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Top 10: Most expensive classic cars at auction

Fangio's Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1 car is the most expensive car to be sold at auction, making an astonishing £19,601,500. But snapping hard at its heels in the new number two position is the one-of-10 Ferrari 275 NART Spider, which sold at RM Auctions at Monterey for almost £17.5m. 

With the bar now raised, it's a great time to recap our list of the all-time top 10 selling cars at auction. This is a surprisingly interesting science, given the shifting exchange rates, alternate currencies the cars were bought in, and inflationary effects. But we've listed each cars in UK sterling, and at their original sale prices for simplicity. As you can see, one marque does dominate...

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1961 Ferrari 250GT SWB California Spider
£7,203,700
RM Auctions, Maranello, 18 May 2008

For British fans, this car will be known as Chris Evans' car, but there's rather a lot more to this car than our popular DJ's ownership of it. The 1961 California Spider offered at RM Auctions' second annual Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction in Maranello was - until that point - best known for being owned by James Coburn.

The 250GT doubled its pre-sale estimate, and set a new marker for this type of car on the market, with some commenting that it reached something of a premium - but the market seems to have subsequently come to the 250GT Cal Spider. Since 2008, Ferrari values have taken a serious step forward, both in terms of private transactions and auction sales.

 

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