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Top 5 most expensive Ferraris

Ferrari – the iconic sports car brand – screams luxury. Founded in 1929 the company sponsored drivers and focused on race cars, before giving street legal cars a whirl in 1947. Today, the brand is legendary. And with that, comes a price.

Out of the top ten most expensive classic cars sold at public auction this year, seven of them have been Ferrari’s. Top of the list is a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder which went for an eye watering $18,210,080! Here we take a look at the most expensive Ferraris to sell at auction this year.

1. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder

Price: $18,210,080

This bank- busting buy smashed the last auction record for a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, which was a paltry (in comparison) $15,200,000. There were only ever 37 such short-wheel base versions made of this car, and this particular one was found in a barn! The car is in a fairly original state, but will need significant work despite the price tag.

2. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Scaglietti

Price: $17,600,000

There were just 32 of this cars made, making them a super rare find. It garnered such a high price for various reasons, one of which is it was one of the three 250 LMs at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965, with by Dieter Spoerry and Armand Boller for a 6th-place overall finish. Such rich, impressive history can always demand a higher bid!

3. 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale

Price: $16,500,000

This particular model features modified bodywork created by Giugiaro for Nuccio Bertone for his personal car. Its particular point of interest is the “sharknose” inspiration of Ferrari’s racing cars. Very swish indeed!

Despite the restorations it has endured over the years, the car still has its original engine, transmission and chassis; pretty impressive for such a vintage car.

4. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Price: $9,625,000

This particular Ferrari 250 LM was the 9th out of the 32 produced. It had a strong racing career and at one point even rocked a modified Porsche 906 Carrera 6 body. However the Porsche modification was destroyed in the 70s and a more fitting Ferrari body and original engine were fitted. The 250 LM was introduced in 1973 in Paris; the LM was a popular choice with racers around the world. For example, the North American Racing Team won the 1965 Le Mans. In 2013 a 250 LM was sold for $14,300,000 so you could say this one was a bit of a bargain. Hey, it’s all relative!

5. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione

Price: $9,405,000

Launched in 1966, the GTB Comeptizione was created with competition in mind. It was both lighter and stronger than the chassis of the standard 276. This was thanks to an super thin alloy body that allowed the weight to be significantly reduced. There were only every 12 275 GTB Competizione cars made, and this was the 11th one. It featured in Le Mans for three years through 1967-1969, winning in 1967 for the Swiss Filipinetti team.

Offbeat  22/09/2015 09:09:49

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