The 10 Most Expensive Ferraris Of All Time

Classic car collecting’s ascendant rise has seen vintage Ferraris reach eye-watering prices.

By Terry Christodoulou 09/06/2022

Ferrari is a symbol of power, mystique and unbridled luxury. Since the Prancing Horse’s inception, it has aimed to represent the pinnacle of automotive possibilities and performance and as such has become the calling card of the world’s elite. Now, with its classic models becoming increasingly rare, the market for old-world Ferraris has never been hotter.

Here, are the 10 most expensive Ferraris of all time.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO — Approx. $97,000,000

The Ferrari 250 GTO takes all the podium positions on this list. Here, in the top spot is one of the 36 manufactured, sold in a private deal to German car collector David MacNeil. The GTO purchased embodies the models racing history, having won the 1964 Tour de France race and a 4th in Le Mans. Unlike many of the other 250 GTOs sold in private treaties and across auction blocks, this one, despite a heady racing career, was never crashed. Good omens.

 

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO — Approx. $72,300,000

 

This Ferrari 250 GTO, when sold, was the most expensive in the world, selling for $52 million in 2013. The model — as does the model above — is equipped with a 3.0L Tip 168 Comp/62 V12 engine, capable of 225kw and 249Nm of torque. It shuttles the classic racer to a top speed of 280km/h. Speedy for 1962.

 

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO — Approx. $67.3 Million

 Rounding out the top three is yet another 250 GTO, now a must-have trophy in the most astute Ferrari aficionado’s collection. This iteration was sold at the 2018 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction and is the most expensive Ferrari to ever be sold at auction.

 

1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti — Approx. $48,690,000

Rarer than hen’s teeth, the 1957 335 S Spider Scaglietti only saw four models ever made. Under the hood, the Prancing Horse planted a 4.1-litre V12 engine that produced a claimed 291kW to reach a top speed of around 300km/h. At only 880kg of curb weight, the car had to be handled by only the finest drivers the likes of Mike Hawthorn.

 

1956 Ferrari 290 MM Scaglietti Spider — Approx. $39,017,000

 

This vintage Ferrari is – like the above spider — one of just four 290 MM’s ever built. Originally crafted in honour of Juan Manuel Fangio, the car in question had a very long racing career and remained unscathed. Inside, it was equipped with a 3.50litre V12 that produced 238kW, a top speed of 280km/h and a claimed 0-100km/h time of around 5 seconds.

 

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider — Approx. $38,250,000

For those wondering — N.A.R.T refers to the North American Racing Team — as the car above was initiated by Ferrari’s North American dealer Luigi Chinetti, who wanted a successor to the 250 California Spider (to be found further down this list). As such, only 10 models were built with this particular model owned by a single family for 45-years. The Spider was powered by a 3.3-litre 4-cam V12 engine that produced 220kW and had a claimed top speed of 262km/h.

 

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale — Approx. $38,113,000

 

As far as rare Ferraris go, the 275 GTB/C Speciale is right up there. Originally built to defend the racing crown of the Italian marque against the Shelby Cobra Daytona and the Ford GT40, the Speciale was the first Ferrari to include an independent rare suspension and transaxle gearbox, helping the car make the most of its 3.3-litre V12 engine, capable of 238kW.

 

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider — Approx. $25,700,000

Considered by many as the most beautiful car ever created, and forever immortalised in film by one Ferris Bueller, this black California Spider combines all that Ferrari has come to stand for — rarity, beauty and power — the latter courtesy of a Tipo 168/61 V12 that churns out 178kW. A hefty figure for such a lithe convertible.

 

1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione — Approx. $25,594,903

 Chassis number one of only five examples — the 375-Plus Spider Competizione competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours and Mille Miglia, helping Ferrari lift the trophy in the 1954 Sports Car Championship. Powering the sports car was a 4.9-litre V12 engine which is meaty enough to force the wind through your hair in the speedster design.

 

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione — Approx. $25,469,000

Unlike its short-wheel-base brother up the list, this California has an elongated base with an aluminium body, covered headlights, and competition extras. The long-wheel-base model features the same Tipo 168/61 V12 that churns out 178kW and this particular model raced at the Bahamas Speed Week in Nassau 1960.

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