Auction Records 2016

Looking at the classic car auctions, which were held in 2016, you can see in general a drop of foaming prices for classic vehicles. The pricing curve is heading a horizontal line and some vehicles even decrease in the price. But nevertheless, even 2016 there were classic cars, which particularly are so unique and special in their history, that they have reached record prices.

Ferrari was leader
The top ten list in 2016 is once again led by a Ferrari. At the beginning of the year 2016 the Ferrari 335 Sport, built in 1957, has been sold at theArtcurial Auction and reached 32.075.200 euro. Thus was the Ferrari 335 Sport became the second most expensive car in the world.
The Ferrari 335s spider with the chassis number 0674 was built in Maranello and fitted with a Scaglietti body. Originally, a 365 HP of strong 3.8 liters V12 Tipo 140 engine worked under its hood. After its completion, the Ferrari 1957 witnessed his debut at Sebring. The racing driver Peter Collins and Maurice Trintigant drove the debut participation in the sixth place. Two months later Wolfgang von trips cut off much better with him at the Mille Miglia. He reached the second place. After this race, the engine was swapped to a new 405 HP 4.1 liter Ferrari. Thus, he reached a top speed limited 300 km/h now. Of course the now superior performance should be proven immediately.

At Le Mans, the British racer Mike Hawthorne drove a lap-record, with a round – average speed of 202,78 km/h. The factory race car was used until 1958 in some races and successes which effected that the Ferrari Scuderia got the world construction price. In 1958, the Ferrari was retired and sold to the US American importer Liugi Chinetti. Also in his possession, considerable victories could be retracted, for example at the Cuba Grand Prix with Stirling Moss and Maston Gregory at the wheel. In 1960, the final stop for the Ferrari 335s Spider came. In the 70s, he went over in the possession of Pierre Bardinon, who restored it and moved it constantly on his private race track.


Jaguar D-type by RM & Sotheby’s
At the RM & Sotheby´s auction in Pebble Beach the Jaguar D-type, built in 1955, achieved 21.8 million dollars . This is due to the particular history of the vehicle. It was the the Le Mans overall winner 1956. It is the only C- or D-Type Le Mans vehicle which is still complete and running.

Pure elegance presents the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo spider from 1939. The sporty and aerodynamic lightweight bodywork was built and designed by the Italian company Carrozzeria Touring in Turin. It is one of twelve touring spider vehicles. Thus it reached position three on the sales list of the record sales 2016. It was sold at RM & Sotheby’s auctions for $19.8 million. Thus, the touring spider reached also the eight rank of the world’s most expensive prewar cars.



Another Ferrari racing legend is the Ferrari 250GT LWB California spider Competizione from 1959. Although the Ferrari California spider reached 18.150.000 dollar, it could not burst the record sale of the Ferrari California Spider of the Baillon collection, which was auctioned 2105 at the Artcurial auction, but it is the most expensive vehicle that Gooding & company auctions has ever sold. The Ferrari 250GT LWB California spider Competizione has an aluminum build by Scaglietti and drove on the fifth position across the finishing line at the 10 hour race of Sebring 1960.


Another very nice Ferrari 250GT California spider was auctioned 2016 at Gooding’s & company. The short wheel based California spider also has a very special history. He has a brief cameo in the Oscar winning movie “Yesterday, tommorow and today” by Vittorio De Sica. Sophia Loren gets a lift in the Ferrari, after she had an accident with her Rolls Royce. The Ferrari achieved 17.160.000 dollars.


The Shelby Cobra occupies 6th place
Rank six in the record list of the most expensive classic cars 2016 is occupied by the Shelby Cobra 260 CSX 2000 sold at RM & Sotheby’s auctions for $13.8 million. The Shelby Cobra CSX 2000 development laid the foundation stone of Carroll Shelby´s incredible carrer. The powerful car was born in a small garage in Santa Fe Springs. Carroll Shelby and a handful of Hot Rodders worked on the new Ford lightweight until it was perfect. Now the car – powered by a V8 engine accelerated in 4.2 seconds to 100. Who ever enjoys speed: the maximum of this original is 246 km/h. The vehicle has been owned by Carol Shelby himself, and was never sold.


The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione, built in 1960, was auctioned at Pebble Beach by Gooding’s & co. It is one of the first built Ferrari SWB Berlinettas. It was driven at the 24 hours of Le Mans race in 1960 by Ed Hugus and Augie Pabst for the NART team and crossed the finish line on the 7th place. The vehicle has still the original bodywork by Scaglietti and matching numbers for engine and transmission. The price for this Ferrari was $13.5 million.


Also Alfa Romeo had the nose front

Also real racing genes has the Alfa Romeo 8 C Monza from 1933, auctioned at Pebble Beach by Gooding & Co. It was sold for 11.990.000 dollars. Thus the Alfa Romeo 8C Monza is the most expensive Alfa Romeo of all time. Renato Balestrero won in 1947 at the sport Nazionale Championship with this vehicle. The Alfa Romeo has still the original body of Brianza and matching numbers engine and transmission.


Even Bugatti could trump in 2016 with a world record, because at Gooding & co in Pebble Beach the Bugatti type 55 Roadster from 1932 was auctioned for $10.4 million. This is way above the Bugatti Roylale Kellner Coupé that was sold in 1987 for $9.8 million. The Bugatti Type 55 Roadster is the only one of its type, which ever attended the Mille Miglia in 1932. Presumably, the vehicle has been run privately by Jean Bugatti. Of course, this history justifies such a price.


Mercedes-Benz 540 K rank 10
The record, to be the third Mercedes-Benz, which was sold for over $10 million, was narrowly missed by the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster. It was auctioned off for $9.9 million at the RM & Sotheby’s auction in Scottsdale. It forms the bottom of the top ten sales 2016.
But we want to mention yet another record sale. Bonahms 2016 brought the sleek Bugatti type 57 SC sports tourer to the auction. It is one of the first cars that was built by designer Jean Bugatti. The Bugatti was auctioned for $9.7 million.

Year Car Price ($) Auction House Auction

1 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport by Scaglietti
35,711,359 Artcurial Paris
2 1955 Jaguar D-Type
21,780,000 RM Sotheby’s Monterey
3 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring
19,800,000 RM Sotheby’s Monterey
4 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione 18,150,000 Gooding Pebble Beach Beach
5 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider 17,160,000 Gooding Amelia Island
6 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000
13,750,000 RM Sotheby’s Monterey
7 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione 13,500,000 Gooding Pebble Beach
8 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza 11,990,000 Gooding Pebble Beach
9 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster 10,400,000 Gooding Pebble Beach
10 1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen 9,900,000 RM Sotheby’s Arizona