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  Most expensive car ever sold at auction-1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sets world record   
  MARANELLO, Italy -- During an auction which took place at Ferrari's factory and test circuit at Maranello in northern Italy, a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold for for €9,020,000, or about $12.4 million dollars-which sets a new world record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction.
   Photo: The immaculate machine actually sold for a “hammer price” of €8.2 million. But with a buyer’s premium of 10 percent, the official sale price was €9.02 million — or $12,402,500 at current exchange rates.   (enlarge photo)

  The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, one of just 22 similar models built at Maranello, boasts an important race history in North and South America. It debuted in the Buenos Aires 1000km in 1958 and came 4th overall before being sold to a US client who raced it extensively in the SCCA championship.

   Between 1957 and 1958, only 22 examples of the open-topped "pontoon fender" model were made, according to the statement.

    Examples of the open-topped two-seater model entered 19 international championship races from 1958 to 1961, claiming 10 victories, it said. The example sold on auction has a black body and a red nose. Inside, the leather seats are red.

The previous world record for a car sold at auction was just last year and was also set by a Ferrari, when UK radio host Chris Evans paid Euro 7.0 million (AU$12.62 million/NZ$16.16 Million) for a black 1861 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California previously owned by James Coburn.

  Both cars were sold at the “Ferrari Leggenda e Passione”, an annual auction of the finest Ferrari and Maserati super cars organized by RM Auctions and held at Ferrari’s test track, Fiorano, in Maranello.

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