6 cars that sell for big bucks at auction – and what makes them worth the cost

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There are car lovers and then there are car loverspeople who are ready to flaunt and spend millions of dollars on them.

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As the Robb Report noted, the auto auction market, like any other collector market, has reached new heights in recent years:

“In 2022, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR known as the Uhlenhaut Coupe sold for $142 million. The staggering amount not only barely eclipsed the previous record, but shattered it by nearly $100 million.”

Here’s a look at some of the cars sold big in auctions.

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe

Sold for: $142 million (Sotheby’s private auction in Germany, 2022).

According to Top Gear, this car is named after its then chief engineer Rudolf Uhlenhaut, and one of only two prototypes built.

Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Group AG said in a press release that part of the decision to sell one of these two unique sports cars was to benefit a good cause.

“With the Mercedes-Benz Fund we would like to encourage a new generation to follow in the innovative footsteps of Rudolf Uhlenhaut and develop amazing new technologies, especially those that support the critical goal of decarbonisation and resource conservation,” said Källenius. “At the same time, achieving the highest price ever paid for a vehicle is remarkable and humbling: A Mercedes-Benz is by far the most valuable car in the world.”

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1954 Ferrari 375 Plus Spyder

Sold for: $18.3 million (Bonhams, 2014).

Robb Report noted that this is one of Ferrari’s best racing cars from this period.

The car was a “huge success” on the track, claiming victory at Le Mans, Silverstone and the Carrera Panamericana road race.

“Despite this, Ferrari only built four examples of the vehicle, only three of which are still around today. This particular 375 Plus Spyder – which was fully restored in Modena – was the first to roll off the line, which may explain why a collector spent $18.31 million for it in 2014,” according to the Robb Report.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti

Sold for: $51.7 million (Sotheby’s, New York, 2023).

What makes this car even more special is that it was the only 1962 GTO Tipo raced by Scuderia Ferrari and was driven by Mike Parkes and Lorenzo Bandini for Scuderia Ferrari in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans, according to Sotheby’s.

It was also owned by a chairman of the Ferrari Club of America and benefits from 38 years of “great care under current ownership”.

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1967 Ferrari 412P

Sold for: $30.25 million (Bonhams, Carmel, Calif., 2023).

This car was driven in 1967 to third place in the Spa 1000km (Attwood/Bianchi); at Le Mans (Attwood/Courage); and 7th Place at Brands Hatch (Siffert/Piper), according to Bonhams. Hemmings reported that a nine-year restoration returned the car to its original glory with an added option to drive it on public roads.

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1956 Aston Martin DBR1

Sold for: $22.55 million (Sotheby’s, Monterey, California, 2017).

Sotheby’s considered this car, “the most important model in the history of Aston Martin”.

It is also the first of five DBR1s built and was the winner of the 1959 Nürburgring 1000 KM.

“Inside the cabin everything is period-like, from the bucket seats – well-padded and quite comfortable for a purpose-built racer – trimmed in the correct tweed cloth (as is the right-hand chassis rail near the knee) to to the smallest detail of the dashboard,” according to Sotheby’s.

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1995 McLaren F1

Sold for: $20.46 million (Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach Auctions, 2021).

The auction house calls this car an “extraordinary McLaren F1 road car” and just one of 64 examples built.

It has a “single color scheme: light brown Creighton brown and Brazilian brown upholstery” and is in “exceptional time capsule condition with case over 390km from new”.

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