The 5 most expensive Ferrari of all time

One particular range, iconic and increasingly valued in the history of Maranello, prevails on this select list. Swipe and discover how the top 5 most expensive Ferrari copies are.

December 23, 2022 3:38 p.m.

We came across a particularity when reviewing Ferrari sales with the highest figures in history. It turns out that among the 36 copies of the Ferrari 250 GTO manufactured and distributed to different regions, some of them have broken each other’s record of final values. More than one of these iconic sports cars have once ranked first on this list.

A list whose premise embraces all Ferraris, but The historical and symbolic value of the 250 GTO means that currently four of the five most expensive Ferraris of all time are examples of the model nicknamed “The Monster”. The GTO dynasty -not to be confused with the 288 of 1984- remains intact 60 years after its premiere. This top 5, however, begins with another Maranello icon:

5. Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti 1957

Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti 1957. Source: Motorpasion.

Of the 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider, approved as a prototype, only four units left the factory. This copy was sold by the Artcurial house in Paris in 2016 at a final value of 35 million dollars. With a provenance in the Bardinon collection since 1970, its V12 4.1 engine produces 400 hp and a top speed of 300 km/h. It was piloted in Formula 1 by Stirling Moss.

4. Ferrari 250 GTO de Monterey

Ferrari 250 GTO from Monterey. Source: Engine ES.

RM Sotheby’s auctioned off this specimen during the 2018 Monterey Auto Week held annually in California. It featured Scaglietti bodywork, left the factory as the third 250 GTO and is considered one of the most authentic examples of the 36 built. His purchase during that event in the United States registered a final price of 48.4 million dollars.

3. Ferrari 250 GTO from Connecticut

Ferrari 250 GTO from Connecticut.

This 250 GTO was sold by a Connecticut based collector to an anonymous buyer. The purchase occurred in 2013 and registered a final value of 52 million dollars. Its engine is a 3.0 V12 with 302 hp, top speed of 280 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 in 6.1 seconds. It was for a while the most expensive Ferrari in history until it was surpassed by the following examples…

2. Ferrari 250 GTO Classics

Ferrari 250 GTO from Ferrari Classiche. Source: Diariomotor.

This is the second of 36 250 GTOs. It left the factory in 1962, went to Monza for its first tests and immediately flew to the United States. It took only six days from his birth to obtain his first first place: the 12 Hours of Sebring at the hands of the NART (North American Racing Team). Closing 2017, the Ferrari Classiche department, where he had stayed, sold it privately for 45 million pounds (equivalent to 50 million euros and US$60.5 million at that time).

1. Ferrari 250 GTO 1963

Ferrari 250 GTO 1963, the one with the most expensive sale in the history of Ferrari. Source: The Vanguard.

Winner of the Tour de France, fourth place at Le Mans and a fact that sets it apart from the rest of the GTOs: this silver copy of the 250 family has never crashed, neither on the circuit nor, of course, on the road. Selling for $80 million in 2018 to David MacNeil, founder of WeatherTech, it’s the highest-paid car ever. Of course, the most expensive unit in the history of Ferrari.

The dominance of the 250 GTO extends beyond the top five, as we find more of them by expanding the list to the 100 most expensive sales in the life of Ferrari. The 250 line in general, in fact, has been a glory for the Scuderia. Its unusual sales today can only be explained by the legacy and prestige that history has given it. What other memorable sales do you know in the history of Ferrari.

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