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
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.
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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