Luxury sports cars have been all the rage for many years now. However, ultra-limited and rare luxury sports cars are even much harder to attain. With a price tag that demands your attention, these are the type of cars that one can only dream of having; that is of course if money is not an issue for you. If you’re ever looking to add another to your collection of limited-edition sports cars, the next best thing is to go through a luxury sports car auction.
These auctions feature some of the rarest sports car available, ranging from the rarest Ferraris and Mercedes-Benz to even Porsches and Aston Martins as well. In terms of the auction, a few familiar names stick out like Gooding & Company as well as RM Sotheby’s. The same can be said for watches as they are also common sightings in auction houses.
While these cars can’t be compared with the modern luxury vehicles of today, it does add a different level of grandeur to your garage as there is a nice balance between something modern and something classic. One thing that both aspects do have in common would be the price tag, which is exorbitant to say the least. Scroll down to check out how much people are willing to fork over for these rides.
First up is the most expensive car ever sold on Sotheby’s, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Selling at US$48,405,000, the 250 GTO was one of only 36 around the world ever made. Originally owned by Gianni Bulgari back in 2000, he eventually sold for it US$7,000,000. The car was originally driven by Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi, who led the car to victory during the 1962 Italian GT Championship. The 250 GTO is also known for being the first in class in both the 1963 and 64 Targa Florio, an open road endurance race made popular from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s. (Image: Sotheby’s)
Touted as the most expensive British car ever sold at an auction, the 1963 Aston Martin DP215 was recently sold for a whopping US$21,455,000 on Sotheby’s. A one-off by Aston Martin, the DP215 was created specifically for the 24 Hour Le Mans race back in 1963. It was favoured to win before being forced to retire early due to a gearbox failure. However, during the race the DP215 did clock in an impressive 319.6kph. It has since then gone through multiple restorations over the decades with the consultation of Ted Cutting, the original designer of the DP215. It’s also fitted with the original engine as well as the correct-type five-speed gearbox. (Image: Sotheby’s)
While it’s asking price isn’t as extravagant as the first two, the 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR does command a certain level of respect. Being able to stand toe-to-toe with both the Porsche GT1 as well as the McLaren F1, the AMG CLK GTR was sold on Sotheby’s for US$4,515,000. With only 25 made, the car was purposefully built from the highest tier of FIA GT racing design. The AMG CLK GTR has been kept in its original form, from its body to its engine, drivetrain, and even its paint job. (Image: Sotheby’s)
What was once part of a private collection, the 2007 Porsche RS Spyder was put back onto the Gooding & Co. auction block. The RS Spyder series was Porsche’s way to mark its return back into the endurance racing scene back in 2005 while the 2007 rendition carries a very similar build. Featuring a Porsche-designed V8 engine with 478hp and 10,000 rpm, it’s safe to say that the RS Spyder was not street legal at the very least. It was also one of the last RS Spyder’s to be built during the 2007 racing season and stands as one of Porsche’s greatest prototype racing cars in its history. (Image: Gooding & Co.)
Another car from the famed German manufacturer, the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe is one of the greatest sports cars ever built in the 1950’s. Noticeable at first glance thanks to its gullwing doors, the 300SL was sold for US$1,875,000 on Bonhams. While it has already been driven, the team over at Bonhams ensures that the car is in tip-top shape, retaining its original paint job as well. The car is also a direct descendant to the 1952 Mercedes Benz Le Mans W194 competition coupe. (Image: Bonhams)