Hot Wheels: The 10 Most Expensive Cars of All Time

#7: 1998 McLaren F1

Even though this is by far the newest car on this list, the McLaren F1 can’t be underestimated. It set the record for the highest speed ever achieved at a racing ground in Germany, hitting a maximum of 240.14 mph, smashing the previous record by over 40 mph!

The McLaren Company offers all of the latest upgrades to their discerning clientele, and this car is a great example of what happens when the client works with the company to create their ideal vehicle. This car has been extensively worked over, and the care and dedication put into it by the owner really shows. The engine and chassis were both optimized, and it was fitted with new headlights, all of which improve upon its previous speed record. It sold at auction for $13,750,000.

Clément Bucco-Lechat / Own Work

Clément Bucco-Lechat / Own Work

#8: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

This gorgeous Ferrari is one of only fifty-six 250 GT SWB California Spider’s ever made, and is even more remarkable because it boasts rarely-seen features like a removable hard-top, and open headlights. Before being sold, it was featured in an exhibit at the Museo Ferrari.

The California Spider features a prominent place in American car manufacturing history, as one of the first convertible sports cars to be sold outside of Europe. People snatched them up as soon as they became available because they were the first cars on the market that boasted top speed capabilities as well as luxurious comfort. This gorgeous car recently sold at auction for $15 million.

#9: 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

This funky-looking car is called the Testa Rossa, which is Italian for “red-head”. It was the first of the prototypes for the Testa Rossa line, which was the first line of cars to come with a special “pontoon” shaped body.


It was raced at LeMans, and Sebring, and although the results were only average, a buyer still paid over $16 million for it in an auction in California in 2011. That price set a new record for the most expensive Ferrari ever purchased, topping the previous record holder by $4 million.

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