Do you love classic cars? So do we here at Trinity Automotive. Here’s the real question, though: How much would you pay for a classic car? If you have access to unlimited cash, that question might seem irrelevant, but for those of us on a budget, the most expensive classic cars remain painfully out of reach. It’s still fun to dream, however, so here is a list of the most expensive classic cars sold at auctions throughout 2018. We’re still waiting to see which vehicles make the list at the end of 2019!
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Are you sitting down? If not, do so. At an RM Sotheby’s auction last year, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for a whopping $48 million – yes, million – dollars. Actually, $405,000 more than $48 million, but hey, who’s counting? Why did this car sell for so much money? There were only 33 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO’s built and this classic automobile is considered by experts to be a Grade-A collectible.
1956 Ferrari 290 MM
Don’t have $48 million lying around? No worries, the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM sold for a modest $22 million. It boggles the mind that someone would spend $22 million on a collectible, but this Ferrari is pretty impressive. The one sold at the RM Sotheby’s auction was driven by Peter Collins, Olivier Gendebien, and Phil Hill, motorsports royalty. Wonder if the buyer drives it?
1935 Duesenberg SSJ
Another vehicle that sold for $22 million last year at a Gooding & Company auction was the 1935 Duesenberg SSJ. The classic beauty that fetched so much money was only one of two built and previously owned by Hollywood legend Gary Cooper. In fact, the story goes that Clark Gable coveted Cooper’s SSJ and had the second one built for himself. If you have the money and influence…
1963 Aston Martin DP215
RM Sotheby’s auctioned this Aston Martin Grand Touring Competition Prototype for just over $21 million last year. The prototype did not live up to Aston Martin’s engineering vision, even though it did compete well with the racing Ferraris of the day. That said, this Aston Martin broke two records off the track. In 2018, it was the most valuable Aston Martin and British car sold on the auction markets.
1961 Aston Martin MP209 DB4GT Zagato 2 VEV
Rounding off our list is the 1961 Aston Martin MP209. This classic race car was driven by Jim Clark, a two-time World Champion in the 1960s who could drive both sports and touring racers. The Aston Martin sold for a little over $13 million last year. As with the previous Aston Martin on our list, this car rivaled Ferrari in the day, which is why it fetched such a high price.
Okay, that was fun but, seriously, who has tens of millions of dollars lying around? Kudos to you if you do. Still, Trinity Automotive loves classic cars and we service and repair them, too. We are located in White Bear Lake, MN, come see us today!