Today we will be going over the top 10 most expensive Ferraris ever created. Ferrari automobiles are some of the most iconic vehicles on the roads today. It was founded by namesake Enzo Ferrari in 1929 under the name Scuderia Ferrari. The luxury and racing car company went through several iterations before the Ferrari known worldwide today was conceived in 1947. The first Ferrari built in 1947 was the Ferrari 125 sport boasting what was at the time an impressive 1.5-liter 12-cylinder engine. Later that year the Ferrari could be seen on racing circuits. The company enjoyed almost immediate success in both the racing and private sectors, securing its spot as the world-renowned auto manufacturer it is today.
Ferrari is one of the most well-known brands of cars in the world. They’re known for both their impressive racing records as well as their luxury style street cars. It’s no surprise that any Ferrari comes with a pretty hefty price tag. A new Ferrari today will set the buyer back between $200,000 and $300,000. However, the Ferraris on this list will make that impressive sum seem like pocket change. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 most expensive Ferraris in the world.
10: Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – Sold for $16 Million
Testa Rossa is Italian for red head and the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa lives up to its name with its red-hot paint job as well as its red-hot specs. With its 3-liter V12 engine, this car is capable of speeds in excess of 160 mph. These stats have led this model of Ferrari to win multiple trophies in racing circuits all over the world. With a limited production of only 22 Testa Rossas in total being produced back in 1957. This car is just as rare as it is powerful. Of course, this combination of rarity and power also makes this car expensive. In fact, in 2011, one of these rare Ferraris hit the auction house and it was sold for a total of $16 Million. For this reason, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa makes the list of the world’s most expensive Ferraris at number 10.
9: Ferrari 250 LM – Sold for $17 Million
Coming in at number 9 on our list of the most expensive Ferraris is another 250 model, this one being the Ferrari 250 LM. When it was conceived in 1963, the intention was for this car to be the first Ferrari with a mid-sized engine, while the name stays the same. This idea was scrapped before production began in 1964. These cars came packing an intimidating 3.3-liter engine capable of producing over 320 horsepower. Empowering their price tag is the rarity of this car with only 32 total cars having been produced between the years of 1964 and 1965.
In the few years after, this car racked up several winds from the North American racing team in several major tournaments including a 24-hour LeMond racing event. The most recent sale of this car at auction, for an impressive $17 Million, makes this Ferrari claim the number 9 spot on our list of most expensive ferraris.
8: Ferrari 375+ Spider Competizione – Sold for $18 Million
Staying away from the 250 Ferrari models the number 8 most expensive Ferraris is the Ferrari 375+ spider Competizione. The Ferrari model was billed for one single reason, to win the 1954 World Sportscar Championship. Although, it was unsuccessful in this endeavor with another Ferrari the 375mm claiming the first-place spot. This car was seen several times throughout the top 10 finishers. While the car isn’t the most expensive Ferrari around, it may well be one of the rarest with only five of these cars having been produced in 1954.
When it was sold with a price tag just north of $18 Million at Bonham’s Goodwood festival of speed. This car set a New World record for the most expensive Ferraris ever sold beating out the previously mentioned Testa Rossa. Well, this record has since been broken. This still causes the Ferrari 375+ Spider Competizione to make the number 8 spot on our list of the most expensive Ferraris in the world.
7: Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider – Sold for $19 Million
Going back to the now familiar Ferrari 250 models and a spoiler alert not for the last time. The Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider comes in at number 7 on our list of most expensive Ferraris. When it was debuted in 1960, this car featured an upgraded version of the Berlinetta SWB’s 3-liter V12 engine. This car is one of the most common Ferraris making the list. Although still rare with 55 of the cars having been produced between 1961 and 1963. This model Ferrari gained substantial mainstream appeal after being featured in the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day off. While this cameo caused a rush of would-be buyers. The $19 Million price tag on this beauty was a little too steep for most enthusiasts.
6: Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Tre Posti Speciale – Sold for $24 Million
One of the things that makes this car unique to the top dollar Ferraris is that the car was designed to be a street car, not a racing car. However, don’t let the term street car fool you. The 12-cylinder engine this model came with could easily accelerate its speed in excess of 180 mph. When Enzo Ferrari refused to work on a road car, the renounced Ferrari designer Pininfarina commissioned this car in 1966. This car now fetches around $24 Million at auction.
