The world’s most expensive cars

As classic car lovers, we know a thing of beauty when we see one. We love the curves and the glistening colours, the sounds, the smells and the sights. We love to simply stand and admire a special car too. It’s a passion shared by so many. So how about the world’s most expensive cars? The crème de la crème? We think it’s time to take a fresh look at the top price tags and indulge in a little fantasy about one day being able to afford them.

The most expensive road car (bought new)

It’s Swedish. It’s a 4.8, dual-supercharged V8. Just two were ever made. US Boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather has one and he paid $4.8m (£3.6m) for it.

Yes, it’s the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita and it is coated in diamond (okay carbon fibres with a diamond dust-impregnated resin but that’s still diamond!).

By Axion23 (Koenigsegg CCXR SE and CCXR Trevita) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The most expensive car sold at auction

There are a few different ‘most expensive’ auction cars out there, but we think we’ve found the one. Plus, we can’t confirm any private sales that may have fetched more because, well, they were private.

The year was 2014, the auction house was Bonhams. The car is one of 39 ever built. It raced in the 1963 FIA World GT Championships. Do you know it?

Well done if you do. It’s the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta. And the price? $38,115,000 (£22.8m at the time).

The world’s most expensive cars

The most expensive British car ever (bought new)

Turning to home turf for the last two, our own most expensive road car is the Aston Martin One-77, which cost 77 buyers a cool £1.07m ($1.4m) between 2009 and 2012.

A V12 engine. 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Top speed of 220mph. The stunning limited edition hypercar has a carbon fibre monocoque chassis and a handcrafted aluminium body. It is as gorgeous as it was pricey. But it wasn’t the most expensive British car ever if we include auctions!

CC streetcarl Aston Martin One 77

The most expensive British car sold at auction

It’s Aston Martin again. This time a 1962 DB4/GT Zagato, which sold at a Sotheby’s event in New York.

Price: £9.4m.

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CC Source Flickr AlBargan 1961 Aston MartinDB4 GT Zagato