the Shelby will cross the auction block on August 19 and there’s a possibility it could become one of the most expensive cars to ever be sold at an auction.

5. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

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Auctioned off on August 17, 2015 at a Gooding & Company auction, this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider fetched $16,830,000. It was one of only 37 covered-headlight SWB California Spiders in existence, powered by a 3.0-liter V12 engine with 240 horsepower paired to a four-speed manual gearbox.


4. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

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A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM was sold by RM Auctions on August 13, 2015 for $17,600,000. Offered as part of “The Pinnacle Portfolio,” the Ferrari 250 LM is one of just 32 units ever created and had recently competed in the Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto. It also featured matching chassis and engine numbers, proving it is all original. Like other Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti models, it is powered by a 3.3-liter V12 engine with 320 hp, paired to a five-speed manual transmission.


3. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

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Netting $26,400,000 on August 16, 2014 at an RM Auctions event, this 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale was actually the fourth-most expensive car ever sold at auction at the time. Offers for the Speciale opened with a surprising bid of $15-million, stunning the crowd present. Two more offers pushed the bidding to $20-million before it reached $22-million. From there it was only a matter of time before the winning bid of $26.4-million was accepted.


2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider

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On August 17, 2013, this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider was sold by RM Auctions to the tune of $27,500,000. Before the auction, it was estimated this particular example would sell between $14-million to $17-million, but clearly, expectations were exceeded. Only 10 of these North American Racing Team cars were ever built and this specific car had only one owner from new. It was also announced that all of the proceeds from the auction would be given to charity. And who went home with the car? Lawrence Stroll, a Canadian entrepreneur who helped develop the Tommy Hilfiger clothing brand.


1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta

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But all of these collectible Ferraris pale in comparison to the $38,115,000 this 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta fetched at a Bonhams auction. Sold on August 14, 2014 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California, it became the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction. Sporting serial number 3851 on the firewall, the auction car was the first public offering in many years.

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