We often think of the latest hypercars as the pinnacle of automobiles, and the manufacturers have turned to releasing eye-wateringly expensive limited-editions like the Koenigsegg Trevita ($6.7 million). However, modern cars don’t hold a candle to classics when it comes to the most expensive car ever sold.
The Maybach Exelero concept car blew everyone away 15 years ago when it sold for $11 million, and while the Bugatti La Voiture Noire price was over $19 million, the most expensive car in the world is more than three times more expensive!
The most expensive Ferrari trounces the most expensive Lamborghini as the super-rare 1960s Ferrari 250 GTO race cars hold the title of the most expensive car ever sold with two examples selling for more than US$40,000,000 each. Seven of the top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction are classic Ferraris, and nearly all of them are racing vehicles.
The most expensive car in the world is a constantly evolving target as new machines are launched daily to push technological, luxury, and performance boundaries, while classic cars only get rarer, more desirable and more fashionable. But, in the pantheon of expensive car brands which is the top of the pops?
Rarity, desirability (was it a big car) and an attribute called provenance all combine to make up the criteria of valuing cars, and judging the car cost for expensive cars can get very complicated. You can have the coolest car or the best car in the world or even the rarest car in the world, but they might not be world expensive car.
Provenance is history that particular car had which makes it noteworthy or historically important. If it won a particular race, was owned by an important person, featured in an important moment of history, was the first of a desirable model, features in popular culture (like the Mustang from Bullitt), or has a particularly infamous element to its history (like President Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental), these factors all build a particular car’s provenance.
Also confusing values is the rumour mill as not all cars have their sale price publicly listed and private sales can occur for huge money behind closed doors. So this list of 15 of the most expensive cars in the world are verified to the best of our abilities. We have left a few specific models out of this list as they are very similar to other cars on this list.