5: Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Nart Spider – Sold for $26 Million
The number 5 spot on our list of the most expensive Ferraris is the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Nart Spider. This model featuring an impressive 3.3-liter 4 cam V12 engine is a specialty designed version of the more common Ferrari 275 GTB/4 model. Only 10 of these cars were ever produced between the years 1967 and 1968. When they were made each of these cars was priced at $8000. Don’t reach for your wallet though as the price of this Ferrari has gone up just a little bit since then. In 2013 one of these cars were sold at auction for over $26 Million.
4: Ferrari 275 GTB/C. Speciale – Sold $27 Million
Now on to number 4, the Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale designed specifically for the 1966 racing season. These cars featured an ultra-light weight design combined with a massive 3.3-liter V12 engine from the 250 LM. During 1966 only 10 of these cars were produced. Although none of the vehicles took a first-place finish during the season. The revolutionary lightweight design left a lasting impression in the world of racing cars. This car’s body was so delicate that even touching the car with too much force would leave it dented. Anyone wanting to buy one of these Ferrari can expect to shell out around $27 Million at auction.
3: Ferrari 290 MM Spider Scaglietti – Sold for $28 Million
Number 3 on our list of most expensive Ferraris is the Ferrari 290 MM Spider Scaglietti. The MM in this model’s name stands for Mille Miglia, the special racing events for which it was designed to compete in. When it came to its debut in 1956, in this race the 290 MM Spider Scaglietti was immensely successful taking the first-place spot. Its success didn’t stop there though as during the following years the 290 MM secured its first-place victories in multiple racing events and was featured in the top 10 for many others. This is no real surprise though as under the hood of this Ferrari you’ll find a frightening 3.5-liter V12 engine based on those found in the Ferrari Formula 1 vehicles which are capable of speeds of over 180 mph. The original Mille Miglia winning car was recently sold at auction for around $28 Million.
2: Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti – Sold for $35 Million
The runner up of the most expensive Ferraris in the world is the Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, another racing Ferrari. This car was designed for the 1957 racing circuit. During this year only four of these models were produced, making this Ferrari an extremely rare find. It features a 4.0-liter V12 engine capable of producing upwards of 290 horsepower. The Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti holds the record for the third most expensive car ever sold. As well as the second most expensive ferraris with one selling for $28 Million at auction back in 2015. And another toping that in 2016 selling for a whopping $35 Million.
1: Ferrari 250 GTO – Sold for $70 Million
Easily taking the crown as the most expensive Ferraris as well as the most expensive car in the world is the Ferrari 250 GTO. Between the years of 1962 and 1964, 36 of these model Ferraris were manufactured. Behind this car’s 3.0 liter 12-cylinder engine, Ferrari clutched the first-place spot in the 1962, 1963 and 1964 racing circuits. Powerful, rare and successful, this car is both the most expensive Ferraris and the most expensive car ever sold costing a massive amount more than its original 1962 price tag of $18,000.
The Ferrari 250 GTO first set the world record selling at auction for $48 Million. However, it continues smashing its own record-setting it again with a $52 Million sale then again in 2018 with a massive price tag of $70 Million. It’s this $70 Million sale that puts the Ferrari 250 GTO at the top of the list of the most expensive Ferraris in the world.
Bonus Fact: Expensive Ferraris
You could buy a new Ferrari for as little as $4000 back in the 1960s. This top 10 list featured some pretty impressive price tags to purchase. Even the cheapest model on the list you’d be looking at $16 Million. Even modern standard Ferraris today fetch no less than $200,000. However, did you know that wasn’t always the case? In fact, in the 1960s a brand-new Ferrari would cost you as low as $4000 to $6000. Even some of the cars that made this list were priced under $10,000 back in the 1960s, when they were first produced.
Well, folks, that’s a wrap on the top 10 most expensive Ferraris in the world. Do you think these cars are worth the steep price tags? What other cars would you like to see featured on abouticles? Let us know in the comments down Below and thank you for spending some time with us.