The 20 Most Expensive Cars from 2018’s Biggest Collector-Car Auctions ""

By | January 23, 2018

What better time to restock or update your car collection than late January, when winter is tightly embracing much of the United States and that seven-figure stock dividend from last year is burning a hole in your ample checkbook? Well, the Phoenix metropolitan area had people like you covered last week, with numerous high-line car auctions appealing to car collectors and dreamers alike in what is annually the highest volume of collector-vehicle sales at auction.--Seven auction houses sold 2668 of the 3176 vehicle lots on offer in 2018, pulling in a grand total of $247.8 million, according to Hagerty Insurance, which had representatives observing the sales last week in Arizona. This is fractionally lower than the totals recorded in the 2017 sales, although the average car price increased by more than $3000, to $92,887, thanks in part to a number-one seller that eclipsed last year’s dearest sale—a 1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight—by $715,000. --In hammering sold 1709 vehicles, television star Barrett-Jackson outdid the volume of every other auction house by a country mile, bringing in $112.3 million in the process. Gooding & Company placed more cars on this list of the top 20 priciest sales—seven—while bringing in $49.2 million with only 110 cars, for a week-leading average of $447,415 per. RM Sotheby’s saw $36.0 million worth of cars sell on its stage, while Bonhams did $25.2 million; both of those concerns have five cars on our list. Russo and Steele sold 415 cars, more than anyone besides Barrett-Jackson, but only one of them—a $660,000 1964 Cheetah GT—cracked the half-million-dollar mark. Worldwide Auctioneers brokered $6.1 million worth of sales on the wheels of 50 cars. Four cars in our top 20 sold for more than the entirety of the offerings from Silver Auctions, which made $3.2 million on 180 cars, for an affordable average sale price of $17,620. --But the top 20 are all well into seven-figure territory, ranging from late-model hypercars to European race cars to postwar classics and even a prewar Bentley that once served as a police car in Scotland. Swipe through to see them all:20. 2017 Ferrari F12tdf19. 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Carbon 6518. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet17. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder16. 1930 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Replica14 (tie). 1991 Ferrari F4014 (tie). 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster13. 1964 Ferrari 250GT/L12. 2015 McLaren P111. 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype10. 1948 Tucker 48Horacio Pagani, who had design and engineering experience at Lamborghini and Renault, branched out in 1992 and started his own company. He introduced the Zonda, his first supercar, in 1999 on his way to creating one of the mainstays in the modern supercar world today.--Many years, much anticipation, and dozens of special editions after the Zonda, Pagani followed up in 2011 with the Huayra, a car that was unlike anything before it inside and out. Gobs of high-quality leather, real pieces of metal, and flashy carbon fiber elevated the cabin while gullwing doors, an elevated central quad-exhaust outlet, gorgeously shaped carbon fiber, and antennaelike side mirrors set the Huayra apart to onlookers. Only 100 examples were built, and this one has less than 1000 miles on it.—Tony Markovich8. 2017 Ford GT7. 1967 Ferrari 330GTS6. 1972 Ferrari 365GTS/4 DaytonaThe 427 Cobra was conceived as a race car first and foremost, with myriad upgrades over earlier 289-cubic-inch versions, including Ford’s 500-ish-hp 427 side-oiler V-8, coil springs all around a larger 42-gallon fuel tank, an oil cooler, a riveted hood scoop, side exhausts, dual lightweight batteries, those iconic flared fenders, and an external fuel filler. But with only 50 or so of the required 100 competition-spec homologation chassis having been constructed, it failed to earn FIA certification, and roughly two-thirds of the cars were then built into street-legal S/C—for semi-competition—variants and sold into private hands. That includes this car, chassis number CSX3040, which was delivered new to a doctor living in a bedroom community of Los Angeles and subsequently owned by collectors in England and Australia. Packing all the competition goodies and being both sympathetically restored and lightly used over its lifetime—compared with many 427 Cobras, anyway—it makes sense that this mostly original example would sell above even Hagerty’s lofty $2.35 million valuation for concours-quality S/Cs.—Erik JohnsonOld Bugattis are never wanting for monetary value, and neither is this 1931 Type 55. This specific car is the first Type 55 in existence and was owned by the Duc de la Trémoille of the French nobility. This car wasn’t born with a silver spoon in its grille; it was the silver spoon. It won the 1947 Rally des Alpes—a four-day, 1035-mile trek—too, so it has some racing heritage as well.—Alexander StoklosaOriginally sold in Europe and raced extensively between 1954 and 1956 by its first two owners (it won its class four times at Zandvoort), this car has resided in the United States almost exclusively since the mid-1960s. Since then, this Pinin Farina–bodied machine has been featured on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 1978 and participated in two Mille Miglia retrospectives in the 1990s. Original to this car, its 170-hp 2.0-liter inline-four is more or less a copy of those engines that powered Alberto Ascari to Formula 1 championships for Enzo Ferrari’s team in 1952 and 1953. Who says real Ferraris need to have a V-12?—Rusty Blackwell2. 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder – $5,170,000 (Bonhams)1. 1965 Ferrari 275GTB Speciale – $8,085,000 (Gooding & Company) “”


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